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Bison Forward Named Player Of The Week
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Bisons forward Kyle Harrison was named the HJHL player of the week.

Harrison tallied five goals and chipped in with three assists for eight points in two games. Harrison is riding a three game point streak and is just eight points away from matching his point total from last year.

Kyle is the first Bison to reach ten goals this season and has 16 points which is second on the team just a point behind Josh McCulloch for the team lead.

The Bisons will be on the road for a pair of games this weekend as they travel to Didsbury to battle Mountainview on Friday and Medicine Hat on Sunday. You can listen to both games by going to the Bisons broadcast channel: The Okotoks Bisons have now won four in a row following another weekend sweep, this time it was against a pair of divisional opponents.

Kyle Harrison's nine points (five on Friday and four on Sunday) helped lead the Bisons to a 7-5 win over Strathmore on Friday and a 5-2 victory over High River on Sunday.

Friday didn't start off well against the Wheatland Kings as George Montour (assists to Chayse Hnatowich and Garret Vander Ploeg) walked out from the corner and tucked the puck out of the outreached pad of Matt McDonald. Okotoks would get back to back power play goals to take the lead. First Robbie McLean took a pass from Bradley Whitehead (2nd assist Josh McCulloch) and wristed the puck under the arm of Indiana Kelly to even the game at one. Kyle Harrison (assists to Tyler Rohl and Nicholas Murrell) would then get his first of the night on a wrist shot from the faceoff circle. Just a couple minutes later Nicholas Murrell and Robbie McLean set up Harrison for his second of the opening period to give the Bisons a 3-1 lead after one. Shots favored the Bisons 14-10.

Okotoks made it 4-1 just under six minutes into the second when Tyler Rohl intercepted a pass and snapped a shot over the glove of Kelly. The Bisons would keep coming on a bit of a broken play Kyle Harrison kept the puck in the offensive zone, but his pass was a little too hard for Brennan Fuoco to handle, but the puck would land on Robbie McLean's stick and he would wrist the puck into the back of the net. The Wheatland Kings would get that goal back on the power play when Nolan Lightning set up Brenden Moore for a one timer that would end up in the back of the net. Shots were 16-13 Strathmore in the second but favored the Bisons 27-26 through 40 minutes.

The third period would start with three goals in 23 seconds. Strathmore would get within two after Austin Holmes shot was denied, Jake Faris would tuck the rebound behind McDonald. Just 17 seconds after that Nicholas Murrel would get sprung on a breakaway by Kyle Harrison (2nd assist to Brennan Fuoco) and wristed a shot under the blocker of Kelly to make it 6-3. Right off the faceoff Nicholas Murrell would battle his way across the Wheatland Kings line and wristed the puck off of Kelly's blocker and in. That would spell the end of the night for Indiana Kelly as he would make 22 saves on 29 shots. A mere two minutes later George Montour deflected a point shot from Brenden Moore for his second of the night. Strathmore would continue to chip away at the Bisons lead late in the third. Garret Vander Ploeg set up Chayse Hnatowich was stopped, but George Montour knocked the bouncing puck into the back of the net to make it 7-5. That is as close as the Strathmore Kings would get. Shots favored Strathmore 22-15 in the third and 48-42 in the hockey game. Okotoks would go 2/5 on the power play while Strathmore went 1/4.

Sunday was a much better start for the Bisons as Nicholas Murrell and Robbie McLean would set up Kyle Harrison in the slot, and he would wire the shot between the pads of Chantz Vinck just 1:37 into the hockey game. Shots favored the Bisons 9-6.
It was another quick start to the second period as Robbie McLean, and Ben Shushkovsky set up Kyle Harrison for his second of the afternoon to make it 2-0 Okotoks. On the power play, the Bisons would strike again this tie Josh McCulloch and Brennan Fuoco set up Robbie McLean who would blast the puck into the back of the net. Just beyond the midpoint of the second period Logan MacLean set up Evan Pakkala who ripped a shot that would be tipped in by Mason Mazur to get the Flyers on the board. Shots once again were in favor of Okotoks, this time by a 22-13 count and 31-19 in the game.

Early in the third Egor Sinko would force a turnover and fired a pass across to Joel Nalder who redirected the puck beyond Devin Reagan to get High River within one. Okotoks would get the lead back to two as Robbie McLean (2nd assist to Nicholas Murrell) dropped the puck for Kyle Harrison who snapped the puck top corner to make it 4-2. Just 49 seconds after that Josh McCulloch (2nd assist to Ben Shushkovsky) would fight off a check and sweep the puck over to Kody Briggs who snapped the puck into the back of the net to cap off the scoring. Shots in the third period were 10-7 for the Bisons and finished off 41-26 for Okotoks.

The Bisons will play their next two games on the road. Friday night they will take on the Mountainview Colts and Sunday the Medicine Hat Cubs. You can listen to both games on the Bisons broadcast channel http://mixlr.com/okotoks-bisons/.


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