Okotoks Bisons
Bisons Weekend Wrap Up September 28-30, 2018
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The Okotoks Bisons finished off September with a perfect 6-0 record following a pair of dominating wins over the weekend.

Friday night the Bisons welcomed the expansion Lomond Lakers and dominated them from start to finish to an 8-1 victory.

Right from the opening faceoff the Bisons were in the Lakers end and were rewarded with the games opening goal just 4:23 into the game. Kyle Harrison weaved through the Lakers defense before setting up Jagger Thiessen who chipped the puck over Brady Newton. Just over a minute later Brandt Black (assist to Austin O'Bray at 5:51) would bury the rebound to extend the lead to 2-0. On the power play, Mitch Wolfe snapped a shot from the point, and Connor Taylor would snap the puck top shelf to make it 3-0. Shots favored Okotoks 23-1 in the opening period.

While shorthanded the Bisons added to their lead at 3:27 Bryan Weber sent Nicholas Murrell and Austin O' Bray on a breakaway and Murrell would send a perfect pass over to O'Bray who would slide the puck under Newton. Midway through the period, it was Nicholas Murrell's turn to find the back of the net, this time it was thanks to the relentless pressure the Bisons would put on the Lakers, Brandt Black and Austin O'Bray would get the assists as Okotoks led 5-0 after two periods. Shots favored the Bisons 19-7 in the second and 42-8 through 40 minutes.

Early in the third, the Bisons would get sloppy, and Lomond made them pay. Clayton Billyard snuck behind the Okotoks defense and deked out  Nicholas Ewanchuk to get the Lakers on the board, Wacy Sandum, and Aaron Areshenko would get the assists. Okotoks would get that goal back as Joel Deeprose ripped a shot from the point that would sneak under the arm of Newton, Dallas Otto and Brandt Black would get the assists. On the power play, Nicholas Murrell would set up Connor Taylor for a one timer and his second of the game. Just over a minute later Devyn Stewart would cap off the scoring as he snuck in off the point and blasted a shot behind Newton, Nicholas Lush, and Nic Jordan drew helpers on the goal. Shots ended up 19-6 Bisons in the third and 61-14 in the hockey game.

On Sunday the Bisons put up another eight goals, and Nicholas Ewanchuck stopped all 20 shots he faced.

Medicine Hat would hold Okotoks in check in the first period and get some good scoring chances, but the game was scoreless after 1. Shots favored the Bisons 10-7 in the opening frame.

It would take just 23 seconds for the Bisons to get on the board in the second period as Nicholas Murrell would outwait Brett Vanderveer and tuck the puck in to make it 1-0. Nicholas Murrell would then set up Brandt Black who snuck a shot under Vanderveer to make it 2-0 just 4:26 into the second period. Only 21 seconds later Brandt Black would get his second of the night off a turnover by the Cubs. On the Power Play, Devon Barlow would wire his first of the season under the arm of Vanderveer to make it 4-0 Bisons after two. Shots in the middle frame were 13-7 for the Bisons who held a 23-14 shot edge after 40 minutes of play.

The third period was almost exactly like the second for the Okotoks Bisons as they would get four more goals. Austin O'Bray notched his 10th point of the season and seventh goal just 1:39 into the third period when he took a pass from Nicholas Murrell and pounded the puck into the net. After that, it was the Kody Brigs show. The 21-year-old forward would make it 6-0 by finding the rebound and snapping the puck into the back of the net, Nic Jordan and Nicholas Lush got the helpers on the goal. Back to back power play goals finished off the scoring. First at 10:09 Briggs picked up the loose puck in the slot and flicked the puck over the outstretched arm of Vanderveer, Kyle Dunville drew the lone assist. Just four minutes later Dunville once caused havoc in front of the net and allowed Kody Briggs to sweep the loose puck into the net for a natural hat trick. Okotoks outshot Medicine Hat 19-6 in the third period and would outshoot the Cubs 42-20 in the hockey game.

The Boys in blue will be back in action on home ice on Friday night (October 5th) when they welcome the Blackfalds Wranglers to the Murray Arena at 8:00. The Bisons will then finish off the weekend on Saturday (October 6th) in High River against the Flyers. Saturday's game will be on MIXLR starting at 5:25.

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