Okotoks Bisons
Bisons Weekend Wrap Ups October 27 to November 4, 2018
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A busy couple of weeks ends with Bisons falling in a shootout to the Medicine Hat Cubs.

It’s been a fairly successful last couple of weeks for the Okotoks Bisons if you take out Sunday’s heartbreaking 5-4 shootout loss to the Medicine Hat Cubs.

Two weekends ago (Oct 27th/28th) the Bisons would sweep the Red Deer Vipers. October 27th Devin Reagan made 29 saves for his third shutout of the season and Nicholas Murrell scored twice as Okotoks opened the home and home weekend with a 3-0 win over the Vipers. October 28th the Bisons had to work from behind but thanks to a stellar goaltending performance from Devin Reagan (42 saves) kept Okotoks within striking distance (2-0) before Jagger Thiessen was able to find the back of the net late in the 2nd period to cut Red Deer’s lead to 2-1. In the third period, Tyler Bordt would tie the game with a power play goal early on to send the game to overtime. The Vipers would get a power play to finish off the third and start overtime. While on the man advantage Red Deer would get several opportunities to win the game including what looked like an empty net for Justin Parrup but Goaltender Devin Reagan would rob the Vipers forward. Shortly after that save Okotoks would go the other way and Connor Taylor would snap a shot over the blocker hand of Justin Anderson to give the Bisons their second straight victory.

The day before Halloween the boys in blue and red traveled to Strathmore to take on the Wheatland Kings for the third time this season. In another closely contested game, the Bisons would top their divisional rivals 4-3.

The first period would be a back and forth affair with Okotoks getting a majority of the chances. The Bisons would open the scoring after Travis Scott placed a shot off the pad of Strathmore goaltender Brett Willian and Nicholas Murrell picked up the rebound and deposited it into the back of the net. Strathmore would take advantage of a couple of bounces and score two quick goals to take a 2-1 lead. On a broken play, Austin O’Bray had the puck knocked off his stick but it went right to a waiting Jason Horn who would snap the puck into the back of the net to even the game a two. The second period would see just one goal and it came 11 seconds in as Austin O’Bray wired a shot under the bar to give Okotoks a 3-2 lead. Joel Deeprose would extend the Bisons lead to two goals early in the third period as he would wrist a shot into the back of the net. Midway through the third, the Wheatland Kings would get within one. However, despite some nail-biting moments in the late stages of the third, the Bisons would hold on for their third straight victory.

Sunday looked like the Bisons were going to make it four in a row as they took on the Medicine Hat Cubs. The Bisons would get a goal late in the opening period from Tyler Bordt as he would go bar down to make it 1-0.

In the second Okotoks would add to their lead as Brandt Black would pounce on a loose puck and chip it into the back of the goal to make it 2-0. Devyn Stewart then snapped a shot between the pads of Cubs starting goaltender Brett Vanderveer. Black would then get his second of the period thanks to a hard-working shift where he created a couple of turnovers on thunderous body checks before going to the front of the net and banging in the puck to make it 4-0 Bisons. Medicine Hat would get one later in the period to cut the lead to 4-1 after two periods. Late in the frame Bisons goaltender Nicholas Ewanchuck would collide with a teammate and get up awkwardly, he finished the second but did not come out for the third.

Matthew Baba would come in to start the third period. Medicine Hat wouldn’t get a lot of chances to come back in the third, but when they did get a chance they would capitalize and slowly chip away at the three goal deficit. Noah Irvine scored on the power play, later in the third Mackenzie Fritzler would jam in a loose puck even strength to get the Cubs within one. While shorthanded the Cubs would complete the comeback with a breakaway goal from Mackenzie Fritzler to tie the game at four.

Overtime would settle nothing and it was off to a shootout. The first two rounds (O’Bray, Murrell for Okotoks and Crawford and Chandler Aleman for the Cubs) would see all the shooters get stopped. In round three Noah Irvine would place a shot over the blocker hand of Baba to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead. Which would mean that Jason Horn would have to score to keep the shootout going, unfortunately, the Bison forward would be stopped and the Cubs would complete to the come back to win 5-4 in a shootout.

Okotoks controlled much of the game outshooting Medicine Hat 50-35. The Bisons finished the game 0/4 on the power play while the Cubs went 1/6 with the extra attacker.

The Bisons are back in action on Thursday night when they welcome the Cochrane Generals to the Murray Arena. Puck drop will be at 8:15.

Story by

Chris Colwell


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