Saturday, August 30, 2008

Okotoks Oilers/Calgary Canucks be continued

The Oilers third pre-season game was started, but not finished on Saturday night at the Centennial Arena in Okotoks. Going into this game, the 1-1 Oilers were looking to build on their 8-1 shellacking of the Olds Grizzlies on Wednesday.
I thought our guys looked quite spunky and skating well in the first period. With only 3 veterans in the line-up (Torris,Conway and Hoogenboom) the remaining guys all showed they want to make this team. They definately held the territorial advantage as they outshot the Canucks 15-7, but were trailing 2-0.
The second started well when Brandon Hoogenboom scored with the 2 man advantage, but the fiesty Canucks got another later in the period to go to the dressing room after the second up 3-1. Again, I though the Oilers deserved a much better fate as the determination was still there to win this game.
The third period saw the Canucks take a 4-1 lead when with 7:08 left in the game,an Oiler (I missed who it was) coming down the left wing skated over the oppositions blue line and gets checked into the boards. His skate comes up and hits the glass and that pane of glass shatters. After a 25 minute delay, they announce the game will be continued at 5:30 tomorrow night at Max Bell.
I thought that some Oilers showed they could have what it takes to play in this league. Nick Bell, Cody Dion, Andy Singerhouse all had moments in the game.
So it's off to Max Bell on Sunday night for the conclusion of this game and game four of the Oilers 2008/09 preseason.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Preseason..Oilers 8 Grizzlies 1

Our Okotoks Oilers evened their Preseason record at 1-1 with a convincing win on the road against the Olds Grizzlies. The 8-1 win was a complete offensive turnaround from the previous night when the offence was missing a step.

Looks like the first period was quite offensive, as shots on goal favored the Oilers 17-15 and us outscoring the bears 3-1. The second period was even more impressive as the Grizzlies were outshout 11-6 and outscored 4-0. The third period was just icing on the cake as we scored the final goal, and continued outshooting the opposition 14-9.

Not too sure if or how many of the veterans played, but the offensive burst came at a time when the new players are trying to impress the coaching staff.

Next up is this Saturday at home against the Canucks.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Preseason..Grizzlies 3 Oilers 1

The first preseason game was played on Tuesday night with the Oilers coming up short in losing 3-1 to the Olds Grizzlies. The score was very flattering to our boys, who got outshot 37-14.

A line-up of unfamiliar names could not keep up to the opposition as they skated circles around the Oilers for most of the night. Our goaltenders Alex Wakaluk and Andy Carmichael played very well.

Penalities really kept us from sustaining any real pressure on Olds. With Olds scoring one on the PP, one shorthanded and one even strength, Oilers forward Doug Lindensmith scored from the right circle on a great shot.

Next, the Oilers travel to Olds for a return match, and possibly a tougher line-up on Wednesday night, then it's a home and home series against the Calgary Canucks this weekend. Next home preseason game is this Saturday against the Canucks.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Intersquad (Top Prospect) game, Sunday, August 24

The Okotoks Oilers held their Intersquad game on Sunday, August 24. Forty players, broken evenly into the white and black teams played a quick, spirited game.
The white team was manned with Jesse Hudkins and Derek Rodwell and 18 hopefuls against the black team that had veterans Braely Torris, Justin Daigle, Mason Conway, Chris Duszynski and Brandon Hoogenboom.

The fast paced game was played in 2 hours, with a few minor penalties called and little pushing, shoving or roughness. Even though I am far from a knowledgable scout, I though some new kids played quite well. Standing out to me were rookies Cody Dion, Daniel Hrabowych and Sohkes Auger. Both Jesse Hudkins and Chris Duszynski stood out for the returnees, along with all 4 goaltenders.

Two walking wounded watched the game from the stands, James Bannister (concussion) and Brian Doust (shoulder).

Oh yes, for what it's worth, the White team won by a score of 3-1.

Next up is the start of the pre-season with the Olds Grizzlies here on Tuesday night.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Upcoming exhibition games

The Oilers exhibition games are NOT part of the season ticket package. Tickets for the exhibition games will be $5.00 per person, $2.00 per child 8 – 12 yrs, 7 and under will be free.


Tuesday August 26th vs. Olds Grizzlys @ 7:00 pm

Saturday August 30th vs. Calgary Canucks @ 7:00 pm

Tuesday September 2nd vs. Canmore Eagles @ 7:00 pm

The seasons tickets have been ordered and should be in later next week. Dawn will email you when they are in.

Intersquad game, Sunday, August 24

Come have your first peek at the new look 2008/09 Okotoks Oilers on Sunday, August 24 at 1 p.m. at the Centennial Arena in Okotoks as the Oilers play their intersquad game.
Not too sure if they are charging admittance or if it's a free game, but its our initial chance to see the future of our hockey team.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Players to watch.. Tyler Matthews

August 12 – The Okotoks Oilers acquire the rights of Tyler Matthews from the Marquette Rangers (NAHL) for future considerations. Tyler is from Buffalo, NY and is a 5'11", 185lb defenceman born April 11 1989.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Training camp starts

Training camp has opened for the 2008/2009 season for the Okotoks Oilers on Thursday, August 21. Ninety players are expected to attend.
The Oilers will have a new look to them this year as only 10 players are returning to camp from the 2007-08 squad. They are Corban Knight, Chris Duszynski, Derek Rodwell, James Bannister, Brandon Hoogenboom, Justin Daigle, Brian Doust, Mason Conway, Jesse Hudkins, and goalie Braely Torris.
Michael Snider, who backstopped the UFA Bisons last year, is vying for one of the Oilers’ goalie positions. Some of the other players to watch for include Cody Ellerby, Corey Kapeller and Sam Prpich.

Dan Conacher moves on.

The Oilers announce that forward Dan Conacher has been released so he could play with the Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League. Dan had 4 goals and 9 assists and 24 minutes in penalities in 29 games last year. We wish him the best of luck, and if it happens to not work out, there is a radio broadcasting job for you up here :)

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Training camp opens Aug. 21st.

Yes, It' that time of year to shift our thoughts from summer to hockey. Training camps open in the next few weeks for the teams in the AJHL and our Okotoks Oilers start theirs on Thursday August 21/08 in preparation of the pre-season commencing on August 26 at home.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Corbin Gavin traded

July 29 – The Okotoks Oilers trade the AJHL/CHA rights of Corbin Gavin to the Lloydminster Bobcats for future considerations THEN...

July 31 - The Lloydminster Bobcats trade the AJHL/CHA rights of Ian McAllister and Corbin Gavin to the Grade Prairie Storm for the AJHL/CHA rights of Mackenzie Caron, completion of the Meyers deal and future considerations.