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Olds 4 at Calgary Royals 3
The Olds Grizzlys, heavy underdogs heading into the series, moved one step closer to the biggest upset of the AJHL playoffs in the past several years.
Unlike the previous four games, the bulk of the scoring in this one took place in the early going. Midway through the opening period, Craig Bezjack scored for the Grizzlys to make it 1-0. The assists went to Tyler Brosz and Mike Gerstenbuhler, who is eligible for this year’s draft and recorded his first point of the post-season. Just over a minute after the Olds goal, Ben Knopp tied the game up on the powerplay for the Royals and three minutes after that Krys Kolanos scored an even-strength tally. Both goals were assisted by David Evans, who increased his playoff point total to 8 points. Colen Pappas tied the game up before the period would end as he scored a shorthanded goal at the 15:27 mark.
In the second period, Greg Davis gave the Grizzlys the lead on the powerplay 8:22 in. However, Calgary didn’t take long to tie it up as Ben Knopp, who has been having a terrific playoff thus far, scored a goal assisted by Scooter Smith and Krys Kolanos to knot the game at three. Under a minute later, Tyler Brosz scored what would turn out to be the winner, assisted by Ryan Watson and Joel Macauley.
For the first time in this series, goaltending was the story. Olds’ Leo Hryshukevitch saved six shots in the first period, 18 in the second and eight more in the third. Jamie Iwamoto, who started in place of regular season starter Peter Dobrowolski in game three, four and tonight and hadn’t lost until this evening, was also very solid. He withstood an early barrage in stopping 12 shots in the first period, six in the second and six more in the third.
(1) Leo Hryshukevitch – Stealing the show in a series dominated by goal scorers to this point.
(2) Jamie Iwamoto – Has taken the number one job and run with it this postseason. Was brilliant again for the third straight night.
(3) Ben Knopp – Starting to show signs that he could go in the first round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. After his two goals tonight, currently stands with 6 goals, 6 assists and 12 points in 5 playoff games.
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March 16th – Calgary Royals at Olds, 7:30pm MT
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