Hamly Hammers Home Hat-Trick as MOB take down Crusaders

It was the Jack Hamly show Wednesday night at the Casman Centre as the 20 year old had a career night scoring his first career AJHL hat-trick and adding an assist for a four point night in an 8-4 Oil Barons win over the Sherwood Park Crusaders.

The line of Hamly, Liam Izyk and Nicholas McCarry dominated the Crusaders all evening, combining for 10 points in the win as the MOB (9-6-5) snapped their two game slide while putting a stop to the Crusaders (15-4-2) five game winning streak.

It was Hamly who opened the scoring 8:22 into the first period off a face-off win from Izyk. The 20 year old walked around Matt Berlin and stuffed home his first of the night. The Barons would double their lead at 11:55 of the first period when Jackson Verstraete ripped a shot into the top right corner while flying down the left wing.

The Crusaders found a way to tie the game 2-2 before the period was out when Brett Wieschorster and Carter Savoie each tallied goals two minutes apart.

The second period started off with a bang as McCarry, Izyk and Hamly hooked up for a tic-tac-toe passing play that ended with Hamly hammering home his second of the night 38 seconds into the frame.

The overtime hero from a night earlier, Garrett Clegg would tie the game at 4:22 with a seeing eye shot from the high slot that beat a screened Chris Curr.

Hamly completed the hat-trick at 13:56 when he deflected in an Izyk shot after a hard fore check created a turnover in the offensive zone. Hamly now has nine points in his last eight games since converting from centre to the wing.

The lines next shift resulted in another highlight reel goal but this time it was McCarry who finished off another tic-tac-toe passing play to put the Barons up 5-3 through two periods. Izyk’s four assist night was a new career high for points in a game and gives him six points in his last three games.

Berlin was pulled after allowing five goals on 25 shots as Carter Gylander came in to start the third period for the Crusaders.

A powerplay goal from Carter Savoie mid-way through the period cut the MOB lead to 5-4 but the Oil Barons responded right back when Kole Gable notched his 10th of the year to restore the two goal lead.

Hamly was making his presence felt on the scoreboard as well as in the physical department as he laid out Brett Wieschorster in open ice with a clean check. Jayden Platz jumped Hamly while skating back up the ice and as a result was a given a five minute major for fighting which gave the MOB a lengthy powerplay with just over eight minutes to play.

Reed Morison and Chad MacLean both scored on the man-advantage to put the game out of reach as the MOB equaled their season high for goals in a game with eight. The powerplay goals also extended the the MOB’s streak to six straight games with a powerplay goal.

The Barons are right back in action Friday night when they take on the Brooks Bandits before welcoming the Camrose Kodiaks to the Casman Centre on Saturday. The MOB will be wearing special commemorative jerseys for both games that will be auctioned off with proceeds going towards the Royal Canadian Legion.

Written by: Taylor Pope, mymcmurray.com

Photo by: Dan Lines