Story Coming In:
Fort McMurray is looking to build off their shutout win over the Drumheller Dragons. The Oil Barons continue their four game trip on Thursday and Friday. Next on the road are the Calgary Canucks and the Olds Grizzlys respectively. Currently the Oil Barons are holding on to the final playoff spot, however, a couple of wins can launch them to the middle of the AJHL standings. Noah Nelson has been stellar for the Oil Barons thus far this season. After the 42 save shutout over Drumheller, he is sporting a 2.93 goals against average, and a .929 save percentage. His solid play will need to continue as Fort McMurray’s offense continues to try and find traction.
View From Calgary & Olds:
The Canucks are off to one of the best starts to their season in recent years. Calgary is sitting on an eight game point streak, and find themselves one of five teams tied for first place in the AJHL standings with a 7-1-1-1 record. Julien Gervais has been the spark for their offense, while Julian Molinaro and Spencer Borsos combined for one of the best goaltending duos at the start of the season. Calgary also has some confidence against the Oil Barons, as they swept both games between the two teams last season. Meanwhile, the Olds Grizzlys continue their struggles in recent years. Sitting in last place with one win in nine games, the Grizzlys have their difficulties finding the back of the net, with a league worst 17 goals this year. Olds is a big, heavy team that will try to wear down opponents.
Stats Leaders For Fort McMurray:
Goals: Gruener (4)
Assists: Ringor (5)
Points: Ringor (7)
PIM: Nordstrom & Schmidt (20)
Goalie: Nelson: 1-3-0-1, 2.93 GAA, 0.929%, 1 SO