Oil Kick 2021 in the butt

Dec 31, 2021 - Okotoks play a matinee game against the Calgary Canucks at the re-furbished Max Bell arena.<br />
Okotoks came away with the 2 points after defeating the Canucks 9-0

Dec 31, 2021 The Oilers defeat the Calgary Canucks 10-0 at Max Bell.

It was another freezing cold Calgary day and time for a rare matinee game in the AJHL on the last day of 2021.

Uncertainty loomed everywhere. The IIHF cancelled the Women's U18 Championship, the NHL was on hold, the AJHL  cancelled a couple of games due to COVID, the Mac's U18 AAA cancelled again and the World Juniors held for the second time in two years in Edmonton, would not see the puck drop on another game in 2021. 

2021, the bastard child to 2020, could leave the way it came in as far as I was concerned, quickly!

Bruce Cockburn has a lyric in Lovers from a Dangerous time, "... Got to kick at the darkness 'til it bleeds daylight...

I'm going to put on my Artsy fartsy hat for a moment, and I can because this is my website, Friday I envisioned the Oil as our chosen champions acting on behalf of a beleaguered and  human race that was tired of everything 2020 and 2021. In response, that Friday the boys kicked the crap out of 2021, I mean they laid the boots to it! They kicked at 2021 until it bled a new year. I think my grade 12 English teacher would be kinda proud that it only took me 37 years to put to use what she was trying to teach me. 

Dec 31, 2021 - Okotoks play a matinee game against the Calgary Canucks at the re-furbished Max Bell arena.<br />
Okotoks came away with the 2 points after defeating the Canucks 9-0

Connor Hellyer opens the scoring and scores what would eventually hold up as the game winner

Dec 31, 2021 - Okotoks play a matinee game against the Calgary Canucks at the re-furbished Max Bell arena.<br />
Okotoks came away with the 2 points after defeating the Canucks 9-0

As for the game. It was total dominance from the drop of the puck to the final whistle with the Oil quickly chasing Canucks starting goalie Ian Mills after only 6:05 of playing time as the 3rd of just 6 shots lit the lamp.

Not all blame lay with young Mr. Mills as the last time I looked there are supposed to be 5 other guys on the ice that should at least slow down the opposition and give him a chance. Nonetheless, call up Spencer Boros came in and had better luck stopping 37 of 44 shots.... yes... I said 44 shots for a total of 50 in the game!

Dec 31, 2021 - Okotoks play a matinee game against the Calgary Canucks at the re-furbished Max Bell arena.<br />
Okotoks came away with the 2 points after defeating the Canucks 9-0

Rieger Lorenz had a hatty and a helper, cementing his hold on 4th place in the league points race. Looking at my pictures Rieger was everywhere! I had to check to see if he was   playing goal too but as most d-men can profess, forwards don't come THAT far back from the blue line!

Bowden scored 2 including one from the point on a powerplay. I'm not sure if he has been watching my grandson celebrate goals but it was ... different. Sort of a cross between a salute and a high five. Mind you, when you score as much as he does you need to keep it fresh for the fans!

  • Dec 31, 2021 - Okotoks play a matinee game against the Calgary Canucks at the re-furbished Max Bell arena.
Okotoks came away with the 2 points after defeating the Canucks 9-0
  • Dec 31, 2021 - Okotoks play a matinee game against the Calgary Canucks at the re-furbished Max Bell arena.
Okotoks came away with the 2 points after defeating the Canucks 9-0

- Finally! I got a picture of Trainer Courtney Owen with her mask off! As a photographer I hate taking pics with those things on.

- Funny little Rieger moment. It was a break in the game and puck was sitting in the circle to the right of Canucks goalie Boros. Rieger casually skates over and moves it on to the face off dot. Canucks d-man Whittaker casually skates over and moves the puck a foot to the right of the circle. Rieger casually skates over and moves the puck on to the face off dot again. Whittaker casually saktes over and moves the puck a foot to the left of the face off dot.... I think we'd still be there watching this cat and mouse game had the linesman not come, picked up the puck and ..... put it on the face off dot ala Rieger!

- The new lighting in the arena is a photographers dream! It's awesome ... when they turn it on! After turning out all the lights in the first intermission and leaving the poor Zamboni to find the boards using The Force, they forget to turn all the lights on for the second period! A complete side of the rink was dark. Do you remember those game pictures that they had hanging up in the Stampede Corral? You know the type, player is lit and the rest of the rink is dark? Well that's what my second period pics looked like. 

Dec 31, 2021 - Okotoks play a matinee game against the Calgary Canucks at the re-furbished Max Bell arena.<br />
Okotoks came away with the 2 points after defeating the Canucks 9-0
Dec 31, 2021 - The boys discuss New Years Eve plans with the official.

"I'm telling you, Betty Rubble is SO much hotter than Wilma!"

"Everyone knows Lara Croft rocks it!"

"Guys, it's Jessica Rabbit..."

"Oh Yeah!"

"Absolutely!"

"Nailed it"

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