Wednesday Dec 20, 2017
wrtten by: Gino de Paol
Truro, N.S. – Okotoks Oilers centre Dylan Holloway (Bragg Creek, Alta) and defenceman Jacob Bernard-Docker (Canmore, Alta) helped guide Team Canada West to a gold medal following a 5-1 victory over the United States at the World Junior A Challenge on Saturday, December 16.
Holloway would score Canada West’s fifth and final goal in the gold medal game at 7:08 into the 3rd period capping off a three point performance (2 goals, 1 assist) while Bernard-Docker played on Canada West’s top defence pairing all tournament also scoring three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in five games.
“Character. Lots of character, and a lot of heart,” was Team Canada West head coach Mike Reagan’s response when asked about what made the difference for his team. “‘The Western Way.’ That’s what we preached, and the Canadian Way, and I’m just so proud of these guys. Three days ago we were sitting at 0-2, but we believed in this group.”
Bernard-Docker & Holloway returned to Okotoks Monday following the tournament and were back in the line-up against the Camrose Kodiaks on Tuesday night (December 19, 2017) and Oilers Head Coach Tyler Deis says they’ll add some great depth and more big game experience into the line-up.
“Jacob & Dylan were integral parts of Canada West’s success at the World Junior A Challenge and we are looking forward to seeing them back in our line-up,” He says. “Their experience from the past two weeks in international competition will help our hockey club going into the final 26 games of the regular season and into the playoffs.”
Bernard-Docker in 26 games with the Oilers in the 2017-18 season has 21 points (9 goals, and 12 assists) and is committed to the NCAA Division 1 University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks.
Holloway In his rookie season in 25 games has 23 points (11 goals, 12 assists) and it wasn’t his first international medal this season as he was a member of Team Canada Red at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Dawson Creek & Fort St. John BC where he scored 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist) in 6 games played helping to earn Canada Red a silver medal. In the 2016-17 off-season Holloway committed to the NCAA’s Division 1 University of Wisconsin Badgers.
The Oilers honoured Dylan & Jacob’s achievements with a special pre-game ceremony prior to puck drop at Pason Centennial Arena this past Tuesday night.
The Oilers Organization would once again like to congratulate Dylan & Jacob along their families for their success at the tournament and thank them for their representation of our team, our community and our country will respect and class
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