Western Wheel Monday March 14, 2016 by Remy Greer
Special teams prowess has the Okotoks Oilers moving on in the post-season.
Okotoks killed off nearly a period worth of penalties before Carter Huber notched the game winner on the powerplay in the Oilers’ series clinching 4-1 triumph over the Calgary Canucks Sunday night at Max Bell to take the best-of-five set in a three-game sweep.
“We worked a lot on systems this week just sharpening up our special teams,” Huber said. “Our PK was pretty sharp and it needed to be. We took way too many penalties in that second period. Good on the guys to buckle down and kill those off.”
The green-and-gold didn’t miss when they finally got their shot on the man advantage.
Huber got his stick on a point-shot from defenceman Travis Verveda with just over four minutes remaining in the middle stanza to jumpstart a run of three unanswered tallies for the visitors.
“I was standing in front trying to take the goalie’s eyes away,” Huber said. “I was just in the right place at the right time.”
Braeden Nesbitt gave Okotoks further breathing room when he roofed a one-timer early in the third period after Jordie Lawson won a puck battle behind the net. Matt McNair added his third of the series after having captain Connor Chambers tee one up on the powerplay.
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