Okotoks, AB (October 15, 2022) — Even after losing a three-goal lead, the Okotoks Oilers found a way to defeat the Camrose Kodiaks in overtime by a 4–3 score at Okotoks Centennial Arena on Saturday night.
Conyr Hellyer (Okotoks, AB) continued his outstanding play, scoring a pair of goals to help propel the Oilers to a 3–0 lead by the 3:53 mark of the second period. But after three consecutive tallies by the visitors, with the game-tying marker coming with less than five minutes remaining in regulation time, Saturday’s game was destined for overtime.
With just 1:38 gone in the extra frame, Oilers defenceman Brody Maguire (Calgary, AB) called his own number on a two-on-one rush with Jackson Rowland (Calgary, AB), sniping a low wrister past the blocker of Camrose goaltender Robert Andreakos to seal the deal for the home side.
Andreakos was ultimately named the game’s third star, with Maguire and Hellyer respectively named the second and first. The Oilers outshot the Kodiaks 41–29 in the contest, although they created most of that differential in the first period when they shot out to a 20–6 lead. After that, Camrose took a slight edge: 23–21.
Connor Gourley (Calgary, AB) opened the scoring for Okotoks just 3:25 into the first period, picking off a Camrose clearing attempt and firing a quick shot from the slot past Andreakos. Gourley split the 2021–22 season between the Kodiaks and Oilers, scoring a total of 10 goals in 55 games between the two teams; the future Arizona State Sun Devil is already up to five goals in just eight games with Okotoks this year.
Hellyer, another ASU commit, scored his first of two goals on the evening off a picture-perfect centering feed from Brett Huxley (Calgary, AB) with less than a minute remaining in the first period. Three Camrose defenders flocked toward Huxley in the corner, inexplicably leaving the Oilers’ leading goal-scorer all alone in the low slot.
Maguire assisted on both goals by Hellyer before adding a tally of his own in overtime. After scoring two points in the first eight games of the season, Maguire is now up to five on the year after his monster outing on Saturday. He did not, however, record any penalty minutes — but, with 53 this year already, he’s four ahead of his total from the entire 2021–22 season (49 in 51 games).
The Oilers (7–5–0) have now won three games in a row entering Sunday’s matinee affair against the Canmore Eagles (5–5–2). With the overtime loss, the Kodiaks (9–4–1) now sit four points back of the Brooks Bandits (11–1–1) for the No. 1 seed in the AJHL South Division.
You’ll be able to catch Sunday’s Oilers game against Canmore at Okotoks Centennial Arena or on HockeyTV at 4:15 p.m. MT.
Recap: Mike Gould