Following the Christmas break the Canucks travelled out to Olds on the 29th to face off against the Grizzlys. Olds was first on the board after #7 Chase Olsen scored just 2:14 into the first. The Canucks responded quickly to tie the game as #19 Zach Russell scored an unassisted goal just two minutes later. #22 Josh Giacomin made it 2-1 Canucks off a set up from #7 Michael Clarke and #25 Zach Webb. The Grizzlys evened things up with a goal from #37 Mitch Visser at 13:03. Just 20 seconds later #23 Cody Laskosky gave the Grizzlys their second lead of the game scoring to make it 3-2 Grizzlys. To kick off the second period #22 Josh Giacomin got his second of the game bringing the score to 3-3. In the final minutes of the period #20 Josh Borynec moved the Grizzly ahead by one. The Canucks would battle hard in the third period in an attempt to tie the game. The Grizzlys would end up scoring an empty net goal from #22 Cayden Kraus to make it 5-3 Grizzlys, which is where the score would finish.
The next night the Canucks would head south of Calgary for a battle against the Okotoks Oilers. #23 Tanner Laderoute would open the scoring giving the Oilers the lead mid-way through the period. The Oilers would get their second of the night at 19:19 of the first as #24 Jacob Bernard-Docker scored on a 5-on-3. The period would end with the Oilers leading 2-0. Late in the second period the Oilers would score to make it 3-0 with a goal from #18 Carter Huber. #10 Austin Wong would get the Oilers fourth goal of the game. With 10 seconds left in the period #27 Jordan McConnell would put one in the net from #23 Mark Drohan and #17 Tyler Petrie to make it 4-1. In the third, the Canucks would play hard but would be unable to make a move on the scoreboard. Final score would be 4-1. In the game the Canucks outshot the Oilers 45-36.
The Canucks will be back in action on Friday, January 5th when the Canucks host the Calgary Mustangs at Max Bell Centre, game time 7:00 pm. Then the Canucks will head up to Camrose on Sunday for a match up against the Kodiaks.
Go Canucks Go!