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Olds Grizzlys prepare for a second weekend road trip

The Olds Grizzlys game against the Whitecourt Wolverines on Friday will be tough but they could beat the Grande Prairie Storm on Saturday
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OLDS — This Friday, the Olds Grizzlys head north for a two-game road trip that offers the potential for them to obtain at least two points, as they face a team not much higher in the standings than they are. 

It’ll be their second straight two game road trip.  

Last weekend, in their first such two-day weekend road trip, they were edged 6-5 Friday, Dec. 2 by the Dragons in Drumheller, then beaten 8-1 by the Bandits Saturday, Dec. 3 in Brooks.   

The first game this coming weekend will be the more challenging one, as the Grizzlys face off Friday against the Wolverines in Whitecourt. 

As of Monday, Dec. 5, the Wolverines sat in second place in the AJHL north division with 39 points (18-8-2-1 for 39 points in 29 games). The Spruce Grove Saints were in first place with 46 points. 

The Grizzlys were in in last place in the eight-team AJHL south division (8-19-3-0 in for 19 points in 30 games), six points behind the Calgary Canucks. 

On Saturday, Dec. 10 though, the Grizzlys stand a better chance to obtain a win when they face off against the Storm in Grande Prairie. 

As of Monday, the Storm were in seventh (second-last) place in the AJHL north division with a 9-16-3-1 record for 22 points in 29 games. 

In the Dec. 2 Drumheller game, the Grizzlys got goals from Ryder Many Grey Horses, assisted by Jadon Iyogun; Niklas Gudmundson, assisted by Nathan White and Blake (Daniel) Matheson; Greye Rampton from Tanner Klimpke and Sheldon Kwiatkowski; Klimpke unassisted; and a shortie by Cade Moxham, assisted by Klimpke. 

The Grizzlys were 1/3 on the powerplay while the Dragons were 2/5. 

Marcus Cumberworth went the distance in net for the Grizzlys. 

Klimpke was named the game’s first star. 

In the Brooks game, Liam Hughes got the lone Grizzlys goal, assisted by Gudmundson and Connor Michaud. 

The Grizzlys were 0/2 on the powerplay, the Bandits struck on one of their four opportunities. 

Cumberworth and Noah Nelson split the goaltending duties. 

Hughes was named the game’s first star.