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Okotoks Oilers take command of BCHL playoff series

Jagger Tapper game-winner pushes Okotoks to 2-0 playoff lead over Spruce Grove
The Okotoks Oilers celebrate the sixth goal in the 6-2 Game 1 victory at home on April 10. Okotoks has a 2-0 lead over the Spruce Grove Saints in the best-of-five BCHL wildcard series.

The Okotoks Oilers have a stranglehold on the BCHL Wildcard just two days into the postseason.

Okotoks skated to a 3-2 road victory over the Spruce Grove Saints in Thursday night's Game 2 with Jagger Tapper breaking a 2-2 deadlock early in the third period to give the visitors a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five BCHL Alberta Division play-in series.

Tapper tallied on the rush at the 2:18 mark of the final frame, his second third period goal in as many games, after the Oilers erased a pair of one-goal deficits through the opening 40 minutes.

Spruce Grove's opening tally from Matthew Lesyk was countered by Okotoks centre Owen MacNeil's first of the playoffs with a similar script in period two as the Saints' Ryan Johnstone and Oilers forward Jack Silverberg exchanged goals.

Oilers rookie goalie Christian Green was stellar for the second night in a row for the Green-and-Gold, stopping 30 of 32 shots, 14 in the third period alone.

Okotoks took the series opener on Wednesday night by a 6-2 score with six goal scorers contributing to the decisive victory.

The Oilers will look to complete the series sweep at home with Game 3 set for Saturday, April 13 at 7 p.m. at Okotoks Centennial Arenas.

The winner of the wildcard series moves onto play the top-seed Brooks Bandits in the next round of the playoffs.

Playoff schedule

Game 1: April 10. Spruce Grove at Okotoks. Oilers win 6-2

Game 2: April 11. Okotoks at Spruce Grove. Oilers win 3-2

Game 3: April 13. Spruce Grove at Okotoks

Game 4: April 15. Okotoks at Spruce Grove

Game 5: April 16. Spruce Grove at Okotoks

*All games 7 p.m. starts

Playoff tickets can be purchased at

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Remy Greer

About the Author: Remy Greer

Remy Greer is the assistant editor and sports reporter for and the Western Wheel newspaper. For story tips contact [email protected]
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