Sports briefs – October 1

The Olds Grizzlys headed into this weekend’s Alberta Junior Hockey League Showcase at Spruce Grove on a bit of a downer.

Grizzlys ready for AJHL showcase

The Olds Grizzlys headed into this weekend’s Alberta Junior Hockey League Showcase at Spruce Grove on a bit of a downer.

The Grizzlys fell 1-0 to the host Brooks Bandits Wednesday, falling to 5-3-0-0 in the process. Olds is tied with Brooks for top spot in the South Division.

Devin Mitzner scored the winner at 16:33 of the third period. Lacombe’s Cam Maclise and Red Deer native Cory Kloss assisted on the game’s lone goal.

Brandon Thiessen stood tall in the Olds net, turning aside 39 shots. The Grizzlys managed only 17 shots at Brooks netminder Sean Cahill.

The Grizzlys were zero-for-eight on the power play, while the Bandits were zero-for-eight.

The Grizzlys face the Calgary Mustangs at noon today in the AJHL Showcase, then take on the St. Albert Steel at noon Saturday.

Okotoks Oilers hires Poole

The Okotoks Oilers have a new man in charge.

The club announced Thursday night that James Poole will take over as coach and general manager.

Poole has spent most of his hockey days in the Calgary Buffalo Association, growing up through their minor hockey system all the way through their midget AAA program. He played in the Alberta Junior Hockey League and earned a scholarship to Lake Forest University in Chicago where he earned a business degree. He has coached the Midget AAA Buffaloes the last three years, taking them to the Telus Cup national championship twice — finishing second in 2009 and fourth in 2008.

“We feel very fortunate to have been able to secure James as our GM/head coach,” said Oilers president Wayne Lauinger in a press release. “He is one of the most respected and successful coaches at the midget AAA level. We are thrilled to have James join our program and believe he is the person that can take it to the next level.”

Queens in contention

BRAGG CREEK — The RDC Queens are just eight shots out of first at the ACAC provincial championships at the Wintergreen Golf and Country Club just outside of Calgary.

Although the Queens sit in fourth place at 190, they are just eight strokes behind Lethbridge Community College at 182.

Caitlyn Keliher was the top Queen with an 89 with Melissa Koster shooting 101 and Amy Bergeron a 105 — the top two scores go toward the overall team score.

The Queens have just one day to close the gap and leap frog over Grant MacEwan University in third and Mount Royal University in second as well as LCC.

We need Caitlyn to shoot well and for one of the other girls to break 100 to have a chance,” said Queens head coach Scott Bergdahl.

The Kings were a surprise second place team in the men’s division but are well back of the leaders from MRU.

The Kings shot a 312 to sit in front of perennial power MacEwan at 314, but they are 13 shots back of the first place Cougars heading into the final round.

Ben Stang and Jonathan Laniel both led the Kings with 76’s while Jordie White fired a 78 and Aaron Dyck and J.D. Morrical both shot 82 — the top four scores go towards the team score.

“Our guys played well . . . this is our best tournament showing to date,” said Bergdahl. “Grant MacEwan didn’t play well and that’s why we are in second, so we have to have a real strong showing tomorrow.”

Kings bounce Broncos

EDMONTON — The RDC Kings rolled over Olds College 83-42 in their opening game of the Kings University College men’s basketball tournament Thursday, but head coach Stef Labrecque wasn’t overly thrilled.

“We didn’t play very well. We got a win against a team that isn’t of ACAC calibre and we lacked flow, especially in the first half,” said Labrecque. “We played better in the second half but that (lack of intensity) can’t happen.”

Stason Golden paced the Kings with 15 points and 10 rebounds. The Kings take on Keyano College of Fort McMurray today at 2 p.m.