Grizzlys get thumped

Tanner Ockey fired three goals as the Okotoks Oilers dumped the Olds Grizzlys 6-1 Thursday to even their best-of-five AJHL quarter-final series at a game apiece.

OKOTOKS — Tanner Ockey fired three goals as the Okotoks Oilers dumped the Olds Grizzlys 6-1 Thursday to even their best-of-five AJHL quarter-final series at a game apiece.

Dylan Hubbs provided the Grizzlys with a 1-0 lead after one period, but the Oilers got second-period markers from Ockey and Chris Collins, on the power play, and never looked back.

Tariq Hammond gave the hosts a three-goal cushion in the final frame and Ockey completed his hat trick with back-to-back tallies — the second with a man advantage — and Mitch Collett rounded out the Oilers attack in the final minute.

Keith Hamilton stopped 23 shots for the win. Olds netminder Ethan Jemieff made 20 saves.

The series shifts to the Olds Sportsplex for Games 3 and 4 Saturday and Sunday. Game time both nights is 7:30 p.m.