|Date:||November 18, 2009|
|Teams:||Calgary Bisons — 5|
|At:||Calgary Northstar Sabres — 5|
The Calgary Bison came out and controlled the pace of the game early on, getting a number of good opportunities early on. Goals by Jay Merkley and Connor Wilson had the Bisons up 2-1 headed to the second.
The Calgary Northstar Sabres goalie, Justin Myles, stood tall in the second period stopping everything the Bisons could throw at him. The Sabres picked up the pace causing much more neutral zone action and turnovers. Justin Felker scored midway through the period to tie the score at twos.The third period saw both teams explode offensively, scoring a combined five goals within the first five and a half minutes. Each team had great chances to score in the final ten minutes of the game, including two posts by Whittingham and a shorthanded breakaway stop on the Bisons’ Morgan Klimchuk. The Bisons held the lead at 5-4 until Cole Keebler was setup on a great effort by Riley Whittingham, to even the score at with four and a half minutes to go. Both goalies held on to keep the game tied. Despite giving up five goals each, both Justin Myles, and Bisons’ goalie Coleman Vollrath had very good games. Each made big saves at key moments in the game.
12 Jay Merkley (F) — Jay led the Bisons offensive effort in the third scoring the first goal and adding assists on the next two. He had two goals and two assists in total to add to his team leading point total. Jay used his skating and puck control to lead a number of effective offensive sequences. Jay continues to step up his game each time out.
Calgary Northstar Sabres
7 Jesse Lees (D) — Jesse played a solid game at both ends of the arena, scoring and an assist, both in the third period scoring spree. Although Jesse played an offensive game, he was rarely caught out of position. Jesse effectively used his body throughout the game to keep the Bisons to the outside, whether defending a break in or the front of the net.