The Carstar Okotoks Bisons have had a stranglehold on the Heritage Junior Hockey League (HJHL) all season, producing a record of 34 wins, 3 losses, and a single overtime loss.

In the playoffs the Herd continued their winning ways after getting a bye in the first round, and then finishing off the High River Flyers in four games in the best-of-five series.

After overwhelming the Flyers in shot totals, the Bisons continued to pour it on, taking the first game in round three of the best-of-five series against the Rocky Rams.

Bisons forward Daniel Tainton had a natural hat trick in the first game of the series against the Rams. Nolan Smith, brother of High River Flyers Connor Smith, had two tallies to help Tainton reach three goals in a row, and assisted on Jake Snashall's opening goal of the series. Smith finished the game with three points to bring his team to victory.

Nolan Smith with the Carstar Okotoks Bisons.Nolan Smith with the Carstar Okotoks Bisons.

The Herds goalie Grady Nicholas hasn't been peppered with shots but has come up big when needed, making 15 saves on 17 shots in game one.

Okotoks will try to continue to hammer away with shots like they did in game one, overwhelming the defense and Rams goalie with 70 shots, 30 of which were in the third period. 

Game two is in Rocky Mountain House at the Rocky Arena on Friday night at 8:30. 

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