Kodiaks draw first blood

RICHARD WRIGHT, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:04 AM ET

It was the league's best offence against the league's best defence and the offence won. The Camrose Kodiaks have taken a 1-0 lead in their best-of-seven Alberta Junior Hockey League championships series with a 4-1 win over the Fort McMurray Oil Barons last night in Camrose.

After a scoreless first period dominated by the play of both Camrose goalie David Thompson and Fort McMurray back- stop Rob Nolan, Logan Gorsalitz got the ball rolling for the league's best team in the regular season and playoffs at 5:47 of the second.

Kyle Parks, T.J Fast and Chance Olsen (empty netter) then nailed the game shut with third-period goals while Fort McMurray forward Matt Glasser added the lone Oil Barons tally, also in the third.

"I thought in the third period we looked a little fatigued and tentative," said Fort McMurray coach Gord Thibodeau. "But it boils down to one thing. I thought we played pretty good defensively and we were good on the penalty kill, but you have to score goals and we didn't do that."

The Kodiaks have now won 14 straight dating back to the regular season and nine in a row in the playoffs. As for the Barons, it was the first time in three playoff series this year that they have trailed.

Game 2 of the series is set for tonight in Camrose.


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