The Carstar Okotoks Bisons put an exclamation mark on the five-game series with the Rocky Rams Saturday night (March 9), with a crushing 7-0 victory. With the win, the Herd had won their sixth straight game in the playoffs and continue to reach the HJHL finals in now their third straight appearance. 

Jady Shigehiro would open the scoring with a shorthanded goal, it would be the lone goal in the first period even though the Bisons heavily outshot the Rams 19-5.

To start the second the Bisons didn't let up, completely smothering the Rams with shots and goals. Scott Brown would be the first on the board in the second as he found open space and roofed the puck home. Easton Dean would follow up Brown's goal as he skated around the back of the Rams net tucking home a beautiful wraparound goal. 

Easton Dean scoring on a wraparound. Easton Dean scoring on a wraparound. 

Seamus Garagan finished the second period scoring to make it 6-0 with only 51 seconds left in the period. The Rams were only able to muster off two shots in the period giving them a total of seven shots, just one more shot than the Bisons had goals.

The Herd continued to pepper shots on the Rams goaltender finishing the game with a total of 76 shots. Daniel Tainton would get the lone goal in the third period, with Nolan Smith and Scott Brown assisting on his tally. Grady Nicholas didn't face many shots with just 11 the whole game but stopped every one of them to claim the shutout.

Grady Nicholas with one of his 11 saves on the night.Grady Nicholas with one of his 11 saves on the night.

The Bisons now await the winner of the Sylvan Lake Wranglers and Medicine Hat Cubs to find out who they face in the HJHL best-of-seven final. Sylvan Lake currently lead their best-of-five series 2-1.

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