Silverberg snipes three against Sherwood Park as Oilers snap losing streak

OKOTOKS, AB (March 15, 2024) — Jack Silverberg (Sherwood Park, AB) scored his first hat trick as a member of the Okotoks Oilers to propel the team to a 3–2 victory over his hometown Sherwood Park Crusaders on Friday night.

Silverberg amounted for all the Oilers’ offence in the entertaining win on home ice. The 2004-born winger found the back of the net three times less than five minutes apart early in the second period for his fourth multi-goal game since arriving in Okotoks at the start of the 2023–24 season.

Six different Oilers collected assists on Silverberg’s three goals, including Brett Huxley (Calgary, AB), who picked up his first point in the BCHL (and since returning from a four-month injury absence) with the primary helper on Silverberg’s ice-breaker at the 1:39 mark of the middle frame.

Between Silverberg’s first and second goals of the game, Crusaders defenceman Cole Assaily sniped one from distance past Oilers goaltender Christian Green (Boothwyn, PA) to tie the game at one.

But the Oilers quickly regained their lead at the 5:25 mark when Silverberg corraled a stretch pass by Brett Wilson (Calgary, AB) and beat Sherwood Park netminder Erick Roest with a slick five-hole deke for his 25th goal of the season.

Just 24 seconds later, Silverberg struck gold again. Bearing into the offensive zone on an odd-man rush, Silverberg elected to keep the puck before unleashing a searing wrister into the top-right corner to complete his first hat trick as an Oiler.

The Oilers outshot the Crusaders 29 to 18 through two periods of play at Okotoks Centennial Arena; Sherwood Park picked it up a little in the third, generating 12 shots to the Oilers’ eight.

Ryan Zaremba brought the visitors back within one with just 7:24 to play in regulation time, beating Green from in close off a tape-to-tape feed by Noah Wills.

That was as close as the Crusaders would get. Green made numerous 10-bell stops in the final minutes of the third period, ultimately being recognized as the game’s second star for his 28-save performance. (Three guesses who was named the first star).

The Oilers snapped a three-game losing streak with the win over Sherwood Park and will look to add another victory to their total when they return to action on Saturday against the Blackfalds Bulldogs.

Recap: Mike Gould
Photo: Chad Goddard