Two goalies with Cochrane roots faced off in the Okotoks Oilers-Camrose Kodiaks series that wrapped up on Wednesday night (Mar. 14).
It was Parker Sawka who was on the winning side in the quarterfinal series that was swept 4-0 by the Oilers. Freddie Halyk was in nets for the Kodiaks.
The Oilers had come-from-behind wins in the first three games, but that wasn't the case in game four. The Oilers scored first and went on to a 4-1 win.
Okotoks is now waiting to see who they will face in the semifinals.
Parker isn't the lone Sawka on the Oilers. His brother Hunter is a rookie forward and had a goal and assist in the series.
The Sawka family's connection with the Oilers goes even deeper. Their older brother Tanner is an alumnus who played in Okotoks until 2021.
Not to be overlooked, their sister Taylor is a forward with the Mount Royal Cougars, who have just advanced to the USports Women's Hockey Championships. Before joining the Cougars, she played two seasons with NCAA's Clarkson University Golden Knights.
They also have Jace Moffat, whom Cochrane General fans may remember for his solid blueline play before joining the Oilers' defence full-time this season. So far, he has two assists in playoff action.
Cochrane's Nickolas deBeurs is with the Kodiaks and had a goal and assist in the playoff series.
Other Cochrane players seeing AJHL playoff action include Caleb Willms, of the Drumheller Dragons. The Dragons lead the series 3-1 and it could wrap up as soon as tonight in Drumheller. Willms has a goal in the series.
Cochrane defenceman Josh Mettimano played for the Grande Prairie Storm in their series against the Whitecourt Wolverines. The Wolverines won four straight.
Also playing in the AJHL this season with the Drayton Valley Thunder was defenceman Jaxson Martin.