The top line for the CIS No.1 ranked University of Alberta Golden Bears combined to produce nine points during a 6-3 victory over the No.4 ranked Calgary Dinos, Friday night at Clare Drake Arena in Edmonton. With the win, Alberta clinches first place in the Canada West standings, and home-ice advantage throughout the conference playoffs.
Alberta’s top unit of Torrie Dyck, Sean Ringrose, and Johnny Lazo, recorded nine points on the night, including a goal and three assists from Dyck, a fifth-year winger. Lazo, who hails from Winnipeg, had a goal and two helpers in the win, while team captain and fifth-year centre Sean Ringrose had one of each. Ringrose and Lazo are tied for the team lead in points, with 33 each, while Dyck has 32 on the season. All three have established new career highs in points this year.
Third-year defenceman Jordan Rowley also had a four-point night, including his eighth goal of the season. He now has a career high in points as well, with 29, and is tied for the most points by a defenceman in Canada West this season. Brett Ferguson and Thomas Carr also scored for the Bears, while Kurtis Mucha, the reigning CIS goaltender of the year, made 16 saves for the win.
Alberta outshot the Dinos 35-19 in the contest, and went 3-for-8 on the powerplay.
Scoring for Calgary was defenceman Drydn Dow, fourth-year forward Walker Wintoneak, and third-year defenceman Giffen Nyren. Veteran defenceman Cory Pritz had a pair of assists in the loss.
The Bears and Dinos traded goals in the first period, with Carr jamming home a rebound and Dow unleashing a rocket to beat Mucha, but that was the only period where the Dinos could keep it close.
Alberta lit the lamp behind Jacob DeSerres three times in the second period, including Ringrose’s tally which came just 17 seconds after the period began.
Skating with the man advantage, first-year forward TJ Foster drove hard to the Dinos’ net, but dropped a pass backwards to the oncoming Ringrose, who buried the one-timer past DeSerres for the 2-1 Alberta lead.
After Dyck and Ferguson increased the score to 4-1 after two periods, Rowley, with an absolute howitzer to the top corner, and Lazo, just two minutes later, put the nail in the coffin for Calgary, and cemented first place for the Evergreen and Gold.
Following a run of penalties and rough play, the Dinos buried two goals in the final 1:10 of the game to make the final score 6-3.
The win represents Alberta’s second-straight win over Calgary this season, but their first in regulation time.
The two provincial rivals will meet again on Sunday to close out the regular season. Puck drop in Calgary is 6:00 p.m. MT.