The red hot Cougars won again Friday night, defeating the second-ranked University of Alberta Golden Bears 4-3 in double overtime. Eric Galbraith scored a hat trick for the Cougars while Devin Gannon added the other. James Dobrowolski, Jamie Crooks and Sean Ringrose scored for the Golden Bears.
Alberta came out hard at the Cougars showing why they are the second-ranked team in the CIS. Shots came in hard but Flette stood his ground for the Cougars. The Bears broke through on a shot from Reddick that hit the referee and careened right onto Dobrowolski’s stick where he made no mistake and Alberta lead 1-0 at the intermission.
The Cougars picked up the pace in the second period scoring twice quickly to take the lead. Eric Galbraith let go a seeing eye shot that fooled the Golden Bear’s net minder and tied the game. Shortly after, Galbraith was at it again, scoring off a rebound to give the Cougars a 2-1 lead. Jamie Crooks scored with just under seven minutes to play to tie the game going into the third.
The physical play heated up and both teams headed to the box on some borderline plays. The Cougars then took the lead off a beautiful tip from Devin Gannon. Matt Strong unleashed a low hard shot from the point that looked to be going wide but Cartier put it right back on net through the legs of the goaltender. Just when the Cougars thought they had the game won, Alberta scored again to tie the game on a goal from their captain Sean Ringrose to push it to overtime.
After the first 4-on-4 overtime solved nothing, the Cougars sent out the hot hand in Eric Galbraith for the 3-on-3 period. Galbraith came down the wing and snapped a shot that hit the Alberta defender’s stick and went into the top right corner. The Cougars bench exploded and mobbed Galbraith after his hat trick goal. The Cougars handed Alberta only their third loss all season and put some distance between themselves and UBC for the final playoff spot.
The Cougars move to 9-11-1 with the win and the Golden Bears fall to 18-2-1 with the loss.
The series will shift back to Edmonton where these two teams will play again tomorrow afternoon at 3:00pm at the Clare Drake Arena.