Golden Bears hockey
The CIS No.1 ranked University of Alberta Golden Bears hockey team booked their spot at the University Cup tournament thanks to a 2-1 game two win over the No.3 ranked Calgary Dinos on Saturday night at Clare Drake Arena in Edmonton. The win clinched the Canada West championship banner and trophy for the Golden Bears, their second consecutive, and 51st in program history.
Freshman Jamie Crooks and fifth-year Torrie Dyck did the damage for the Golden Bears, while first-year goaltender Luke Siemens stopped 15 of 16 shots to earn the win.
Calgary’s lone goal came off the stick of Dylan Walchuck. Canada West goaltender of the year Jacob DeSerres stopped 25 of 27 shots in the loss.
The game two win came on the heels of Alberta’s dominant 8-1 victory on Friday, and cements the best-of-three series in the Bears’ favour. They’ll head to Saskatoon for the 2014 University Cup tournament where they will be the No.1 seed. The championship runs from March 20-23 at Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon.
Much like Friday’s night tilt, the Bears set the tone early, scoring the game’s opening goal before the two minute mark even hit the clock. Crooks, a former 30-goal scorer with the Victoria Royals of the WHL, tipped Brett Ferguson’s shot at 1:34 past DeSerres for his conference leading fifth post-season goal.
The Bears outshot Calgary 12-6 in the opening frame.
In the second, the Dinos beat Siemens to tie the game just two minutes and 20 seconds in as Walchuk buried a power-play tally.
But, with the period drawing to a close, Dyck broke Calgary’s comeback attempt when he took a breakaway feed from Sean Ringrose, and beat DeSerres with a quick backhand for the game winner at 19:08.
Dyck’s goal, his fourth of the playoffs, came seconds after the Dinos hit the post during some sustained offensive pressure.
Although the teams only combined for 12 shots in the middle frame, with Alberta earning seven, the teams played at a breathtaking pace, which kept the crowd of over 2,000 at the Drake on the edge of their seats.
The third period was another tight and grueling 20 minutes. Calgary hit another post, and was awarded a power-play opportunity with under a minute to go, but couldn’t crack the Bears top ranked penalty kill unit, and Alberta was able to hold on to the series deciding win.
It was the final home game in the careers of Colin Joe, Ian Barteaux, Sean Ringrose, Torrie Dyck and Ben Lindemulder…Alberta now has a 6-5 record against the Dinos in the Canada West championship series, including 5-1 at home.