CALGARY- The University of Calgary Dinos came back to split the weekend with a 3-1 win against the University of Alberta Golden Bears, Saturday evening, Nov. 12th at the Father David Bauer Arena.
“It felt good, especially coming off last night, the guys fought hard and came real close,” said Dinos goaltender Matt Greenfield. “It’s a big win for us to get three points on the weekend.”
Alberta found its way onto the score-sheet quickly last night in its 5-4 double overtime victory, however Calgary wasn’t going to let that be the case this evening.
The Golden Bears greatest opportunity came in the first half of the first period, off of the stick of Lucas Nickles. Cole Linaker hit Nickles with a pass in the high slot, Nickles fired a one timer but Greenfield made a cross-crease glove save to keep the game scoreless.
“I just wanted to do my job and give the boys a chance, they were really good in front of me, blocking shots and clearing rebounds,” stated Greenfield. “Clearing lanes so I could see the puck, they played really well.”
Calgary answered two minutes later. TJ Dumonceaux passed the puck to a streaking Cain Franson, Franson made no mistake beating Alberta’s goaltender Brendan Burke high blocker side.
Greenfield continued to stop all 16 shots he faced in the second period. The Dinos increased their lead to 2-0 just under the mid-way point of the middle frame. Elgin Pearce saucer passed to Brayden Sherbinin who stepped in from the point and beat a screened Burke low glove side.
The Golden Bears cut the Dinos lead to one on the power play, at the nine-minute mark of the third period. Trevor Cox fired a snapshot blocker side and in, off of a pass from Tyson Baillie.
Alberta continued to pelt Greenfield with shots trying to tie the game up. Calgary played a defensive third period to maintain its two goal lead, firing just two shots on net. Logan Fisher potted an empty netter to seal the Dinos 3-1 victory.
“Just what happens when you have a two-goal lead, the boys played over-defensively,” explained Greenfield on his teams third period. “Everyone was doing their job and just making sure Alberta didn’t put two in.”
Alberta will host the University of Manitoba Bisons next weekend, in a two game series, Nov.18-19th.
The Dinos will host a two-game series against the University of Saskatchewan Huskies next weekend, Nov. 18-19th. The two-game series will kick off Friday evening, puck is set to drop at 7 p.m.