EDMONTON – It was a physical, high scoring affair as the University of Alberta dominated the UBC Thunderbirds 6-1 in Game 2 of the CW semifinals match-up, Saturday night at Clare Drake Arena.
With the win, Alberta forces a third and final game tomorrow night, with the winner moving on to face the Saskatchewan Huskies in the conference finals next weekend.
The Bears exploded with offence in tonight’s match-up, after falling 3-2 in overtime to the Thunderbirds the night before. Tyler Soy and Noah Philp both had goals for the home side, while Cole Linaker and Curtis Miske netted two each. Matt Berlin was solid in net stopping 19 shots on the way to the Bears win.
Across the ice, Carter Popoff scored the lone goal for UBC, while both Rylan Toth and Patrick Dea combined for 28 saves on the night.
“It was a good answer back. We didn’t play the way we wanted last night, but felt we dictated for most of the game,” said Miske about tonight’s game. “We just talked about taking it one game at a time and we gave it a good effort tonight.”
Things got physical in the game, as officials would hand out a total of 15 penalties. Alberta was able to convert, going three for nine, while UBC would go zero for six on the night.
Alberta dominated in zone time to start, as Miske opened the scoring midway through the frame with his first goal of the playoffs, streaking hard to the net and beating Toth with a wrister far post. Alberta would go onto outshoot the thunderbirds 12-4 in the period.
“it’s obviously nice to have some personal success, but it’s a bigger two points that we got out there tonight,” adds Miske. “We are looking to take that momentum into tomorrow.”
The Bears were not finished there, lighting the lamp three more times in the second, including two from Linaker.
The Thunderbirds loan goal came in the third with Popoff jamming the puck home on Berlins doorstep. However, it seemed to be already out of reach for the visiting side and Alberta would convert two more times on the power-play to cap of a 6-1 victory.
Game 3 will go tomorrow night at 7:00 P.M. at Clare Drake Arena, with the Bears hoping to advance to their seventh straight CW final.