EDMONTON - In arguably their most dominant performance of the season, the Alberta Golden Bears scored 10 goals for the first time since 2015 in a 10-1 home win over the Lethbridge Pronghorns on Saturday night.
It marked the first time since November of 2015 the Bears have reached double digits - also a 10-1 home win over Lethbridge.
Steven Owre led the Bears potent attack with a hat-trick, with Tyler Soy also scoring twice and adding an assist, and Grayson Pawlenchuk adding four assists. Noah Philp, Taylor Cooper, Trevor Cox, Ryan Jevne, and Lucas Nickles also found the scoresheet for the homeside, with 14 different Bears picking up at least one point.
Matt Berlin stopped 17 of the 18 shots he faced, earning his eighth win in 12 games this season. Alberta's win is their fourth-straight, and 13th-straight against the Pronghorns. Their 19-3-0 record has them atop the CW table, four points ahead of the Saskatchewan Huskies.
Lethbridge starter Jack Burgart was yanked after allowing four goals on 22 shots in 21 minutes, before Taz Burman allowed six on 35 shots in relief. Landon Gross scored the lone Lethbridge goal for a Pronghorns team that suffers their 6th straight loss.
Alberta scored twice in the first, with Jevne opening the scoring just 23 seconds in, before Cox doubled the lead with a shorthanded goal late in the frame.
The Bears dominated the second, scoring five goals on 27 shots. Owre scored a pair in the second, including a gorgeous redirection off a Pawlenchuk point shot on the powerplay.
Alberta scored three more on just 11 shots in the third, en route to the nine-goal win.
The Bears will battle the third-place Calgary Dinos in a home-and-home series next weekend, while Lethbridge will take on Mount Royal.