CALGARY - The Mount Royal University Cougars hosted their Northern Alberta rivals, the University of Alberta Golden Bears on Friday evening.
The Golden Bears held onto an early first period lead to win the night 8-2.
The first period opened with a bang for the Golden Bears as Taylor Cooper earned their first goal of the night with an assist from Curtis Miske. Less than a minute later, Lucas Nickles followed up with a goal of his own, making it his third of the season. It didn’t take long for Ben Carroll to find the back of the net with assistance from Cole Linaker. Mount Royal’s Connor Rankin broke their streak 12 minutes with a swift shot to the net, earning his fourth goal of the season with an assist from Sean Richards. They seemed to be in the clear for a bit, until Alberta’s Cole Sanford snuck one more goal in before the buzzer.
Alberta dominated the second with a series of quick goals right off the bat. Jared Freadrich scored his first of the season with assistance from Steven Owre just two minutes into the second on a power play. Grayson Pawlenchuk stole a shorthanded goal four minutes in thanks to a quick pass from Owre. Mount Royal held sturdy in their defences after some regrouping, staving off the Golden Bear plays. However, Alberta’s Nolan Volcan took advantage of one more opportunity to earn the team’s seventh goal of the night. Mount Royal’s Brad Kennedy capitalized on a powerplay thanks to a rebound from Keegan Iverson to bring the score to 7-2.
The Cougars doubled down on their defences in the third, blocking a series of plays from the Golden Bears. Tensions were running high as final efforts were made to narrow the score. Alberta’s Tyler Soy found a power play opportunity with nine minutes remaining to seal their victory. Final score for the night was 8-2.
The two teams will face off once more this weekend on Saturday, January 11th, in Edmonton. It will be broadcasted live on CanadaWest.tv, presented by Co-op.