CALGARY – Brodan Salmond made 28 saves on 29 shots to lead the University of Calgary Dinos to a weekend sweep of the second-ranked Alberta Golden Bears with a 3-1 win Saturday at Father David Bauer Arena.
Mitch Cook, Kaden Elder and Matt Alfaro all scored for the Dinos. Curtis Miske got the lone goal for the Bears, while Matt Berlin made 21 saves on the 24 shots he faced for Alberta, as the Dinos picked up their first weekend sweep of their provincial rivals since Jan. 29-30, 2016.
Both teams came out of the gate strong, fighting for an important win. The teams went back and forth exchanging equal chances in a fast-paced period. The Golden Bears were the first to strike as Miske, left alone in front, deposited the loose puck past Salmond on the rebound giving Alberta a 1-0 lead with four minutes remaining in the first.
The Dinos struck twice in just 11 seconds to take a 2-1 lead in the second period. Cook put the Dinos on the board 13:21 into frame on a nice deflection after Dallas Hines fired a shot at the net. A streaking Cook tipped the puck through Berlin’s pads to tie the game.
Seconds later off the ensuing faceoff, Elder accepted a centering pass from Alfaro and fired the puck into an empty net catching Berlin sliding to the other side to take the lead with 6:28 remaining in the period.
The Dinos increased their lead to 3-1 halfway through the third period, as Canada West-leading goal scorer Alfaro streaked past his defender and fired a quick shot past Berlin and put the game away with his 15th of the campaign. Salmond was strong in net and made 28 saves, including several big stops in the final minute to give the Dinos the win.
“It was a nice pass out of our zone to Alfaro, and he picked it up and he had some time in the corner and waited them out,” Elder said of his game-winner. “I ended up being able to get open in front of the net and he made a great pass and it was pretty much a tap in from there.”
The Golden Bears head to Regina next week to face the Cougars in a two-game set, while the Dinos also get set to face the Cougars – those of the blue variety. Calgary’s next game is the Crowchild Classic showdown at the Scotiabank Saddledome against Mount Royal, with puck drop set for 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25.