CALGARY – On a slick Dinosaur Field, the University of Calgary Dinos were defeated 5-0 by their rivals from the north, the University of Alberta Golden Bears, Saturday afternoon.
The Golden Bears had the offensive explosion they were looking for this season, and it could not have come at a better time. After scoring just seven goals in their first eight games, they put five past Dinos ‘keeper Jake Ruschkowski and gained a huge three points in their push for a playoff spot.
Alberta put the Dinos on their heels early, and after a number of close calls, the Bears were rewarded with a penalty after Cristiano De Carvalho got tangled up with a streaking Alberta forward. Ruschkowski would guess correctly, but was unable to get a full piece of David Chung’s attempt, and the Bears took a 1-0 in the sixth minute, and would carry that lead all the way to half.
Things would only get worse for the Dinos in the second half, as once again the Bears pressed hard right out of the gate. Just one minute into the half, Alberta forward Garry Onyejelem connected on a Cam Borrett cross, giving the away side a 2-0 lead.
The field was wet due to the first snowfall of the year, and players had footing troubles throughout the game. Calgary saw the worst repercussions of the slickfield, as a slip from defender Nahum Tsegai would allow Onyejelem to streak in and bury his second goal of the game, putting the Bears up 3-0.
Alberta would add two more late goals courtesy of Sem Kampman being on the right end of a lose ball in the box, and a beautifully struck free kick from substitute Matthew Miki.
Calgary was without leading goal scorer Dominik Zuczek for this contest, and their offence clearly struggled. The Dinos were unable to generate much in terms of scoring chances, and anytime they did, Alberta keeper Liam Collens was up for the challenge, making saves on all seven shots he faced.
Alberta head coach Marty Andersen knew this was a big result for his team, especially against a team like the Dinos.
“We know Calgary has a great team, they beat us when they came up to Edmonton, and on the back of the big loss last week, it was great to see such a response from our players.”
The Dinos will look to bounce back when they host the MacEwan Griffins Sunday at 2:15 p.m. on Dinosaur Field, while the Bears will look to keep their momentum going when they stay in Calgary to take on the Mount Royal Cougars at 3:30 p.m.