Brent Forster - RDC
The Red Deer College Kings Hockey team knew that the second game of the best of three quarter-finals would be more difficult to win on the road and despite the Concordia University Thunder putting up a good fight the Kings remained poised and picked up a 4-3 victory to wrap up the series in two straight games.
The RDC Kings had the start that they were looking for. Jacob Wozney beat Tanner McMorriston at 8:59 to push the Kings ahead 1-0. Former Olds Grizzlys forward Landon Kletke had the lone assist. Minutes later, Donovan Lumb gave the Red Deer College Kings a two goal cushion. At 12:42, the Business Administration student found the back of the net after being set up by defencemen Dylan Baer and Tanner Butler.
The Kings held their two goal lead until late in the middle frame. Concordia's Phil Dillon reduced the Kings' lead in half with 30 seconds remaining in the period.
In a back-and-forth third period, Dylan Thudium connected on the power play to restore the Kings' two goal lead (3-1) at 6:45. Scott Ferguson and Tyler Podgordenko recorded the assists. At 10:25, Scott Allan pulled the Thunder within a goal but Tyler Berkholtz responded at 19:18 with the man advantage. Lynnden Pastachak and Tyrell Mappin set up the Kings' fourth goal. The Thunder pulled their goalie and Concordia's Cory Santoro made things interesting with a late goal but the RDC Kings shut the door and earned a 4-3 road victory to cap off the quarter-finals two games to zero.
Tyrell Mappin (37) helped set up the game winner.
The Kings outshot the Thunder 31-24. Troy Trombley turned aside 21 out of 24 shots. McCorriston made 27 saves on 31 RDC shots.
Kings Hockey Head Coach Trevor Keeper predicted a more challenging game but was pleased with the series win. "It was a tougher game and they played well with their backs against the wall facing elimination. Tonight, our guys played with poise and confidence," said Keeper. "A lot of our players played really well tonight. Jacob Wozney used his speed and was great on the penalty kill which was 100% in the series. Troy Trombley was also very solid for us in net."
With the victory, the RDC Kings will face the MacEwan University Griffins in the semi-finals. Game one will take place in Edmonton with details to follow.
The Kings competed hard against the Griffins throughout the season and feel good about their game heading into the series. "We played well against the Griffins and in the final series of the regular season we split the games," said Keeper. "Our guys have been playing well and we will prepare for MacEwan University this week."
In the final regular season series, the RDC Kings defeated the Griffins 5-4 in double overtime on Friday, January 26 in Edmonton. In the rematch on Saturday, January 27, MacEwan University shaded RDC 2-1 at the Penhold Multiplex.
The University of Alberta Augustana Vikings defeated the SAIT Trojans in the other quarter-final series and the Vikings will face the NAIT Ooks in the semi-finals. The Ooks have home ice advantage in that matchup.