Brent Forster - RDC
Friday evening, the MacEwan University Griffins jumped out to a first-period lead in game one of the best of three Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Men's Hockey semi-finals and it was difficult for the Kings to climb fully back into the game. The RDC Kings played better as the game progressed but the Griffins eventually picked up a 4-1 home win.
First period goals by Sean MacTavish and Cameron Gotaas gave the Griffins a 2-0 edge. The Kings pulled within a goal about halfway through the second period. At 9:27, Lynnden Pastachak beat Marc-Olivier Daigle to make it a 2-1 contest. From the Kings' zone the puck was quickly transitioned up ice and Pastachak was in alone. The first-year forward from Bienfait, Saskatchewan made a nice move and scored five-hole on Daigle. Tyler Berkholtz, a Management Certificate student from Penticton, recorded the lone assist. With 5:41 remaining in the second period, Nolan Yaremchuk restored the Griffins' two goal margin and Jacob Schofield capped off the scoring early in the third period. Troy Trombley was pulled with 4:23 on the clock but the Kings couldn't add to their goal total. The MacEwan University Griffins won 4-1 and captured game one.
Lynnden Pastachak (88) hit the scoresheet in the opening game of the semi-finals
Over 60 minutes, the Kings outshot the Griffins 34-32. Troy Trombley made 28 saves.
Neither team could connect on the power play. The Kings went 0-for-3 and the Griffins couldn't score on a pair of man advantages.
Kings Hockey Head Coach Trevor Keeper liked his team's play in final two periods. "We had a slow start and didn't play like we can," said Keeper. "However, we picked it up in the second and third periods."
The Kings will look for a quick start at home in game two. "Saturday, it's do-or-die and we need to play with desperation," said Keeper. "We need a faster start and want to play like we did in the final two periods."
Captain Tanner Butler (24) will be a key player at home
The RDC Kings will host the MacEwan University Griffins, Saturday, at 7:00 p.m. at the Penhold Multiplex in game two.