Red Deer, AB – The RDC Kings had contributions from many student-athletes and they picked up a 12-2 victory over the Briercrest College Clippers at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.
The Kings hit the scoresheet just over a minute into the first period. Sylvan Lake's Chase Thudium beat Dan Dekoning at 1:17. Then his brother got in on the action. Dylan Thudium scored consecutive goals within four minutes 31 seconds, including one on the power play. With 1:15 remaining, Mike Statchuk pinched in from his defensive position and capitalized on a rebound to push the RDC Kings ahead 4-0. Dekoning was busy with 27 shots in the period, but the third-year student-athlete from Wallenstein, Ontario, made several key saves.
Twenty-seven seconds into the middle frame, captain Tanner Butler scored high on the glove side. In an attempt to sway momentum, Jeremy Balyk took over in the Clippers' net and the first-year goaltender from Edmonton was quickly tested. Less than three minutes later, RDC's Parker Smyth finished a two-on-one opportunity to give the Kings a 6-0 edge. Clippers' left winger, Chad Davidson, applied an effective forecheck and tried to beat Arik Weersink between the pads but the Kings' first-year goaltender shut the door. Defenceman Jantzen Leslie found the back of the net and less than a minute later Scott Ferguson struck on the power play. About mid-way through the period, Ryley Smith deposited a rebound past Balyk for a 9-0 lead. Tanner Butler and Austin Hunter rounded out the second period scoring (11-0).
At 15:06 of the third, the Clippers beat Weersink. The puck was carried up the left side and a cross ice pass found Austin Kozluk in front who made no mistake. With 7:08 remaining, Briercrest College picked up their second goal. A shot from the point was deflected into the back of the net by Chad Davidson. Then with under a minute left, RDC's Chase Thudium wrapped up a 12-2 home decision on the power play.
Ryley Smith as selected as the Kings Player-of-the-Game, contributing 1 goal and 3 assists. Jeremy Balyk was chosen for the Clippers, making 39 saves.
The Kings outshot the Clippers 75-15.
In an afternoon rematch, the RDC Kings (9-2-1-1) will host the Briercrest College Clippers (2-11-0-0) on Saturday, November 24 at 1:00 p.m. at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.