Caronport, SK —The Briercrest Clippers faceoff against the SAIT Trojans for the second game of the weekend, Saturday afternoon at Barkman Arena. SAIT took the 5-1 win over Briercrest Friday night and Briercrest is looking to win todays game to try to move up one in the standings and clinch a playoff spot!
The 1stperiod started with both SAIT and Briercrest showing up to play, SAIT #10 Colton McCarthy is able to sink one in the net at 4:36 into the period— assisted to #7 John Flatters and #4 Brady Reagan, leading 1-0. Briercrest is quick to follow and ties things up at 9:23, scored by #11 Sam Lawson, assisted to #18 Josh Boelema and #24 Jake Gushue. Briercrest takes the lead at 14:49; goal scored by #18 Josh Boelema, assisted by #15 Dawson Atamancuk and#11 Sam Lawson. SAIT #26 Owen LaClare takes a 2-minute roughing penalty at 18:53. The first period concludes with Briercrest leading 2-1,17-9 in favour of SAIT.
The 2ndperiod starts with SAIT short-handed, Briercrest isn't able to extend the lead, but they are able to draw a penalty at 1:41— #19 Zach McNeill, 2-minutes for tripping. Briercrest extends the lead at 5:58, scored by #7 Josh Mitton, assisted by #19 Josiah Friesen and #13 Ben Feere; Briercrest is leading SAIT 3-1. Briercrest #21 Cale Kindrachuk takes a 2- minute kneeing penalty at 8:04, Briercrest really dominating in their penalty kill this weekend, is able to hold their lead over SAIT. Briercrest receives a 2-minute tripping penalty on #10 Trey Doell at 13:01, they kill off that penalty ask well. Back to even strength, and SAIT is able to sink a goal at 16:55, scored by #10 Colton McCarthy, assisted to number #19 Zach McNeill and #4 Brady Reagan, SAIT closes the gap and makes it 3-2. It's not long after that Briercrest goes back onto penalty kill at 17:41— #18 Josh Boelema, 2-minutes for high sticking. SAIT takes a penalty late in the 2ndperiod, and looks to be starting the 3rdperiod short-handed; 2-minute hooking penalty on #10 Colton McCarthy at 19:04
The 3rdperiod started with SAIT yet again short-handed, and gave Briercrest a power play opportunity to extend there lead at 0:50— scored by #5 Halen Cordoni, assisted by #15 Dawson Atamanchuk and #11 Sam Lawson. Both teams are then handed out penalties at 2:45; Briercrest player #10 Trey Doell, 2-minutes for cross checking and SAIT player #4 Brady Reagan 2-minutes for unsportsmanlike and a 10- minute misconduct penalty. Briercrest receives the next penalty at 10:09, 2-minutes for holding on #14 Austin Kozluk. Briercrest continues the streak of penalty kills and gets back to even, but unfortunately SAIT closes the gap at 15:26, scored by #16 Eric Krienke, assisted to #12 Kurtis Rutledge and #15 Rock Ruschkowski. SAIT makes a last ditch effort to tie things up at 2:12 and pull the goalie, #30 Jordan Cartney, unfortunately Briercrest dominates defensive and holds them off, drawing a last minute penalty at 19:08 on SAIT player #9 Matt Houston, 2-minutes for roughing. The 3rdperiod concludes with Briercrest taking the win 4-3, shots on goal 59-22 in favour of Briercrest.
Briercrest player of the game, with one goal, one assist and a tremendous game all weekend, goes to #18 Josh Boelema:"[Briercrest] didn't let up on the offence and kept pushing [SAIT] and [Briercrest] didn't let [SAIT] in on the defence, took away [SAIT's] chances". Player of the game for SAIT with two goals #10 Colton McCarthy.
Briercrest takes the win for the second game of the weekend and grabs two points, making them one behind Concordia and one point away from playoffs, the Briercrest Clippers face off against the Red Deer College Kings next Friday and Saturday night at Barkman arena!