Red Deer, AB - The RDC Kings celebrated a decisive win at home on Friday as they began a best of three quarter-final series against the Concordia University Thunder this weekend. On the strength of 20 save shutout performance from Troy Trombley, the Kings blanked the Thunder 5-0, taking a one game lead in the best of three series.
The Kings came on strong in the first period, outshooting the visitors 17 to 5. The game was scoreless until midway through the period. RDC King Mattieu Lapointe found the back of the net at 9:04. Ryley Smith and Austin Hunter had the assists. The Kings added one more goal less than three minutes later. Chance Longjohn beat Tanner McCorriston after being set up by Dylan Thudium and Tanner Butler.
Second period action saw the Concordia Thunder's defensive lines on high alert, as the Kings attempted another 16 shots on goal. The Thunder showed fantastic effort, killing off a double penalty against them and thwarting the Kings from scoring at one point. However, the Kings bookended the period nicely, scoring two goals in the second, at four minutes in, and four minutes remaining. Goals were scored by Jacob Wozney and Scott Ferguson. Kings' player Chance Longjohn assisted on the first goal, and Tyler Podgorenko picked up helpers on both goals. Despite 17 shots on goaltender Troy Trombley, Concordia Thunder remained scoreless after two periods.
Both teams played well and were back and forth during the third, competing for the puck. RDC King Jacob Wozney scored the lone goal of this period at 9:32. It was his second of the night. The marker was assisted by Tanner Butler and Chance Longjohn, and the Kings finalized a 5-0 score.
Chance Longjohn was named as Kings Player-of-the-Game, enjoying a good night with one goal and two assists. Goalie Tanner McCorriston was selected for the Thunder, in recognition of his 42 saves. Troy Trombley was perfect in net, turning aside all 20 shots for the win.
Tomorrow (Saturday, March 9), the RDC Kings will face-off in Edmonton against Concordia University Thunder starting at 8:15 p.m. If needed, a final matchup between the Kings and Thunder will take place Sunday evening (March 10) back in Red Deer at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. Game time on Sunday is set for 8:00 p.m.