Red Deer, AB – In a battle between the top two teams in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Men's Hockey there were several swings in momentum. The RDC Kings trailed until late in the second period, but took their game to the next level, eventually edging the NAIT Ooks 4-3 at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.
About mid-way through the first period, Chase Thudium beat NAIT goaltender Brendan Jensen. Tyler Podgorenko and Dylan Thudium had the assists.
The offence clicked for both teams in the middle stanza with a total of six goals. Within 1:28, Jared Legien and Jake Mykitiuk found open space behind Arik Weersink for an Ooks' 2-1 edge.
Minutes later, Kings defenceman Tyler Podgorenko evened the contest. Captain Scott Ferguson and Dylan Thudium set up the marker.
Jared Legien scored his second of the game, giving NAIT a temporary 3-2 lead. Before the end of the period, Chase Thudium and Kyle Salaway struck within minutes, putting the home team up one (4-3). NAIT pulled Jensen with 34 seconds remaining for the extra skater, but they couldn't find the equalizer.
Kings goaltender Arik Weersink made 31 saves and Brendan Jensen turned aside 27 shots.
Both penalty killing units were perfect. The RDC Kings power play went zero-for-five and the NAIT Ooks were unsuccessful on three opportunities.
Tyler Podgorenko was chosen the Collegiate Sports Medicine Kings Player-of-the-Game. Jared Legien received the honour for the Ooks.
Next weekend the RDC Kings (4-1-1-0) will play a home-and-home series against the Concordia University Thunder (2-2-1-1). On Friday, November 1, the Kings will challenge the Thunder in Edmonton at 7:00 p.m. The NAIT Ooks (5-1-0-0) and U of A Augustana Vikings (3-3-0-0) will clash in Camrose on Friday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m.