If a hockey season is a novel, Saturday afternoon's chapter is one the Portage College Voyageurs would prefer skip over. Less than 24 hours after battling the visiting SAIT to the finish in a 3-0 loss, the Voyageurs were outclassed by their Calgary counterparts, losing 9-4 at the Bold Center in Lac La Biche.
By the four minute mark of the first, the Trojans had already matched their goal total from the night before, chasing Voyageurs starter Jacob Gnidziejko from the net. To be fair to the goalie, hall of fame goaltenders would've been hard-pressed to stop the Grade A chances.
"They did all the little things right," said Voyageurs Head Coach Nate Bedford of the Trojans. "They're a good hockey team. They're going to be a top team in this league."
To their credit, the Voyageurs didn't give up and played a strong second period. Player of the game Logan Nachtegaele led the way with two goals while Jordan Picard potted a goal and two helpers.
"It was a tale of two games," said Bedford. "But we got what we deserved."
For the Trojans, Parker Evans-Campbell scored twice while player of the game Dylan Williamson collected four points.
Despite the score, Bedford hoped that the game would serve as a motivator and a lesson to his players that they have to play as a team in order to succeed in the ACAC.
"If this leaves a sour taste in their mouths, we're going to be in good shape," he said. "If not, there's going to be a problem."