Red Deer, AB – The Concordia University Thunder worked hard and pushed the Red Deer College Kings, but dropped a 4-2 decision at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.
In Friday's game against the Thunder, the RDC Kings had a strong start and they began on the right foot on Saturday evening in the rematch at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. Only 5:18 into the first period, captain Scott Ferguson entered Concordia's zone, delayed and found defenceman Trevor Costello racing up the right side. The six-foot-five defender snapped it past Garret Storms' stick side. Chase Thudium, a Business Administration student, picked up the other assist.
Before the end of the period, Concordia University tied the game. With 2:27 left on the clock, Peter Tomaras spotted Keegan Tiringer in front and the first-year forward found space high on Arik Weersink's glove side.
Early in the middle frame, the Thunder got the go-ahead goal. On a goal mouth scramble, Tyler Benko cashed in on the power play, providing the visitors a 2-1 edge. The marker sparked the visitors for several minutes. In the final stages of the period, momentum swung back to the Kings.
With 5:11 left in the second, the RDC Kings were rewarded, evening the contest 2-2. Chase Thudium beat a Concordia defender on the left side and shoveled the puck out front for Scott Ferguson, who redirected the pass behind Storms. Defenceman Tyler Podgorenko picked up the other assist.
Minutes later, Jacob Wozney put the Kings ahead 3-2. From the corner, Kyle Salaway located Wozney, a Kinesiology student, in front and he quickly released a shot past Storms.
The 3-2 Kings' lead held until the final minute of the third period.
As Storms started making his way to the bench for the extra skater, Tyler Podgorenko found the open cage with 58 seconds remaining, sealing a 4-2 win..
Tyler Podgorenko was chosen the Collegiate Sports Medicine Kings Player-of-the-Game. Keegan Tiringer received the honour for the Thunder.
Next, the Red Deer College Kings will play the Portage College Voyageurs on November 15 and 16. The Concordia University Thunder and University of Alberta Augustana Vikings will play a home-and-home series the same weekend.