SAIT Trojans 3 @ NAIT Ooks 4 (OT)

February 16, 2018

In a thrilling match-up between the provincial rivals, Jordan Davies, Jake Mykitiuk and Brayden Harris led the Ooks to a nail-biting overtime victory. The 4-3 win gives the Ooks a 21-2-1-1 record and solidifies top spot heading into the 2018 ACAC Playoffs.  

Game Report

Game Story & Notes

Game Story:

It was Alumni night at the NAIT Arena, and boy, did the provincial rivals ever put on a show! Brenden Escott and I agreed this was the best hockey game we have had the privilege of calling in our ACAC career. 

It featured a tremendous pace, right from the get-go and saw the Trojans strike first. Parker Evans-Campbell chose a great time to pot home his first of the season, after stripping Francis Menard of the puck and sliding it between Park's legs. 

Five minutes later, Ty Stanton and Jake Mykitiuk both displayed an elite-level hockey sense to tie this game. Mykitiuk had the puck on a string and out-waited the Trojans' defence when he found Ty Stanton back-door. Instead of a quick release, Stanton opted to wait until Peyton Lee's five-hole showed enough of an opening and buried his ninth of the season. 

In the second and early in the third, the Trojans were evenly matched with the league's best team. SAIT had spurts of puck control/offensive zone time and capitalized twice. Zach McNeil and Kolton Dixon put the Trojans up two, with Dixon's marker (his first career ACAC goal) coming six minutes into the third. 

With just 14 minutes to go, the Ooks found their game again. The ice was tilted in their favour. 

With Austin Dick in the box, Ooks captain Corey Chorneyko buried a blast from the point. A tremendous effort by Tanner Dunkle helped set up the captain and pull NAIT within one.

With just over five minutes remaining, a beautiful drop pass from Brayden Harris set-up Jake Mykitiuk, who proceeded to go bar-down to tie this hockey game. There was a little controversy after the goal, however. The SAIT Trojans' players and coaching staff believed the puck hit the crossbar and never crossed the goal line. With little hesitation, the refs called it a goal and stood by their decision.

In the overtime period, the Ooks had an early powerplay and made no mistake when Jordan Davies scored just 90 seconds into the extra frame. A beautiful cross-ice pass from Thomas Foster helped #27 score his fourth of the season. 

Game Notes:

  • The Ooks improve to 13-0-0 at home this season. While their undefeated home record was in jeopardy Friday night, they found a way to bounce back and win this hockey game. That is a true testament of how good this team is; good teams know how to win hockey games.
  •  After going 2-1-0 with a .865 Sv% and 3.49 GAA in January, Nathan Park really had to battle in the crease tonight. He was great for Tim Fragle's club, stopping 31 shots for his 11th win of the season. In February, Park has gone 2-0-0 with a .942 Sv% and 1.48 GAA. Safe to say he has returned to form.

  • With another multi-point effort (his 11th this season), Jake Mykitiuk adds to his point totals. His 40 points (14 goals, 26 assists) are best in the ACAC and five more than second place (Tyler Berkholtz).
  • Captain Corey Chorneyko is having a fabulous season. In a game where he scored his second of the season, he was clearly the best player on the ice. In 19 games this season, he has two goals and 16 assists. Not to mention, he has been a leader in every sense of the word this season.
  • Was very impressed with first-year player, Joel Hamilton tonight. The Trojans' leading scorer was great on both sides of the puck. He created multiple chances for SAIT and had a couple of outstanding efforts on the back-check. The centre has 23 points in 25 games this season and will only get better as his ACAC career goes on. 

Next up

SAIT Trojans (15-6-3-1)

The NAIT Ooks look to sweep the home-and-home series against SAIT tonight. The NAIT Ooks currently lead the season series 2-0-1. Puck drop at 7:00 p.m.

  • February 17: @ SAIT (7:00PM)
    • Watch: ACAC TV