Red Deer College 2 @ NAIT Ooks 1 (SO)

February 17, 2018

Red Deer College, led by their goaltender Tracie Kikuchi, steals a rare victory on the Ooks' home ice. In a defensive battle, it was former NAIT Ook Cassidy Andersen scoring the shootout winner as the Ooks fall to 18-4-2. 

Game Report

Game Story & Notes

Game Story:


Tonight marked the final ACAC regular season game for several Ooks players tonight. Kaitlyn Whaley, Hayley Douglas, Alica Mihalikova and Denni Sutherland all suited up for their final regular season game in an Ooks sweater.  A pre-game ceremony was held for each of the players; congratulations to all!


When the game got underway, both Red Deer and NAIT exchanged grade-A scoring chances early. As expected, Karlee Fetch and Tracie Kikuchi were equal to the task. 


The first period saw both goaltenders make "ACAC Save of the Year" stops. Kikuchi absolutely robbed Davina McLeod halfway through the first; the goal horn even went off in the NAIT Arena! Unbelievable save.


Not to be outdone, Karlee Fetch made a similar save, diving and reaching out to absolutely rob McMurtry with the glove. It was a sensational display of athleticism from both goalies. 


The second period saw both teams score their only goals of the hockey game. A beautiful passing play by Verca Kuzelova and Brittney Savard was capped off by Kuzelova's dazzling skill set; the Czech Republican went forehand, backhand and tucked the puck in passed an outstretched Kikuchi. 


Red Deer College responded three minutes later, when their captain, Julia Murrell, went skate-to-stick and buried her 10th of the season. Murrell's shot was nothing short of perfect, as she tucked it in right under the bar and over Fetch's glove. 


The third period was the "Tracie Kikuchi Show" as the Queens' netminder stopped all 14 shots in the third, many in spectacular fashion. The Ooks outshot Red Deer College 14-2 in the final regulation period, but couldn't solve number 35. We were off to overtime. 


Both OT periods didn't solve anything and it was Red Deer college capitalizing on two shootout attempts to seal their 14th win of the season. Cassidy Andersen, former NAIT Ooks defenseman, scored the shootout winner with Red Deer's second goal of the shootout. 


Kikuchi and Brittney Savard were named ACAC Players of the Game.   


Game Notes:

  • The NAIT Ooks drop back-to-back games for the first time all season. Being swept by Red Deer in a home-and-home series certainly makes things interesting for next week. The Ooks and Queens will face each other in the first round of the ACAC Playoffs.
     
  • Ooks wingers Brittney Savard and Alex Reiter were fantastic for Deanna Martin's club tonight. Both players were ferocious on the forecheck and generated offensive chances for the club all night. Savard and Reiter, both assistant captains, are key pieces in the lineup and will need to continue their great play in the playoffs.
     
  • Goaltender Karlee Fetch made her first appearance since February 2nd tonight. While the overtime loss drops her record to 8-2-1 on the season, she is as consistent as they come at the ACAC level:
    • In wins: 8-0-0, .939 Sv%, 1.22 GAA
    • In losses: 0-2-1, .932 Sv%, 1.63 GAA

      This kind of consistency is almost unheard of. Number 33 was the recipient of the Ooks' internal player of the game tonight.   
       
  • Verca Kuzelova has been dynamite since February 1. Currently in a six-game point streak, Kuzelova has chosen the right time to get hot--right before the playoffs. She has six goals and two assists in her last six.
     
  • RDC's Tracie Kikuchi is making her case for "ACAC Player of the Year." The goaltender picks up her third straight win with a 40-save effort tonight, improving her save percentage to .945%. While playing in a league-high 22 games, she sits fourth in GAA with 1.42. 

Next up

Red Deer College Queens (Series Tied 0-0)

The second seeded NAIT Ooks kick off their 2018 post-season against the Queens next week. After dropping back-to-back games against RDC this weekend, the Ooks look to get back on track at the NAIT Arena. The ACAC Playoff schedule will be announced Monday.

  • Dates: TBD