MacEwan Griffins (1) @ NAIT Ooks (7)

January 20, 2018

The NAIT Ooks skate away with a 7-1 victory on Saturday night. Tyler Robertson notched 2 goals and an assist while Patrick Gora picked up his fifth win of the season. The Ooks improve their record to 16-2-1-1.

Game Report

Game Story & Notes

Game Story:


Tim Fragle was required to change the NAIT Ooks lineup coming into this game. NAIT's Head Coach ran 11 Forwards and 7 Defencemen following Menard's injury last night. Francis Menard, a key piece to this NAIT Ooks forward core, suffered a lower body injury in the opening game of this home-and-home series.


Not only did the Ooks lose #14 last night, but ended up dropping the game 4-1.


It's safe to say, however, tonight's performance was a solid bounce-back effort. The best offense in the ACAC division could not be stopped, potting seven goals against the league's best statistical netminder.

 

With key injuries to the top line, it was Robertson and his linemates, Thomas Foster and Brandon Ralph, stepping up in a big way tonight.


Robertson had his fingerprints all over the first three markers for the Ooks, including a nifty short-handed goal to beat Marc-Olivier Daigle in the second period. Robertson finished with 3 points on the night (2 goals, 1 assist).

 

"We struggled a bit yesterday, so to come out here and put a lot of shots on and get a couple of lucky bounces was nice," says Robertson following the victory.

 

Brandon Ralph ended the night with 2 assist and Foster, while only notching one assist, was effective all night.


Game Notes:

  • Tanner Dunkle remains red hot, notching another two assists tonight. The Ooks Winger now has 7 points in his last 4 games (3 goals, 4 assists). Dunkle scored the only goal in the Ooks loss on Friday. 
     
  • Patrick Gora remains perfect on the season, notching his fifth win to give him a 5-0-0 record. Gora's numbers are elite thus far, proving he is more than capable of stepping in for Nathan Park when necessary (1.49 GAA, .930 Sv%).
     
  • Jake Mykitiuk had a rare (very rare) pointless night tonight. Mykitiuk was still an offensive catalyst for the club, but couldn't find his name on the score sheet. He continues to leads the league in points (30 in 20 Games Played), but Adam Wheeldon registered an assist in Concordia's 4-0 win, bringing Wheeldon to 29 points on the season. Berkholtz and Butler (RDC) are both sitting at 28.
     
  • Defenceman Macklin Pichonsky registered his first two points on the season tonight, including one on the powerplay. The Petroleim Engineering student engineered a steady game on the back end.
     
  • Griffins Forward Sean MacTavish was solid for MacEwan. He registered the only goal for the boys in Maroon and was effective on the forecheck all night. 
     
  • The league's best statistical netminder, Marc-Olivier Daigle, was chased out of the crease after just 28 minutes of play. The Ooks potted four goals past the Griffins goalie on 23 shots. Surely, Michael Ringrose was trying to spark his club with the goaltender change. Chris Wray stopped 14 of 17 shots in relief. 

Next up

Concordia University (6-12-2)

The ACAC's two leading scorers, Jake Mykitiuk and Adam Wheeldon, face-off next weekend in a home-and-home series. 

  • January 26: @ Concordia (8:15PM)
  • January 27: @ NAIT (6:00PM)
    • Watch & Listen: ACAC TV & NR92