The NAIT men’s hockey team had another successful weekend and moved to 30-0 after a sweep of the Concordia Thunder this past weekend with a destroying 8-1 victory on Friday night, and a 6-4 decision the following evening.
Friday evening started and ended well for the Ooks. The Ooks scored eight goals from eight different players and maintained their confidence from one goal to another. The scoring kicked off early as the Ooks struck minutes into the game. The Ooks scored once more before entering the second where they scored four more times, including two power play goals to keep them on top. At this point in the game, to say the Thunder were frustrated is an understatement. Midway through the second frame, Concordia changed their netminder as they were down 4 goals. Frustration turned into action in the third as the Thunder respond 30 seconds into the third. However, that didn’t prove to be quite enough as the Ooks regained puck possession to scored two more times to take home the 8-1 barnburner.
Following the 8-1 win, the Thunder were trying to keep up the momentum to match the Ooks on Saturday night. The scoring started midway through the first with the Ooks scoring a shorty to get on the board. Only two minutes after Ooks lit the lamp, again. The first ended 2-0 for the Ooks. Moving to the second it took less than a minute for the Ooks to lift the puck and get past Thunder’s goalie. The Ooks score three more times in the period, as the Thunder scores two. Thunder was down by 2 heading into the third. The third consisted of the puck staying in the Ooks zone leading to two goals scored by Concordia before the game came to an end. The Ooks took this exciting game 6-4.
No coach goes into a season thinking that they would be undefeated. Nor do the players. Which is why assistant coach Umberto Fiorillo believes that there is work to be done still and that the team remain focused on the prize- another ACAC Championship.”Not every game is going to be picture perfect, “ says Fiorillo, “but successful hockey teams find ways to win hockey games in many different ways. We are going to be purposeful and focused in our preparation this week in practice and prepare for the last weekend of the regular season.”
The Ooks will continue to keep their eye on the prize by focusing on a one game mentality. With just two games left in the regular season the Ooks look to match their previous 1984-1985 record with a perfect season. The next two games will be played at home against the last place team, Briercrest; the games are Friday night at 7 p.m. and Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.