Kings 8 Clippers 1
The RDC Kings rode another strong first period to a dominant win over the Briercrest College Clippers.
With the 8-2 victory, the Kings improved to 10-1-1 on the year, including wins in the last seven contests.
Rookie defenceman Carter Wolski led the attack for the Kings, scoring twice in the first period and adding two assists. The Sexsmith native has shown his offensive potential throughout the year and was finally rewarded Saturday.
“He’s so quick and yesterday, he had a lot of shots on net. I called him into the coach’s office, he was the first guy here and I asked him how many shots he had. He knew exactly, he said ‘I had 14’,” recalled Kings head coach Trevor Keeper.
“He was doing the same kind of thing all the time. We just talked about shot variety and mixing it up a bit. He scored one under the bar and he was shooting when the goaltender wasn’t set. Shooting it in stride a little bit more. Once he gets some confidence, we’re expecting that kind of thing to carry over.”
Wolski added it was nice to finally contribute on the scoresheet and he hopes the two goals are the first of many in his Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference career.
“I think it was a little overdue. Had the monkey on my back for a bit, definitely nice to get two,” said the five-foot-10 blueliner, who was the player of the game in the win.
Austin Hunter also added a pair, scoring in the first and then on the power play in the second. Ross Heidt added a second-period tally, before Lynnden Pastachak and Jacob Wozney added power play goals in the third. Tyrell Mappin also had a goal and an assist in the win.
Overall, the Kings were four-for-seven on the power play and allowed just one goal shorthanded.
Nathan Alalouf made 21 saves for the Kings while Dan Dekoning stopped 43 for the Clippers.
Keeper said it’s been all about consistency this season and the lengthy win streak is indicative of that.
“It’s been one of our focuses about being consistent and being good all the time,” Keeper said.
“That’s why we’re sitting at 10-1-1, the guys are playing consistent and Kings hockey– playing for each other all the time and we haven’t lost a game in a while, that’s one of the reasons.”
The Kings will take on the SAIT Trojans in a pair of road games to finish off the first semester of play.