Kings 6 Trojans 5 (2OT)
Ooks 5 Queens 2 (Ooks lead best-of-three series 1-0)
Chase Thudium helped drag the RDC Kings to a victory Friday night.
The third-year forward from Sylvan Lake had the opening goal of the game on the power play, an assist in the second period and played hero in overtime.
With the game tied at five in the second overtime, playing three-on-three in the Kings final home game of the regular season, Thudium buried 29 seconds into the extra frame.
The gutsy 6-5 win over the SAIT Trojans, included the Kings pulling the goalie tied in three-on-three overtime and with the team also battling sickness all week.
RDC still needs a win in the final game of the season Saturday night in Calgary to clinch second in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference.
The Kings scored three times on the power play in the first period with goals from Thudium, Trevor Costello and Lynnden Pastachak. Scott Ferguson put the Kings ahead 4-1 midway through the second, but the Trojans got within a goal by the end of the frame.
SAIT scored twice in a four-minute span early in the third to take a 5-4 lead, before Regan Doig tied the game at five for RDC.
Arik Weersink made 40 saves for the Kings in the victory and Thudium was player of the game, while Tyrell Mappin and Dylan Thudium each added three assists.
The Kings also honoured Dylan and captain Scott Ferguson, who are moving on from the program after this season.
The Queens lost a tough 5-2 game to the NAIT Ooks to open the ACAC best-of-three semifinal.
NAIT opened the scoring 53 seconds into the second on the power play, but Ashley Sutherland and Mary Hirsch scored for RDC to give them a 2-1 advantage. Cassidy Shandro added a goal for the Ooks with 49 seconds left in the period to tie the game.
Megan Leblanc closed out the hat trick with a pair of goals in the final frame and Jordan McMillan also added a tally.
Kaitlyn Slator made nine saves for Ooks in the win, while Karlee Fetch turned aside 18 in the loss for RDC.
Game 2 of the series is Saturday at 2 p.m. in Edmonton.