EDMONTON, Alta. – In a familiar position as years past, the NAIT Ooks finished off the Grant MacEwan Griffins 3-1 on Saturday night to solidify their #1 seed heading into the ACAC hockey championships starting next week.
In a tightly contested battle that saw physical play throughout the night and many powerplays both directions, the NAIT Ooks were ultimately able to avenge a loss to the same Griffins from the night before and head into the playoff bye week coming off a win and feeling good about where they are as a team.
After scoreless first period, the Ooks scored early in the second period and would never relinquish that lead. A late goal by the Griffins tightened the game in the third period before an empty net goal sealed their fate,
The win means NAIT finished the season with a 13-1 record and completes the season series over the Grant MacEwan Griffins 3-1.
Players of the Game
NAIT Ooks – Brendan Jensen
Grant MacEwan Griffins – Ryan Mckinnon
The Big Picture
NAIT Ooks – 24-4-0-0 - First in the ACAC
Grant MacEwan Griffins – 20-7-1-0 – Third place in the ACAC north division
NAIT Ooks will take the week off as the #1 seed for the ACAC Championships, getting a bye in the first round of the playoffs.
Grant MacEwan Griffins will play the Concordia Thunder in the Quarterfinals of the ACAC Championships.