Lethbridge – Chris Collin’s goal with less than four minutes to play propelled the Calgary Dinos to a weekend sweep of the Lethbridge Pronghorns with a 3-2 in Canada West men’s hockey action.
Collins would pick up two on the night and Kodie Curran scored the other Dino marker, while David McMullen and Tim Campbell replied for the ‘Horns.
Game two of a home-and-home weekend series between the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns and the University of Calgary Dinos saw an action-packed first period with both teams making smart plays and earning great scoring chances.
Calgary’s Kevin King was called for high-sticking in the opening minutes of the frame and the Horns quickly found themselves with an early extended power play. Making the most of the man advantage, Lethbridge upped the pressure on DeSerres. Shots by Artsiom Kalishnikov and Ryan Aasman each came close and Brenden Clowes’ hard wrister from within scoring range was gloved down confidently by the Calgary keeper.
Within minutes of being back to even strength, the Dinos’ found themselves shorthanded, once again, as Alex Dzielski was called for slashing. This time, McMullen’s hard blast from just inside the blue line put the ‘Horns on the scoreboard, beating a well-screened DeSerres.
Not known to back down offensively, the Dinos quickly responded but Tait stood tall between the pipes and denied several great scoring chances by Curran, who kept hard shots coming from the top of the circle, and Collins, whose off-angle wrister was kicked wide and out of harm’s way.
A hard blast from Curran left a juicy rebound out in front of the Lethbridge net but neither Spencer Edwards nor Kevin King could put it away, each desperately jamming away at the loose puck on the doorstep, with Tait firmly in position.
The Dinos’ seemed to find another gear in the dressing room and managed to shift the balance of the score-sheet in the second, netting two unanswered goals courtesy of Curran and Collins. After a number of missed chances in the first, Curran increased his team leading point total to nine, with a high glove-side bullet than went soaring past Tait at 9:10. Collins put the Dinos ahead for the first time two minutes later, his shot sneaking through the pads of the Lethbridge net-minder.
Calgary’s Spencer Edwards tried to make the most of a neutral-ice turnover early in the third period, and add extend his team’s lead, but David McMullen had other plans and managed to stay with the streaking forward the whole way and deny him of a scoring chance.
Lethbridge knotted things up late in the frame. A hard angle shot by Campbell, from Brenden Clowes and Ryon Moser, went soaring past an unsuspecting DeSerres. Calgary answered back mere moments later as a bouncing puck, credited to Collins, managed to find its way across the line.
Dylan Tait was the busier of the two goaltenders, turning aside 32 shots in a losing effort, while DeSerres finished the night with 23 saves.
With this win the Dinos complete the sweep of the weekend series and improve to 4-2-0 while the Horns’ fall to 0-0-6. The Dinos return to Calgary where they play host to the University of Regina Cougars while the Pronghorns travel west to face-off against the UBC Thunderbirds.