Posted: Nov 01, 2019
Friday night in Lac La Biche, Kyle Dumba had his opponents' numba. The SAIT Trojans' goalie stopped everything he faced, Colton McCarthy notched his first two goals of the season (including an empty netter) and the visiting Trojans bested the hometown Portage College Voyageurs 3-0 in a fast-paced, hard-hitting and highly entertaining hockey game at the Bold Center.
Both teams skated hard and created many scoring chances, particularly in an evenly played first period. Voyageur goalie Taryn Kotchorek was fantastic, seeming to have eight legs like a Taryn-tula, making save after save and almost matching his counterpart at the other end of the ice. Not surprisingly, both goalies were named players of the game for their respective teams. The final shots were 41-25 for SAIT.
Voyageurs Head Coach Nate Bedford, while disappointed in the final score, was pleased with his squad's effort.
"We worked extremely hard," he said. "We had some bad breaks on a few scoring chances, where we hit posts and crossbars. Those chances go in the net and maybe it's a different hockey game."
The coach was quick to credit the Trojans on an excellent road game, and gave them full marks for the win.
"SAIT played a great game," he said. "They're a tough team to play against."
Despite the loss, Bedford found lots to like in the Voyageurs' game and added that it actually served as a good learning tool for his players.
"I think they realized that we need to have everyone going to win," he said. "It's a good sign that while the game was close."