The Portage College Voyageurs didn't exactly roll out the red carpet for their visiting opponents Saturday afternoon – but in the end, the Kings made it to the throne. In a highly entertaining hockey game at the Bold Center in Lac La Biche, Red Deer College defeated Portage 5-2.
Tyler Podgorenko led the way with two goals while Kings' player of the game Chase Thudium added three assists. For the Voyageurs, Cole Keenleyside netted his fifth of the season and added a helper. Karstin McDonald played a strong defensive match nd was named player of the game for his squad.
Despite the loss, Voyageurs Associate Coach Kevin McCLelland was impressed with his team's effort against a strong and more experienced opponent.
"I thought it was a gutsy performance from our guys," said the four-time Stanley Cup Champion. "The difference was they scored on the powerplay and we didn't."
Indeed, for the second game in a row, the Kings aced the special teams battle and dealt a tough deck of cards to the Voyageurs. Red Deer finished the weekend going five for seven on the powerplay and potting a couple of shorthanded markers for good measure.
"They have a lot of speed and skill and that can hurt you," said McCLelland. "It certainly did this weekend."