Red Deer, AB – The visiting SAIT Trojans pushed the RDC Kings right to the end. The visitors were within one in the third period, but a late empty net goal helped the Red Deer College Kings earn a hard-fought 6-4 win at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.
The Trojans opened the scoring at 7:50 of the first period on the power play. Mark Drohan found space behind Kings goaltender Arik Weersink for a 1-0 lead. Before the end of the frame, the Kings would take back the edge. Mathieu Lapointe and Tyrell Mappin beat Trojans netminder Kyle Dumba within minutes to pull ahead 2-1.
Kings' forward Chance Longjohn was the only goal scorer of the middle frame, which bumped the home team up by a pair (3-1).
Early in the third, SAIT's Eric Krienke brought the visitors within one. Then there was a flurry of action. Kings defenceman Tyler Podgorenko and forward Jacob Wozney struck with the man advantage and then the Trojans scored back-to-back markers to remain within one (5-4). First it was Colton Carthy who found the back of the net and then Jackson McKinstry tallied while shorthanded.
SAIT pulled Kyle Dumba for the extra skater and with time winding down Chase Thudium found the open cage, sealing a 6-4 home win.
Jacob Wozney was named the Collegiate Sports Medicine Kings Player-of-the-Game.
Colton Carthy received the award for the Trojans.
Arik Weersink turned aside 25 out of 29 shots. Kyle Dumba also made 25 saves.
The Kings went two-for-ten on the power play. The Trojans connected once on seven tries.
On Saturday, the RDC Kings (11-1-1-0) will play the Trojans (6-4-1-2) at 7:00 p.m. in Calgary.