New goalie impresses against competition
Scott Orth joined the Trojans this year after playing with the Portage Voyageurs from Lac La Biche. And while Orth knows Tommy Tartaglione is the starter, the new goalie has to use his chances in net effectively.
Now with two wins in a row against the ACAC’s best opponents, he’s shown he made the right choice for his hockey career.
“SAIT is a great organization and they take their hockey very seriously,” he said after backstopping the Trojans to a 3-1 win at Centennial Arena against Mount Royal University. “Calgary is a much better fit for me.”
He has transitioned academically from university general studies courses to Administration Information Management. He would eventually like to join SAIT’s EMT program.
When he saw the board indicating who was playing last Friday, he was ecstatic to get his chance.
“You don’t want to be on the bench or sitting in the stands. You want to be the guy they go to and right now we have three goalies who can do it.”
Orth is also enjoying being a new Calgarian.
“The city is great. The school is awesome. There are always new people to meet and places to go. It’s been fun.”
To add to Orth’s excitement, his team rocketed into a four-point lead atop the ACAC last weekend with two goals from Shane Lust against the Cougars.
Lust scored on a shorthanded breakaway in the first minute of the third period to break the tie, and then stuffed a puck around the near post on Cougars’ goalie Justin Cote to pot the insurance goal.
“I needed to score a big goal for the boys,” said Lust, who was back on the top line with Mike Ullrich and Robert Nocera.
“We always get up for these guys. I haven’t had butterflies since the playoffs.”
Another key to the game was the Trojans’ winning all the key face-offs, never giving Mount Royal the ability to develop many plays in the third period.
“If you control the middle of the ice, you control puck possession. Lessard, Ullrich and Watson were all excellent,” said Trojans coach Ken Babey.
“Overall it was a solid team effort for November and a strong win for the team psychologically as well as for points.”
The Trojans have now faced everyone in the ACAC at least once and Babey said the “seeding round” looks like he thought it would.
“I figured Augustana and Mount Royal would be good teams and they are and I hoped we would be in the hunt somewhere also. It’s stacked up the way everyone would think. I didn’t know if we would be in first having so many rookies.”
Their second lap around the league starts this weekend as they host Grant MacEwan from Edmonton on Saturday at 6 p.m.
They then conclude the semester with a home game against the Cougars on Dec. 3.