After first half still in first place, but they’re not happy
It had to be seen to be believed. And it won’t happen much in the future. The Trojans men’s hockey team lost at home.
The club ended their fall semester with a 4-3 loss against the Mount Royal University Cougars. The cross-town rivals wanted to avoid SAIT from taking a six point on top of the ACAC standings if the Trojans had won.
The last time the Trojans lost at the Campus Centre was a play-off game on March 13, 2009, and in the regular season it goes back to the previous Valentine’s Day.
Coach Ken Babey said the Cougars just wanted it more, which broke the 28-game undefeated streak.
“We didn’t play committed or intense enough,” said the coach of the four time consecutive league champions. “They won the game in the second period, they played hard but we didn’t match their intensity, we didn’t execute their game plan and they did.”
Eric Galbriath scored twice in a game in which the Trojans never led. The road team has been victorious in both games this year, which Babey said with SAIT’s narrower ice was more conducive to their bigger, more aggressive style.
“In this game, they plugged up the neutral zone and wouldn’t allow us to use our speed. When we won at Centennial Arena (with the Olympic sized rink) we were able to use our skills on the bigger ice.”
The fall portion of the season continues with SAIT in first place with a 12-2-2 record. The Cougars are second, trailing by two points, and the Augustana Vikings are third, trailing the Trojans by five points.
One positive from the game: forward Shane Lust tied the Trojans goal scoring record, as he collected his 63rd goal. This evened his record up with Duane Potekal (‘82-84) and Rich Norberg (’81-84). He is also now tied for sixth in goal scoring in the history of the ACAC.
“It doesn’t feel the same when you don’t win,” Lust said. “Hopefully I do it (break the record) on a game when we win.”
Lust said a record like this is something he would focus on more in the off season. The loss against the Cougars was all he was thinking about.
“We would like to play them tomorrow,” he said. “Mount Royal now has the bragging rights over the Christmas break.”