This week in RDC Athletics

Catherine Longchamps (7) and the Queens will look for a strong finish in the ACAC Women's Hockey finals. Photo - Tony Hansen
Catherine Longchamps (7) and the Queens will look for a strong finish in the ACAC Women's Hockey finals. Photo - Tony Hansen

The Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Women's Hockey best of five finals between the RDC Queens and MacEwan University Griffins will continue this week. The Indoor Track team will compete at the ACAC championship over two days and the Hockey Kings will face-off against the MacEwan University Griffins in the best of three semi-finals.

Here is a summary of what is happening this week in RDC Athletics.

 

Queens Hockey | Thursday, March 8 | 7:00 p.m. | MacEwan University

The Griffins will host the Queens in game three of the best of five ACAC Women's Hockey finals. The series is tied 1-1 and the RDC Queens will look for a similar performance as they had on Saturday when they shutout MacEwan University 4-0. Emily Lougheed, a fifth-year forward from Spruce View, leads all playoff performers with five points. Kaitlan Linnell, a first-year forward from Red Deer, shares top spot in postseason goal scoring with three. Tracie Kikuchi sports the best save percentage in the playoffs (0.931).

Emily Lougheed (18) has 2 goals and 3 assists in the playoffs

 

Queens Hockey | Friday, March 9 | 7:30 p.m. | ENMAX Centrium

The RDC Queens will compete against the MacEwan University Griffins in game four. This will be the final home game of 2017 – 18 for the Queens.

Queens Hockey | Saturday, March 10 | 6:00 p.m. | MacEwan University

If necessary, game five will be played in Edmonton.

 

Indoor Track | March 9 - 10 | ACAC Championship | MacEwan University

The RDC Indoor Track team had very good results at Grand Prix #1 and #2, and are looking forward to the upcoming championship this weekend.

The Queens and Kings each placed second at Grand Prix #1 in Edmonton. Devon Gurney had a tremendous performance and was named the Male Athlete of Grand Prix #1. The Kinesiology & Sport Studies student from Prince George took top spot (2:54.31) in the men's 1,000 m finals and third (1:30.97) in the 600 m finals.

Devon Gurney - Kings Indoor Track

 

In Calgary at Grand Prix #2, the Queens and Kings both finished in second place overall. Both teams earned top spot in the 4 x 400 metre relay.

 

Kings Hockey | Friday, March 9 | 7:00 p.m. | MacEwan University

The RDC Kings will open the best of three semi-finals against the MacEwan University Griffins in Edmonton. Only one point separated the two teams in the regular season standings. The Griffins (20-7-1-0) finished with 41 points while the Kings (19-7-2-0) recorded 40. The Kings and Griffins split their most recent regular season series. Both teams picked up wins on the road.

In Edmonton, the RDC Kings defeated the MacEwan University Griffins 5-4 in double overtime on January 26. Jacob Wozney, a first-year forward from Richmond, had a four point game including the winning goal. Troy Trombley earned the win in net and stopped 38 out of 42 shots (0.905).

On January 27, the Griffins edged the Kings 2-1 at the Penhold Multiplex. Tyler Podgorenko was the goal scorer for RDC.

 Tyler Podgorenko (41) and the Kings are prepared for the Griffins

 

Regular season comparison:

 

 Goals for

 Goals against

 Power play

 Penalty kill

 RDC (19-7-2-0)

 3.89

 2.54

 16.7

 90.5

 MacEwan (20-7-1-0)

 3.75

 2.39

 20.2

 84.5

 

The Kings' penalty kill was perfect against the Concordia Thunder in the quarter-finals.

Kings Hockey | Saturday, March 10 | 7:00 p.m. | Penhold Multiplex

The Kings will host the Griffins in game two on home ice.

Kings Hockey | Sunday, March 11 | 6:00 p.m. | MacEwan University

If necessary, game three will be played in Edmonton.

 

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