It's Crunch Time for Thunder Hockey
The Men’s Hockey program is in its second year under Head Coach Dan Glegloff. Things were looking promising for the team at the conclusion of Fall semester play, by which time the team had already equaled their points record from all of last season. However, the tables turned with the New Year and due to a number of untimely injuries and some plain old ‘bad bounces’, the team posted a 0-7-1 record for the month of January. In spite of that spate of losses, the team still has a chance to snatch the final playoff spot if they can win their final six games and get a little outside help.
Thunder Hockey Earn Split to Close Fall Semester Action
The Thunder Men's Hockey team closed out the first semester with a set of games against the Red Deer College Kings. On Friday night in front of a loud contingent of Concordia fans at Bill Hunter Arena, the Thunder jumped out to an early 3 to 0 lead on two goals from Phil Dillon and another from Tyler Stevenson. However RDC fought back and tied the game on a controversial goal that appeared to slide underneath the side of the net. The Kings would take the lead into the 3rd and despite a good effort from Concordia the game would end in a 6 to 3 loss for the Thunder. On Saturday November 28th, the Thunder travelled to Penhold and once again jumped out to an early lead on a goal from Fil Kejdana. After Red Deer tied the game in the second period, the Thunder responded with a Chase Fallis goal that would prove to be the game winner. The final score ended 2 to 1 and Connor Dobberthien got the win in net with 39 saves. Beau Ferbey played his final game for the Thunder capping off an excellent 5 year career. Beau will be moving into the workforce and the team would like to offer him best wishes as he moves on after earning his Bachelor of Management Degree. "It has been a positive first half of the season for Concordia as they have nearly equaled their point total from all of last season," beamed Head Coach Dan Glegloff. "Going into the break the Thunder sit only 2 points behind of a playoff spot and look forward to continuing to grow as a team in this new semester. Thanks to all of the fans and students who have supported the team this year. The players and coaching staff are looking forward to more good times in 2016!!!"
In Men’s Hockey, second year Head Coach Dan Glegloff did a masterful recruiting job over the off-season and the infusion of talent is beginning to show dividends. As of this writing, the team is just 4 points out of a playoff spot and are looking for a strong push down the stretch to close the gap on the front runners.
Thunder Hockey Manage Single Point Against Portage
This weekend the Concordia Thunder Hockey team battled the Portage Voyageurs in a pair of closely contested games. Friday night in front of a big crowd, the Thunder gave up a late power play goal to lose 4 to 3. The highlight of the game was Lac La Biche product Adam Moghrabi scoring his first ACAC goal in his first game in front of friends and family. Moghrabi would go on to score another goal later in the game and was named the Player of the Game for the Thunder.
Saturday night was again a low scoring affair. A pair of goals from first year D-men Dave Randall and Conner Dea gave the Thunder the 2 to 1 lead heading into the final frame. An early goal in the third tied the game for Portage and due to the great penalty killing by the Thunder the game was taken into OT. Despite many chances in the extra frame the Thunder were unable to score against the Portage goalie and with 4 seconds left the Voyageurs were able to sneak a puck past Rhys Hadfield for the 3 to 2 win. The Thunder still came away with a point and will look to find more success next weekend against the Augustana Vikings.Thunder Hockey Celebrate a Great Four Point WeekendThis past weekend the Thunder came away with two big wins against their cross town rival MacEwan University. On Friday night at home the Thunder trailed during the third period but found a tying goal from rookie Conner Dea (his first in the ACAC). Late in the game Tyler Stevenson cashed in a game winner on the power play and the Thunder held on to win the game 3 to 2. Rhys Hadfield was excellent in the game stopping 47 shots.
On Saturday night at Bill Hunter Arena the Thunder jumped out to an early 2 to 0 lead but saw the Griffins claw their way back and tie the game. After trading goals in the second period and a hard fought third period, the game headed to overtime. Just 46 seconds into the OT Phil Dillon scored to give the Thunder a 4 to 3 victory. Nathan Smith led the way for the Thunder with 3 assists and is now tied for the league lead in points with 8.
The weekend was a huge confidence builder for the Thunder and they head to Portage on Friday night tied for 4th in the ACAC. The team looks forward to playing the return match against the Voyageurs on Saturday night at Clareview and hope to see many Thunder supporters in the stands.