The Dinos men's hockey program was thrilled to see its first CW finals action since 1996, but was slightly less thrilled with the final scores -- losing to the University of Alberta Golden bears 3-0 in game one and 8-1 in game two of the best of three series.
In game one, the Bears scored twice in 52 seconds to build a 2-0 lead five minutes into the first period due to a pair of Dinos turnovers. The Dinos had their chances in the game, out-shooting the Bears 32-29, but were unable to beat Bears' goalie Kurtis Mucha. Golden Bear Derek Ryan added his second goal of the night at 7:24 in the third to make it 3-0 for the Bears.
The Bears began the second game of the series with a short-handed goal just 55 seconds into the first period and added another goal from Jean-Pierre Szaszkiewicz at 6:27 in the first to make it 2-0. Dinos defenseman Joel Eisenkirch scored just 14 seconds later to make it 2-1.
"The two goals we gave up early in the second [game] put us on our heels for sure," said Howell.
The Dinos went into the second period down one, but the game soon got out of reach. Bears forward Sean Ringrose scored 43 seconds in on the power play. From there the Bears scored four more goals before the period was over and added another in the third to win it 8-1.