Already in his fourth year, hockeysaur Adam Loncan has dutifully filled the role of a strong two-way forward who occasionally found the back of the net. After his offensive eruption against the University of Regina Cougars, however, he may be expected to replace the torched twine.
Loncan, a native of Dawson Creek, British Columbia, notched seven points--six of them goals--in pacing the Dinos to a pair of road wins in Regina. For his efforts, he was awarded the prestigious titles of both Canada West and Canadian Interuniversity Sport Male Athlete of the Week.
Along with his teammates, Loncan had the Cougars looking for a cave to crawl into after thoroughly embarrassing the home squad with a deadly display of firepower.
During the weekend series, Loncan registered two hat tricks, both game winning goals, three powerplay goals, one shorthanded marker and, oh yeah, one assist.
When asked about the stunning feat, Dinos Head Coach Scott Atkinson couldn't help but toss a wise crack at the weekend wonder.
"How would you describe this weekend, Loncs?" asked a smiling Atkinson. "A miracle?"
Jokes aside, the coach sounded more relieved than surprised with Loncan's Midas touch.
"That's more along the lines of what we expected out of him, he's an extremely talented player who hasn't been as good offensively since he's been here as we might have liked," commented Atkinson.
However, Atkinson is also quick to point out that a fair portion of Loncan's previous offensive struggles can be attributed to injuries and line juggling in search of a unit that complement his skill.
"We're hoping this weekend is a sign of good things to come," he said.
Whether or not Loncan can duplicate last weekend's masterpiece anytime soon remains up in the air, but, as of right now, he seems quite content to receive the accolades stemming from his spectacular performance.
"It's a big thing to be acknowledged like that, I've never had anything like that happen before," stated the modest, yet exuberant, Loncan. "The bounces went our way, my linemates made some great feeds to me, and the puck just found it's way into the net."
Putting his own achievements aside, Loncan is more concerned with the four points earned in the standings and the direction the team is heading.
"Our top line has been putting the puck in the net all year long, but coming up to playoffs we're going to need every line to contribute in whatever way possible," Loncan explained.
Putting the team first is always a priority, but when thinking that last weekend may have been the pinnacle of his university career, he couldn't help but chuckle.
"I think that was the highlight right there, unless of course we make it to the National Championship."
With his great weekend, Loncan, a Communication and Culture student, has positioned himself neatly in 13th place in the Canada West scoring race.