Ooks Square Off With Griffins In ACAC Championship
EDMONTON, ALTA. – The NAIT Ooks men’s hockey team will square off with the MacEwan Griffins in the 2019 ACAC Men’s Hockey Championship. Game one will take place in the NAIT Arena this Friday at 7:00 pm.
The top seed NAIT Ooks come into the series after defeating the SAIT Trojans 2-1 in a hard-fought semifinal series. NAIT won the first game 2-1 only to lose the second 5-3. In the third and final game on Sunday night, they made a statement with a 7-2 victory which handed them the series. “We felt we played well for eight of the nine periods. The third period in game two cost us that game. It was a difficult series in many ways as SAIT posed many challenges for us. Our guys bought into the game plan, and that ended up being the difference,” said NAIT head coach Tim Fragle when asked about the series with SAIT.
The MacEwan Griffins have earned a spot in the finals after defeating the Red Deer College King’s 2-1 in a lengthy best of three series last weekend. All three games were pushed into overtime with two of
them being decided in double overtime. The Griffins are the second seed in the ACAC after finishing the regular season with a 19-7-1-1 record. The Ooks won the regular season series taking 2-1-1 record against the Griffins. That being said, this is MacEwan’s third straight season in the ACAC Championship where they have defeated NAIT two straight years in the third and final game. “MacEwan has a deep roster and get contributions throughout their lineup, they also have had some big game players. They play with pace, structure and have exceptional goaltending. They’re a good team and have won two years in a row for a reason,” said Fragle.
This marks the eighth straight season that the NAIT Ooks have made it to the ACAC Championship. The third straight since head coach Tim Fragle and associate head coach Shawn Belle took over. “Eight years in a row is remarkable, I’m proud of how we can continually be in this situation year in and out. Especially after the 2015-16 season where we saw 18 student-athletes graduate. The credit goes
to the athletes and the hockey staff for their commitment to our program’s pursuit of excellence,” said Fragle.
Fri., March 22/19 7:00 PM GMU @ NAIT NAIT Arena
Sat., March 23/19 6:00 PM NAIT @ GMU Downtown Community Arena
Sun., March 24/19 If necessary 6:30 PM GMU @ NAIT NAIT Arena
Come out to support the men. The hockey is outstanding, the arena will be buzzing. Looking forward to seeing you there.