EDMONTON – Reigning CIS male athlete of the week TJ Foster scored the game winning goal, his second in as many games, leading the nation's number one ranked team, the University of Alberta Golden Bears, to a 2-1 overtime victory over the Regina Cougars, Friday night at Clare Drake Arena.
Foster, who hails from Slave Lake, Alberta, and previously played for the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League, swooped down the wing, following a Cougars' turnover in neutral zone ice, and received a perfect cross-ice feed from Jordan Hickmott, before beating Regina goalie Mitch Kilgore at 4:08 of the first overtime period to send Alberta to its fifth straight win.
The Golden Bears, defending Canada West and CIS champions, now own a record of 18-3-0, while Foster now has eight points in his last four games, including four goals. The sophomore forward is now tied with Hickmott for the lead in points in Canada West, both with 33, which also positions them in second place in the country. Foster, however, leads the Bears in game winning goals, with four, which ties him for the lead in Canada West.
Fifth-year forward Johnny Lazo also scored for Alberta, while fifth-year goalie Kurtis Mucha made 17 saves for his conference leading 12th win.
Troy Hunter, a fourth-year forward for the Cougars, scored Regina's only goal. Goalie Mitch Kilgore, who earned second star status and a round of applause from the crowd at Clare Drake Arena for his efforts, shone for the visitors on this night, as the third-year netminder, originally from Outlook, Saskatchewan, and previously a member of the Weyburn Red Wings, was flat out brilliant against Alberta.
Kilgore made 42 stops in the loss, but single-handily kept his team in the game, especially in the third period. Regina outshot Alberta 4-1 to start the final regulation period, but after that, the Golden Bears peppered Kilgore and the Cougars to the tune of 16-0 over the final 15 minutes of the third, but Kilgore turned away each and every shot.
After a scoreless opening 20 minutes, which was an even affair between the two teams, Regina struck first when Henry swatted a loose puck past Mucha during a scramble at 4:51 of the second period.
Lazo, on the PP, evened the score in the same period when he ripped a bullet past Kilgore, with Foster and Mucha earning the assists.Alberta outshot Regina 12-5 in the middle frame, and then 17-4 in the third period, but needed OT to eventually solve Kilgore again.
The two teams will clash again on Saturday night at Clare Drake Arena, this time with a puck drop of 6:00 p.m. MST.