EDMONTON – In a thoroughly dominant performance, the U SPORTS No. 1 ranked Alberta Golden Bears cruised to a seventh-straight win with a 9-0 shutout over the Regina Cougars, Saturday night at Clare Drake Arena.
Eight different Bears scored on Saturday, led by a pair of goals from Steven Owre. 16 Bears also recorded at least one point, while rookie starter Matt Berlin stopped all 19 shots he faced to earn his second career shutout.
Noah Philp, Chad Butcher, Curtis Miske, Ben Carroll, Tyson Baillie, Lucas Nickles, and Grayson Pawlenchuk also found the scoresheet for the Bears, who completed the weekend sweep of Regina after a 4-2 win the previous night.
Their seven-straight wins puts Alberta firmly atop the conference standings with a 11-1-0 record, while Regina falls to 2-9-1.
Alberta scored four in the first period after outshooting Regina 24-6, taking firm control of the game early. Philp scored his fourth off the season off a rebound just two minutes in, before Owre scored back-to-back goals midway through the frame.
Despite making 20 saves in the first, Cougars starter Dawson MacAuley was hung out to dry far too often, which was highlighted on Butcher’s tally into an empty net late in the first.
The Bears added another four goals in the second, the first of which chased MacAuley from the Cougars net. His replacement, Curtis Meger, didn’t fair much better, as he allowed three Alberta goals on 13 shots in the second.
Miske opened the scoring early in the second, before Carroll, Baillie and Nickles added to Alberta’s lead before the end of the period.
Leading 8-0 after two, Alberta played a very conservative third period, which Pawlenchuk’s 10th of the season stand as the only goal.
Following the sweep, the Golden Bears will look to add to it next weekend, when they visit the 5-6-1 Manitoba Bisons.
Regina will return home for a tough series scheduled against the 7-3-2 Saskatchewan Huskies.