Dinos win a double-overtime thriller before 10,478 fans in Crowchild Classic

The University of Calgary Dinos men’s hockey team won an action-packed Crowchild Classic against the Mount Royal Cougars by 6-5 in double overtime at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The game lived up to its name as 10,478 fans rocked the Saddledome on Jan. 25.

“It was deafening,” said Jamie King, the Mount Royal Cougars captain.

The first goal of the game came in the first period, when #16 Matt Alfaro of the Dinos tipped a shot out front past Mount Royal goaltender, Cam Lanigan.

“It was good. I haven’t scored in a couple games here so it was good to get the monkey off my back,” said Alfaro.

Both teams then traded goals until the second overtime, when Cain Franson scored on a breakaway to win the game for the Dinos.

“Not going to lie, it felt really good. It’s been a couple games since I’ve scored,” said Cain Franson.

“I just remember picking up the puck at our red line, heading towards our end and (Chrs) Collins tripped and fell at our blue line.

“I just saw that he was getting back up and I just went with my instincts and gave the puck back to him. I took off on the far side and I knew I had a step on our guy so I was hollering for it and he made a heck of a pass,” said Franson.

Even though it was a tough loss for the Cougars, they weren’t hanging their heads.

“It’s tough to have a third time in a row double-overtime loss, but I mean we can’t beat ourselves up about it too much. We just need to get ourselves ready for the game tomorrow,” said King, after scoring two of the five goals for the Cougars.

The Dinos won the second of the back-to-back Classic games, by a 4-2 score.

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As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Ian Gustafson worked as a reporter for The Press during the 2017-18 academic year.