NAIT volleyball came just short of the Rustler sweep over the weekend. The Ooks took three out of four contests against Lakeland, the ladies with the loss on Saturday in four sets (including a 28-30 final set) after winning by the same set score the previous evening on the road. NAIT’s vball men lost just the first set of the weekend, winning the next six sets in convincing fashion. Friday POG’s were Joslyn Peters and Jordan Teliske, while Saturday POG’s were Megan Smith and Cole Burkart. The women are now 3-5, one win back of fourth place, while the men improve to 5-3 and move up into fourth themselves.
Next match-up for the v-ballers is the Keyano Huskies. Both Fort Mac teams sit second in the North with 6-2 records, making this an essential home stand. The women’s matches begin at 6 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday, with the men following 30 minutes after the conclusion of the women’s matches.
Women’s hockey splits with SAIT
The Ooks women’s hockey squad continued to struggle offensively in a weekend split with the SAIT Trojans. Friday night at NAIT, the Ooks defeated the Trojans off a 29 saves performance from goaltender Tehnille Guard. Veronika Kuzelova and Megan Goebel potted the NAIT goals.
The following evening, goals were nowhere in sight for the blue-and-gold, being unable to score on 22 shots before allowing an empty net goal in a 2-0 loss. Shelby Audet was in-between the popes for the loss, making 31 saves.
The women sit last in the league with a 3-6-1 record, but are only a point out of third place. NAIT has a bye week to rest and train before a clash with the Olds College Broncos Nov. 26 in Olds and Nov. 28 here at NAIT.
Men’s hockey steamrolls Concordia
Coach Mike Gabinet’s squad continues to torch the ACAC, evidenced by their home-and-home series with the Concordia Thunder. Friday night at Clareview Arena, the Ooks scored four goals in the opening 12 minutes, leading to a 9-2 victory. Back at NAIT the following evening, the home team was held to a 3-3 tie going into the third before exploding for six more goals in a 9-4 win.
Scott Fellnermayr, Charles Wells, John Dunbar, Jordan Wood, Trace Elson and Dante Borelli all had multi-goal weekends. Kyle Birch and Kenny Cameron each made 26 saves in their respective victories. The Ooks roster dominates league statistics, with Dunbar, Elson, Fellnermayr, Kevin Carthy and Tyler French one, two, three, four and five in scoring (Dunbar’s leagueleading point total is at 24). Cameron and Birch sit first and third in wins.
Next for the men’s hockey squad is a road trip in Caronport, Saskatchewan, to take on the Briercrest Clippers. You can watch the live feeds online through SportsCanada.TV.