In men’s hockey at the Centrium, Team Alberta faced off against British Columbia in the last game of the round robin tournament. With a playoff berth already secured, Alberta needed a win to secure an easier path to the medal matches.

British Columbia opened the score in the 6th minute of the first period and added a second goal on the powerplay with just over three minutes left in the opening period, taking a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.

In the fifth minute of the second period, BC increased their lead to three goals taking advantage of a 2-man advantage. Alberta opened the score thanks to a goal from Craig Armstrong. Alberta narrowed the lead to just a single goal courtesy of a goal by Colton Dach with just over four minutes left in the second period.

It took no time in the third period for BC to regain their two goals lead, scoring in the first minute of play to bring the score at 4-2. Alberta continued to fight for the win and narrowed the gap to one goal with just over eight minutes left in the game, courtesy of Marc Lajoie.

Alberta benefited from two consecutive powerplays in the last five minutes of the third period and managed to squeeze on in the back of the next with just over three minutes with Zach Ostapchuk netting the equalizer. Alberta 19 scored with 27 seconds left in the games to secure the win for Alberta. Sean Tschigerl netted the game-winning goal for the host province to the delight of the large crowd.

Team Alberta ended the round-robin tournament with a 2-1 record, in first place of the pool standings. The top seed of the pool will play in the quarterfinals at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Centrium.