Friday, March 26, 2010

Former Viper Ullrich Help's SAIT Add To Championship Mantle In ACAC:

BCHL graduates help SAIT add to championship mantle in ACAC

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - Submitted by BCHL Media

A group of seven BCHL graduates helped the South Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) Men’s Hockey team win its fourth straight Alberta Collegiate Athletics Conference championship over the weekend.

Former Vernon Vipers forward Mike Ullrich, suiting up in possibly his final game for the Trojans, played a key part in the Trojans' 4-1 victory in Sunday's Game 5 championship-clinching win.

The team's leading scorer (with 17 goals and 53 points during the 28-game regular season) opened the scoring in the first period of the deciding game to give his team a 1-0 lead. Ullrich was big factor in the finals against Concordia University College and throughout the postseason, recording five goals and nine points in eight playoff games.

Tommy Tartaglione, the one-time Surrey Eagles goaltender, played a stellar game with 24 saves in the series-clinching victory. The Harbor City, California native established himself as the team’s top netminder with steady progress through the regular season and a dominant playoff run. He finished as the ACAC’s top goalie in the postseason, posting the best goals-against average (2.23) and save percentage (.921) amongst ACAC netminders.

Westside Warriors teammates, forwards Garret Watson (24 points) and Brady Mason (six points) as well as defenseman Brad Plumton (12 points), were also part of the championship-winning squad. Surrey Eagles forward Brennan Strang and Langley Chiefs defenseman Jessie Tresierra also joined a deep contingent of BCHL graduates on the team.

The Trojans finished the 2009/10 regular season with a conference-best 23-3-2 record and became only the second team in ACAC history to win four consecutive championships.

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