OLDS – Raven Beazer had two goals and an assist to lead the MacEwan Griffins to a 6-2 victory over the Olds College Broncos on Thursday night.
While victory is a nice way to kick off a block of three games in as many nights on MacEwan's final weekend of the regular season, that wasn't the only good fortune of the evening.
Needing help to have a chance at the No. 1 seed heading into the playoffs, the Griffins got some when the NAIT Ooks lost 2-1 to the Red Deer College Queens. As a result, they trail the Ooks by just two points for top spot and have a game in hand.
To pass the Ooks for top spot, though, would require the Griffins winning their final two games (at SAIT on Friday, 7 p.m., and vs. SAIT on Saturday, 6 p.m., Downtown Community Arena) and having RDC beat NAIT on Saturday in Edmonton.
The difference between the first and second seeds is dramatic as it either means a playoff match against No. 4 Olds (6-17-1-0), if you finish first, or No. 3 RDC (13-5-5) if you're second.
Thursday's game at Olds – a makeup date from a week earlier when inclement weather forced a postponement – was a rout in favour of the Griffins, who outshot the Broncos 45-11.
Beazer had the winning goal at 17:41 of the second period, her first of two-straight on the night.
Carley Jewell continued her torrid pace of late with a goal and an assist to run her streak to six points in her past three games.
Sandy Heim picked up the win with nine saves. Catalina Hartland stopped 39 for the Broncos, who got a pair of goals from Jordan Pettman in the defeat.