My oh my, O'Malley!

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 1:28 PM ET

Home ice advantage in the first playoff round is just a shot away for the U of C Dinos thanks to a couple of former Calgary Hitmen.

Brett O'Malley tallied 1:10 into overtime last night, lifting the Dinos to a 4-3 win over the UBC Thunderbirds at Father David Bauer Arena, a triumph that puts Calgary five points up on the T-Birds with three games left on the season.

Tyrel Lucas, another Hitmen graduate, also scored for the Dinos (12-11-2), who won their fifth straight despite playing anything but their best hockey.

"I think it's about time we got some bounces but on the other side of the coin, we've got to play better than that," said Dinos bench boss Scott Atkinson, who was unimpressed with the way his defencemen moved the puck all night.

"I thought they played more desperate than us, plain and simple. They want a home playoff date and so do we but we came in with a three point cushion and we played like we had a cushion."

So now all the Dinos have to do is beat the Thunderbirds tonight (Father David Bauer, 7 p.m.), and they'll host UBC (10-14-1) in the first round of the Canada West playoffs, which start in two weeks. Last night's contest was a great chance for Calgary to send a message but that just didn't happen.

"The way we played gives them more confidence that they can play with us and keep up," noted O'Malley, who now has nine goals on the season.

"It's going to give them confidence more than we got confidence from the game but I think we need to come out hard tomorrow."

Alex Lalonde and Trevor Galan also scored for the Dinos, who were outshot 35-23, including 18-4 in the third period.

Darrell May and Steve Bunney, with a pair, got the UBC goals.

Scott Talbot, the Dinos goalie and reigning Canada West player of the week was outstanding between the pipes.

"They definitely could have taken the win from us but we got a heck of a game from Talbot tonight," said O'Malley, who beat former Hitmen netminder Gerry Festa with a wrist shot from the right circle for the OT winner.


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