EDMONTON – The 2018 ACAC MVP rose to the occasion in a big way for the Griffins during a tough semifinal against Red Deer College, scoring three goals in a 2-1 MacEwan series victory.
In Game 1, the Griffins got off to a slow start and were trailing 3-0 in the first period. Njaa was a big reason why MacEwan came back to win 4-3 in double overtime, scoring the team’s second and third goals of the contest.
He channeled his inner Bobby Orr for the game-tying tally with 41 seconds left, cutting around a defender and deking wide on goalie Troy Trombley, scoring while flying through the air.
Njaa would score another important goal in Game 3 of the series that again sapped the Kings’ momentum. With MacEwan trailing 1-0 early in the first period, he chopped a rebound with one hand over Trombley’s pad to tie it up and give the Griffins the momentum they would need as they eventually won 3-2 in OT to win the series.
Njaa and the Griffins open the best-of-three ACAC men's hockey final against the NAIT Ooks on Friday (7 p.m., NAIT Arena).