Posted on March 24, 2012 by Jadene Mah

“Thank you Vikings Nation! After 37 years, we are once again on top!” – Hockey Coach Blaine Gusdal

For the first time since 1975, the Vikings won the ACAC Hockey Championship in an intense double overtime game!

After a closely-matched series versus the NAIT Ooks, the Vikings came into this evening’s game still up 2-1 in the series, and were determined to get it done on the road after last night’s overtime loss.

Assistant captain Dan Hope opened up the scoring only minutes into the first period and would go unanswered until the second. The Ooks scored on a power play to tie up the game.

The Vikings answered back almost immediately when Captain Torrie Dyck was able to get past the tough goaltending of Shannon Szabados. NAIT scored early in the third, tieing up the game at 2-2.

For the second night in a row, these two skilled teams headed into overtime.

For ten tense minutes both sides traded shots on net, showing exceptional defensive play and goaltending. Vikings goaltender Joel Danyluk made two very big saves, keeping his team in the game and forcing a second overtime. The teams headed to the locker room through the cheers of a big crowd of Vikings Nation who came out to NAIT to show their support for the boys.

With Vikings Nation on their feet or on the edge of their seats, the team headed into a second overtime. After 9 shots on net, Dean Prpick was able to sink one and claim victory for the Vikings. The team erupted onto the ice to the deafening cheers of fans and family!

Goaltender Joel Danyluk was awarded player of the game after his exceptional play – not only in this final game but throughout the playoffs. Captain Torrie Dyck and the team’s assistant captains – Daniel Hope, Ryan Cornforth, and Richard Dupre – were the first to raise the ACAC Championship cup.

“I cannot begin to explain how incredibly proud I am of this group right now,” said coach Blaine Gusdal. “Right from the coaching staff to our training staff and every single player – everyone went above and beyond for an entire season, preparing for a moment like this.” He laughed out loud. “To see the boys celebrating as Champions and especially as Vikings Champions is something I will never forget! It’s a very special feeling for me and I am so thankful for the opportunity to be here and so thankful for all our loyal supporters. Thank you Vikings Nation! After 37 years, we are once again on top!”



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7 responses to Vikings ACAC Champions!

  • Kirk Ziefflie said:
    Mar 27, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    The Vikings Alumni are proud of these guys! Nice to see the Vikings as Champions!

  • David Aaron said:
    Mar 26, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    I got a beautiful photograph of the winning goal as the puck is going into the net in overtime. If anyone is interested in getting a pic please contact me at cdaaron@interbaun.com

    Congratulations!

    • Tom Gould said:
      Mar 27, 2012 at 11:36 AM

      David: Having been on hand on March 23, 1975 – 37 years before to the day – to see Harley Johnson score the winner in a 6-2 win over Ontario’s St. Clair College Saints in Sydney, N.S. when the Vikings were last crowned champions, I’d hoped to see the winning goal last Thursday night in Camrose, so my son Mikey and I drove up to see the game. Unfortunately, they didn’t get it done that night, and we couldn’t stay to see the final game in Edmonton. I’d love to see the winning goal!

      Tom Gould #5

  • Rob Hauser said:
    Mar 25, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    Well done! Congradulations to the great coaching staff and committed players!
    Very entertaining hockey!

  • Rootin', Tootin', Shootin' Mule Ridin' Russ Shandro said:
    Mar 24, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Congratulations to the Vikings, and the coaching staff. Your desire and work ethic to succeed, has been accomplished. The support staff who kept the Vikings going…..Thank You.

    The venue coordinators performed admirably with the promotions and entertainment.

    Viking Nation – Thank You – for boosting the Team ! I look forward to the momentum being carried into next season.

  • Marty Palechuk said:
    Mar 24, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Great job boys!!!!
    Nothing less then spectacular suspense filled win
    To win in Vkiking fashion
    Always great to see Viking Champions !!!!!!

    Enjoy the moment!

  • RODGER FORTH said:
    Mar 24, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    GREAT TO SEE U WIN AGAIN. REMEMBER THE EARLY VIKING CUP DAYS