Posted on November 17, 2010 by Jadene Mah

With the Vikings Men’s Hockey team closing in on the half way mark of their season they can boast an undefeated record on the road and an overall record of 5 wins, 2 losses, 1 overtime loss, and 3 ties.

   

        With the Vikings Men’s Hockey team closing in on the half way mark of their season they can boast an undefeated record on the road and an overall record of 5 wins, 2 losses, 1 overtime loss, and 3 ties. In the past two weeks the Vikings have gone up against two of the ACAC’s top teams, the SAIT Trojans and the Mount Royal Cougars (1st and 2nd in league standings) and have shown that they are able to compete and come out on the winning side.
       

        On Friday the Vikings squared off against Mount Royal at home where the Cougars won 6-3. The Vikings would rebound however and win a decisive 3-1 victory down in Calgary on Saturday night. It was the first time in recent history that the Vikings have beat the Cougars on their own turf, and it was a very gratifying win. Head Coach Blaine Gusdal stated "It was a very satisfying win Saturday night at Mount Royal. We haven’t had any success there the past couple of years and we really needed to rebound from our poor effort at home the previous night. Saturday’s victory was about as well as I’ve seen our team play this year and it was an effort where we had 60 minutes of focus and attention to detail. The entire line-up, from goaltender David Ritz right on out, brought their ‘A-games’ and certainly deserved to be rewarded with the very important 2 points in the standings. It proved to the guys how they’re capable of playing and, as coaches, how we want them to play."

        The Vikings are currently sitting in third in the ACAC standings but they are also very high in the standings when it comes to league scoring and goal tending. Captain Torrie Dyck is currently in first with 8 goals, 20 assists, followed closely by line mates Scott Aucoin in second with 13 goals, 12 assists, and assistant captain Daniel Hope now in 5th with 10 goals and 10 assists. The Vikings are also being well represent in goal with David Ritz currently sitting in 4th in goal tending standings with a goals against average of 2.16 and a save percentage of 0.916. Augustana goaltenders Colin Stebner and Paul Kolida are 6th and 8th respectively in the standings.

        With this weekend’s double header against the Briercrest Clippers marking the mid way point in the regular season the Vikings Men`s Hockey team is making a name for itself in the ACAC one game at a time.
Game times are Friday 7:30 and Saturday 2:00 at the Encana Arena.

By Alicia Hurley


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