Posted on March 15, 2011 by Jadene Mah

This past weekend the Augustana Vikings hockey playoff hopes were brought to an end after a tough loss in overtime to the Mount Royal Cougars in Game four of the series.

This past weekend the Augustana Vikings hockey playoff hopes were brought to an end after a tough loss in overtime to the Mount Royal Cougars in Game four of the series. Going into Saturday night’s game the Vikings were down 2-1 in the series and knew that they were in a must-win situation. “It was a very tough loss against Mount Royal. We truly believed we were going to push this series to a game 5 in Calgary and win our way into the ACAC final, but you have to give the Cougars a lot of credit for their effort in the third period when they tied the game and then won it in overtime” said Vikings Head Coach Blaine Gusdal on Monday.  
The Vikings only goal in the game came midway through the first period thanks to a power-play goal by Daniel Hope, assisted by Torrie Dyck. The Vikings lineup was backed up in net by a strong performance from goaltender Paul Kolida who made 42 saves in the game. “Paul Kolida had a tremendous game in goal and he gave us every opportunity to win, but, in the end, Mount Royal was full marks for the series victory” said Gusdal.

The Vikings showed heart through both rounds of ACAC playoffs which made for some very exciting hockey and as Coach Blain Gusdal said “The two home games against the Cougars and the previous one in the Portage series were three very exciting play-off games. I know the players did everything possible to win in front of their fans and these three play-off home games were incredibly entertaining.” Over the course of the series the playoff fever defiantly took hold on Campus and it was evident in the Encana Arena where a record number of fans came out to watch.

With the season now at an end Head Coach Blaine Gusdal has this to say about his team…

“Over-all, it was a positive season and we certainly took another step forward with the direction of our program.  We’ve moved up into the top 3 in the ACAC and finished with the Bronze medal, so we’ll have to continue to build on that with our recruiting. We made some solid improvements as a team and quite a few of the players had incredible years; Torrie Dyck and Scott Aucoin were    1 – 2 in the ACAC scoring race and along with their centerman, Dan Hope (4th in league scoring), they were easily the most exciting line to watch in ACAC Men’s Hockey. All three, along with rookie defenseman, Brad Bourke, were ACAC All-Conference selections, so we’re being recognized for our talent and progress. The focus now will be to have a productive spring recruiting, work extra hard over the summer, and return looking to take that next big step when we get back to work starting September.”
The Vikings Men’s Hockey program will surely be a force to be reckoned with in the ACAC and a team to watch throughout next year’s 2011-2012 season.

By A Hurley


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