10/18/2011…Camrose, Alberta – With the recent 15-0 victory on home ice for the Agustana Vikings over the visiting Portage Voyageurs a new scoring record of sorts was broken, according to the Augustana’s information and event coordinator Alicia Hurley.
Sure there have been plenty of lopsided high scoring games in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference men’s hockey competition history. Back in 2002-2003 the SAIT Trojans and Mount Royal Cougars defeated the Briercrest Clippers by 18-2 and 16-1 scores respectively.
The simple fact is that you lose some and you win some.
What was the record this time?
“We were looking at the (ACAC) archives and there have been a few games in which one team had scored seven power play goals, including one in 1986-87 when we were the Camrose Lutheran College Vikings plus the SAIT Trojans have done it a few times but no one has ever scored eight power play goals as we did against Portage (Oct. 7, 2011).”
The Vikings are accustomed to double digit games as alone last year they showcased their offence with 13-2 and 12-4 victories over Concordia Thunder and Brirercest Clippers respectively.
“It was just one of those nights,” said Vikings head coach Blaine Gusdal. “Everything just fell into place. We used 19 guys and did nothing spectacular or special.
“The guys were upbeat for the home opener and it was just one of those nights where the bounces went our way.
“We were 5-0 at the end of the first, getting off to a real good jump and we built on that momentum and what was good was that we didn’t see any bad habits creeping in as we stayed focused and on the game plan.
“All four lines were scoring we had production from our rookies and the defenceman were scoring.”
A total of 10 different Vikings scored with third-year centre Daniel Hope getting the hat trick.
Gusdal was a bit taken aback when informed that the Vikings had gone 8-for-12 on the power play: “We work a lot on our specialty teams and we know we have a good power play as well as our penalty killing.”
Ironically, Gusdal had played on the Vikings 1986-1987 team that recorded seven power play goals in a single game.
Asked if the 15-0 final was “running up the score,” Gusdal replied. “That is always a rough one to answer as you see it at all levels, be it Junior A, college or senior. We were just rolling and we gave 19 guys equal time. You just can’t play back and dump the puck in for if you take your foot off the pedal and the guys get complacent, that is where they can get hurt. You just have to stick to your game plan.”
The following evening at Portage’s home ice Bold Centre in Lac la Biche, the Vikings prevailed 6-2.
“Portage is a well-coached team and we knew they would bounce back. There was a lot of hard work in the trenches and along the walls that night.”