Posted on September 5, 2012 by Jadene Mah

The University of Alberta Golden Bears were in town to take on the 2012 ACAC Championship Augustana Vikings in a friendly exhibition match at Encana Arena.

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2012 ACAC Hockey Champions

The University of Alberta Golden Bears were in town last night to take on the 2012 ACAC Championship Augustana Vikings in a friendly exhibition match at Encana Arena.

The Vikings Nation came out in droves with nearly 600 fans packing the Encana Arena to show their support for the strong Men’s Hockey program that is being developed under coach Blaine Gusdal. Coming off their first championship in over 35 years, the hockey program looks to be the strongest it has ever been in the college’s history. The recent memory of the championship was engrained in fans minds as they showed their school spirit and Vikings pride by forming a sea of red at the Encana Arena last night.

“It was great to see the turnout of students and fans, Vikings Nation was alive and well and they were amazing last night! It was nice to see the playoff atmosphere from last spring carry over into the first game this season. We are really excited for the upcoming league season as we strive to repeat as the ACAC Champions in 2013,” said Coach Gusdal after the game last night.

Barron Smith opened the scoring for the Golden Bears at 14:38, and was quickly followed by Alberta’s Rhett Rachinski less than two minutes later. The Vikings answered back 70 seconds later to bring the game within one, from a goal from Viking Scott Aucoin.

The second period saw the Vikings take control for the first half of the period and keep it a close game, but the Golden Bears fought back hard in the last half of the period and come back with two big goals  once again less than two minutes apart coming from Alex Rodgers and Ben Lindemulder.

The third period saw the Golden Bears find another two goals from James Debrowolski, and Levko Koper, to finish the game with a 6-1 victory over the hometown Augustana Vikings.

The Bears and Vikings will meet up again on Thursday night at Clare Drake Arena in Edmonton for a rematch at 7:30pm.


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