The University of Alberta – Augustana Vikings were looking to evaluate this year’s hockey squad and there was no team better to do that against, than the University of Alberta Golden Bears who are the defending CIS Men’s National Hockey Champions.
From the first shift the Bears swarmed the Vikings net, but goaltender Andy Williams made a number of great saves to weather the storm. The Vikings defence were able to clear away any rebounds which helped keep the game scoreless. The Vikings would open the scoring late in the first on a goal from 2nd year Viking, Konrad Litk,e and despite being outshot 14-5 took that 1-0 lead into the second period.
Goals from Jeff Lorenz and Konrad Litke (with his second goal) gave the Vikes a 3-0 lead with both goals scored in a span of just 31 seconds. Williams continued his dazzling play and was particularly sharp during a four-minute Golden Bears power play. Williams was replaced half way through the second period by 4th year Goalie Joel Danyuk, having made 30 saves.
The third period saw the Bears continue their relentless attack, but couldn’t score as Danyluk continued to hold the fort. The Vikings salted the game away with Jeff Lorenz scoring his second goal, former Golden Bear, Alex Rodgers, adding one short-handed, and Devon Hobbs on the power play made it a 6-0 final. Shots on goal favoured the Golden Bears 47-17.
Overall, the Bears gave the Vikings a tough challenge, but outstanding goaltending and timely scoring proved to be all the difference. First year players Connor McLaughlin, Beau Taylor and Scott Swiston were impressive in their inaugural game with the Vikes and will be exciting to watch in the upcoming regular season.
Games stars were:
1st star: Konrad Litke
2nd star: Jeff Lorenz
3rd star: Andy Williams
See more Vikings pre-season action at the Wetaskiwin Civic Centre on September 12 at 7:00 vs. the Concordia Thunder. The Vikings Hockey regular season opens at home on September 27 vs. the Red Deer College Kings at Encana Arena.