Posted on October 22, 2014 by Jadene Mah

The Vikings jumped back in the win column with an 8-1 win and 6-3 win respectively over the past weekend. The Vikes were on an unfortunate four game slide heading into the weekend so it was a big four points in the standings and for the Vikes confidence. The Vikings led for every minute this …

UofA Augustana VikingsThe Vikings jumped back in the win column with an 8-1 win and 6-3 win respectively over the past weekend. The Vikes were on an unfortunate four game slide heading into the weekend so it was a big four points in the standings and for the Vikes confidence. The Vikings led for every minute this weekend which showed the value in scoring the first goal. The Vikings are 9-0 this year when scoring first and 0-4 when scored on first.

On Friday night, the Vikings dominated from the drop of the puck out shooting the opposition 50-15. The Voyageurs were well rested coming off a bye weekend, however, the Vikings were anxious and proved that they wanted it more. “This game was the annual Breast Cancer Awareness Game so everyone played a little bit harder because we all know someone who has been affected by Cancer,” affirmed Goaltender, Joel Danyluk. On Saturday night in Lac La Biche the Vikings capitalized again early and often. The Vikings were on the positive side of the penalty situation which will be key heading into the rest of the year. There is much more parody in the league compared to previous years so it is so important to take fewer penalties then the opposition.

New recruit Alex Rodgers from the North Campus’ University of Alberta Golden Bears stood out from everyone else this weekend. He won Players of the Game both nights. Adam Johnson proved that he should maybe look at being a dual athlete and join the soccer team because he won both team “sewer ball” matches on the weekend before the game. Says the fourth year Goaltender, Danyluk, “It is important not to get too overly confident because it is two wins that were expected and our record is a mere 4-3-0-1.”

Up next for the Vikings is a bye weekend. This is crucial for the team to have a four day weekend to recover from sickness, injuries, and midterms. The Vikings carry 28 players eligible to dress every game, however, too many times this year the Vikes have failed to dress the maximum 20 players. Most of the Team are planning on heading home to during the fall break, as many were unable to spend times with their families for Thanksgiving. The Vikings will return from the fall break refreshed and ready for a full week of practice in preparation for the Concordia Thunder on the road on October 31st and at home at Encana Arena on November 1st.

with files from Joel Danyluk, Vikings Hockey


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