The Vikes could take many positives out of the past week’s mid-week split with the NAIT Ooks. On Wednesday evening they took to one of the most unique arenas in Alberta, with high hopes that were very quickly dashed by a strong NAIT team. NAIT skated very well and having played three “weaker” teams the previous weeks, the Vikes were not ready for the fast, strong style of play that the Ooks brought to the table. Very little went right for the Vikings on Friday and they were downed 6-3. Brad “The Fat Baby” Bourke was a shining star in the game with 1 goal and 2 assists on the evening.
The Vikes were better prepared for their game on Thursday evening at home, and after going down 2-0 they were able to rally back and take the game 5-2. It was a spirited tilt that was full of emotion in front of a packed house at the Encana Arena. Joel Danyluk had an outstanding game and was named the game star. (Writer’s note: His skills in the net far exceed his soccer ball handing skills. Luckily, he makes up for lack of soccer skills with outstanding culinary talent and an impressive physique.)
The Vikes learned that when they play the way they are capable of playing, they cannot only compete with any team in the league – they can beat any team in the league. Augustana is back in action this Friday, November 21 and Saturday, November 22 at the Encana Arena for Alumni-Family Weekend vs. Keyano College. Bring a toque, mitts or scarf to throw on the ice after the second period at Friday’s 7:30 pm game! It’s the annual Toque Toss – and all items will be donated to the Camrose Emergency Clothing and Furniture Depot and Augustana’s Reciprocity Shelf.
By Preston Eshenko, Vikings Hockey