A glance of the Vikings Hockey roster will tell you where Coach Gusdal likes to recruit Student Athletes. Vikings Hockey has been fortunate to have recruited many of the best players in the SJHL to it’s Club over the past few years. For many of the Vikes, the annual double-header in Caronport, Saskatchewan versus the Briercrest College Clippers is quite a homecoming. The following is a weekend in the life of Yorkton, Saskatchewan native, former SJHL and WHL alumnus, son of a great Goalie Mom, fourth year BMgt Student Athlete, Joel Danyluk. Enjoy a roadtrip with the Vikes!
11:30am – Frantically packing for our road trip to Briercrest. Essentials are pillow, dress clothes, track pants, phone charger, toothbrush and paste, contact solution, homework (optional unless you are Coups).
12:30pm – Bus loads, everyone has typical seating arrangement.
1:00pm – Bus leaves, Tom is the driver with us this weekend, best in the league.
1:45pm – The annual crib tournament I am partnered with Dane.
2:05pm – First movie: Grandmas Boy.
4:45pm – Bourke and Foz first ones eliminated from crib tournament. Movie two: Semi-Pro.
6:30pm – Timmies stop for supper.
7:00pm – Biernes and Taylor are victorious as Crib Tournament Champions.
7:05pm – Third movie: Inception. (that could have been slightly louder)
10:00pm – Made it to the Pilgrim Inn at Caronport. Marty is my roommate for the trip.
8:30am – Wake up and continental breakfast.
10:15am – Pregame skate at the Barkman Arena. Every year we play a game at the end of the skate called “cookie boy” which is a glorified shootout. Everyone participates and the last player to score has to buy Subway cookies for everyone. The goalies can loose as well by letting in 4 goals in a row. This year Andy Williams was the victim.
11:00am – Nap time.
2:00pm – Pregame meal at the school cafeteria.
3:00pm – Nap time.
5:00pm – Depart for rink.
7:00pm – Game time. We knew that we were going to be in for a battle. This years Clippers team has been playing all teams close in the league. It was 2-0 after the first period in favor of the good guys. We got into some penalty trouble in the second period and headed into the third with a 3-2 lead. The Clippers came out strong in the third doubling their shots on goal from the first two periods throwing 16 shots on goal. The Vikings got some insurance goals late in the period and ended up with a 5-2 win. Final shots on goal were 37-31 for the Vikings. Matthew Foster was player of the game.
9:30pm – A tradition in Briercrest is to actually eat with the opposing team after the game. It’s nice to leave the game on the ice and enjoy a good meal and conversation with your competitors.
11:00pm – Bedtime after watching SportsCentre highlights and some storage wars.
9:00am – Continental breakfast. It is usually a gong show in the morning for breakfast. It is a small room and we have 30 players and coaches traveling with us. Of mention, the Lethbridge College Men’s & Women’s Volleyball teams were staying in our hotel and eating breakfast at the same time.
10:00am – Chess match against Student Trainer, Kyle Davis. I picked up the checkmate quickly.
11:30am – Pre-game meeting and depart for the rink. Honorable mention to my parents who took our dirty and wet underwear and washed them in the laundromat in Regina so it was clean for the game. (Thank you!)
12:30pm – Team sewer ball.
2:00pm – Game time. The Clippers took the momentum that they had gained from the previous night’s third period and applied it to the first period. Again penalty trouble cost the Vikings and the Clippers gained a 2-0 lead early. The score stayed this way until late in the second period. The Vikings may have achieved an ACAC league record, scoring an incredible 5 goals in about a five-minute stretch. We then cruised to a 7-2 win. Adam Johnson, (also my homework partner for Agricultural Economics) picked up his 100th career point.
4:00pm – Everyone crams into Subway to get a sub for the way home. An hour later we depart.
Highlights – For many players, including mysel,f this was an opportunity to see our families. I am graduating after this year so it was nice for my grandparents to see me play in both games. This might be their last opportunity after watching me play hockey for 20 years! I had a good attendance of family and friends at the rink. Special mention to my Mom for making some awesome brownies for the team for the way home, also a Happy Birthday to her as well!
11:30pm – Arrive home after a long bus ride filled with cards, movies and laughs. Happy bus and Happy Gilmour. We brought the snow back with us from Saskatchewan. Next up for the Vikings is a Wednesday & Thursday match against our rivals the Ooks. Cheer us on at home on Thursday, November 13 at 7:30 pm at EnCana Arena vs. the NAIT Ooks!