This weekend the Vikes faced the pesky Concordia Thunder and were able to skate away with four points. Vikings Hockey outmatched Concordia with skill and knew going into the weekend that if they were able to outwork their opponents, they would be just fine. On Friday night the Vikings headed into North Edmonton to play in the dreaded Glen Garry Arena. Being accustomed to the great EnCana Arena at home, Glen Garry is quite an adjustment for the Vikings! Once a state of the art facility back in 1971 when it was brand new, the Glen Garry Arena seems more like now the equivalent of playing a hockey game in an enlarged shoebox. The Vikes out-battled their opponents all over the ice and were able to come away with a 4-1 win. Contrary to the scoreboard, the game was very tight; the Vikings scored two empty netters with under a minute left to play. Adam DiBella had an outstanding game, picking up his first point in the first period with a beautiful centering pass to Mathew Foster. In the third period, DiBella wired home his first goal with a rocket of a shot from the red line. Despite it being an empty netter he still had to outsmart a Thunder defenseman as he slid the puck five hole on the defender. A perfectly placed shot. The game couldn’t have been better scripted for DiBella. “What he lacks in teeth he makes up for with a heart of a champion,” said his teammates. He earned player of the game.
The game on Saturday night at the EnCana Arena was a great display of the Vikings talent. The final score was 9-1 with many offensive contributors. Leading the way was Devon Hobbs, the interim Captain tucked home 3 goals for the hat trick. Unfortunately there were no hats thrown on the ice. He earned player of the game. Dane Bonish scored a breakaway goal late in the third period. Despite it being the 9th goal of the game, and much to the delight of the young Novice Vikings special guests watching the game on Saturday, Bonish celebrated like he had just scored the overtime winner in the Stanley Cup final. The University Vikings were pleased to host the Novice Vikings after the game for a tour of their Team Room and autographs. It was a solid weekend of hockey for the Vikings.
By Preston Eshenko, Vikings Hockey