Vikings Hockey skated to a disappointing pair of ties this past weekend. The weekend was full of family, friends, and alumni and it was great seeing all of the support. The weekend’s outcome was disappointing for the Vikings in the league standings – putting up two ties. (The Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference is one of the few leagues that still has not implemented the shootout to the game.)
On Friday night the Vikings were aware that they needed to play disciplined hockey because the Huskies were the most penalized team in the league. The game started on the wrong note – as the Vikes were short-handed for the first four minutes of the game. The Huskies picking up the first goal of the game on a backdoor 3-on-2 rush. The Vikings woke up a little and tied the game up at 1 leading in the shot clock with a 16-8 total halfway through the game. The Huskies responded on a seeing eye shot from the point to finish the period. Similar to the first the Vikings started off having to kill a full 2 minute 5-on-3. This seemed to spark the Vikings a little with Adam Johnson tying the game late in the 3rd with a shot along the ice. I wish that more shots were taken on the Huskies goal because the team only managed 24 shots through 3 periods and the overtime. The game ended 2-2 which was disappointing because Coach Gusdal said before the game “a guaranteed win if we give up less than 2 goals.”
The Vikings on Saturday night came out strong in the opening 40 minutes of play building a 3-0 lead. The scored stayed like this until 5 minutes left in the 3rd period. It was looking like goaltender Andy Williams was going to pick up the shutout in net, however, after an unfortunate bounce the Huskies beat him. This lucky bounce seemed to suck the life right out of the Vikings. The unthinkable then happened with the Huskies scoring 2 goals in the final minute of the game to tie the game at 3-3. Everyone in the building was shocked by this because the Vikings had controlled the majority of the game. It just goes to show you that the team has to put in a full 60 minutes to get the win.
A special thanks goes out to all of the parents who made the drive to Camrose. The majority of the parents had travelled over 3+ hours with some even travelling up to 10 hours. The family weekend was made possible by Dane Bonish’s Dad, Kevin, who kindly hosted all of the parent events.
A final thank-you goes out to our Assistant Coach Tyler Bellamy whose work off the ice with the alumni events did not go unnoticed. Tyler single-handedly helped to raise thousands of dollars and is a big part of the reason why the hockey team can be successful in its financials. The fundraising needed by student athletes is why we are able to participate in organized sport while getting a university degree. Thank you, Tyler, from the entire team, parents, and fans for everything that you did this past weekend. “Once a Viking, always a Viking.”
By Joel Danyluk, Vikings Hockey