Vikes Offense Heats Up in Weekend Series Against Selkirk College

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Story by UVic Vikes / Photographs by Glenn Ivens – ISN

November 25, 2013 Victoria, BC – The University of Victoria Men’s Hockey Club went into this past weekend with the daunting task of trying to steal four points from the top team in the BCIHL – Selkirk College – in a two game weekend series in Victoria.

From the drop of the puck on Friday night it was evident that the Vikes squad was sick of being taken for granted as the league’s last place team. After heading into the dressing room down 1-0 after the first period, UVic finally found it’s scoring touch. In just two minutes and twenty-one seconds the Vikes managed to turn the game around with three goals, the first coming from Evan Warner and the next two on the power play from Brad Robinson. However, the action was just heating up as Selkirk would cut the lead to one with 37 seconds remaining in the period, setting the stage for a wildly entertaining final frame.

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Shawn Mueller gets off a shot during this weekends two game set between the UVic Vikes and Selkirk College Saints at UVic’s Ian Stewart Complex. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)

After the Selkirk Saints scored two goals in the first half of the third period to make it 4-3 it looked as if UVic had the wind taken out of its sails but instead the fans in Victoria were in for a treat. On a late powerplay and with just 1:05 left in the game Brad Robinson would rip his third goal of the game past the Selkirk goalie sending hats onto the ice. But Robinson wasn’t done his heroics just yet. Still on the power play and with just 7 seconds remaining in the game, Robinson slammed home a loose puck in the slot and sent fans into a frenzy.

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UVic’s Jared Hidber dumps the puck into the corner to avoid the check of Selkirk College’s Cody Fidgett. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)

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Brandon Pahmar contols the puck for the UVic Vikes in BCIHL action on the weekend. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)

The wild finish gave UVic a much needed 5-4 win and ensured that game two of the weekend series would be entertaining, with UVic looking to steal four points and Selkirk looking to recover from a shocking defeat.

In Saturday’s matchup Brad Robinson and the Vikes picked up right where they left off on Friday night, as the home team held a 4-1 lead midway through the game – two of those from the suddenly red hot Robinson. But Selkirk College showed why it holds the top spot in the BCIHL as the Saints refused to give up and managed to score two goals in the second period. Luckily for UVic, Chris Manhas managed to get the Vikes on the board late on the powerplay to keep the lead at 5-3 heading into the third period.

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Adam Klein of the UVic Vikes carries the puck up ice during BCIHL game against the Selkirk College Saints on Saturday. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)

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Nick Babich got the start between the pipes for UVic in Saturday’s game against the Selkirk College Saints. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN) 

With UVic providing the late surge on Friday, it seemed to be Selkirk’s turn on Saturday. The Saints capitalized on a powerplay with 5:28 left in the game and then, with the goalie pulled, sucked the life out of the Vikes with another goal at 1:18 to tie the game at 5-5 and send it to overtime.

Unfortunately for UVic it looked as though the Selkirk comeback was too much to overcome as the Saints scored 3:16 into overtime and salvaged two points for themselves.

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Selkirk College’s Jackson Garrett finds himself all alone in front of UVic Vike’s Nick Babich during BCIHL action on Saturday afternoon. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)

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Selkirk College Saint’s Ryan Procyshyn reaches to keep the puck in the UVic Vikes zone during Saturday afternoon’s BCIHL game. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)

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Chris Manhas makes an outlet pass for the UVic Vikes in their BCIHL game against the Selkirk College Saints on Saturday. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN) 

Still, having earned three of a possible four points against the top team in the league was extremely encouraging for the Vikes who have been working tirelessly to turn their season around.

UVic heads out on the road next weekend to take on TRU and SFU in the final games before the BCIHL Christmas break, if the Vikes continue to score like they did against Selkirk and Robinson stays hot, a four point weekend certainly won’t be out of the question.

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