Vikes were looking to find some breathing room

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Catherine Garrett

(ISN) – The UVic men’s hockey team (8-5-3) faced off against the SFU Clan (8-7-0) last night on the road. The Vikes were looking to find some breathing room in the standings between them and the Clan and succeeded with an impressive score of 5-2. With this win, the Vikes move to second overall in the standings behind current powerhouse Trinity West. (11-2-2) The starting goaltenders for the night were Andrew Parent of SFU and Scott Legault of UVic. Parent, however, was replaced by backup goaltender Jordan Liem towards the end of the game.

The Vikes opened the scoring shortly into the game on a power play as Shawn Mueller put one past SFU goaltender Andrew Parent. It didn’t take long for Trent Murdoch of SFU to tie the game on a power play of their own. However, late in the opening period it was the Vikes who took back the lead when Cameron Rowat found the back of the SFU net with just over a minute left in the period. Shots were in favour of SFU 13-10.

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It did not take long for SFU’s Robby Jang to even the score at two apiece, but the Vikes answered back with two goals in 2:36 from Adam Klein and Evan Warner respectively. Perhaps the scoreboard did not tell the whole story however as the Vikes were again outshot, making the shot total 27-19 in favour of the SFU Clan. The third was relatively uneventful with the exception of Evan Warner’s second goal of the game, the cherry on top for UVic. This period was all UVic; they outshot SFU 13-5, making the shot clock even at 32-32.

The three stars of the night were Evan Warner, Robbie Jang and Carsen Willians.

“It was a good team effort, our expectations are the same, we need to outwork our opponent if we want to win.” said Vikes forward Luciano Sommerville. “This will become very crucial coming into the home stretch of the season and into the playoffs.” He said.

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Coach Harry Schamhart praised first year goaltender Scott Legault. “He played well in both games and made some timely saves.” He said. “ Veteran player Evan Warner was exceptional this weekend. He contributed offensively, and sacrificed his body on the penalty kill, blocking numerous shots.” “We stressed that we needed to have a much better start against SFU and not get behind early like we did the previous night (vs. Washington). We did a great job sticking to our game plan and the coaches made key adjustments throughout the game to help us get the 4 point weekend.” Said Shawn Mueller. “ One thing we need to work on is staying out of the penalty box. Opposite to that, our power play was working really well.”

The next Vikes game is Jan 23rd at 7p.m in Langley as they take on the league leading Trinity West Spartans. You can watch Vikes games live at www.fasthockey.net.

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