By Anne Marie Abraham 

photo credit Erich Eichhorn ISN 

(ISN) – The Vikes Hockey team (11-10-3) secured third place in the BCIHL standings to enter the playoffs. The Vikes were on the road February 27 and 28 to play against Trinity Western University (17-5-2) and Simon Fraser University (12-12-0).

Jeremy Mousseau, goalie for the Vikes, played his first game on the team against TWU.“Mousseau played a strong game,” said Harry Schamhart, head coach for the Vikes. Despite this,the Vikes were unable to take the win against TWU, losing 4-1 on Friday night’s game.The Vikes struggled to take advantage of opportunities to put the puck in the net. However, they did manage a goal scored by Adam Klein assisted by James Tindle and Evan Warner. The weekend took a turn for the better as they faced off against SFU on Saturday. SFU’s Jono Ceci started the scoring at the 15:00 minute mark in the first period, but the Vikes were quick to reciprocate as Linden Horswill took a goal assisted by Carsen Willians and Kelly Loudoun. Evan Warner concluded the first period by taking a second goal for the Vikes unassisted.

SFU came out strong in the second period as Ceci scored his second goal, followed by a goal from Trent Murdoch. UVic managed to catch up by the end of the second period, tying the score as Shawn Mueller took a goal for the Vikes assisted by Adam Klein. “What a great way to finish the season against a team you are battling for third place with,” said Schamhart. “The teams went into the third period tied and playing the last 20 minutes of the season with everything on the line.”

Klein scored his second goal early in the third period. Graham Smerek tied the game once again as he took a goal for SFU. With 3:48 minutes remaining, Vikes scored the final goal of the game, winning 5-4. “Vikes Rookie forward Cameron Rowat scored his biggest goal as a Vike, stripping the SFU defence man of the puck and beating SFU goalie Andrew Parent for the Vikes to take the lead,” said Schamhart. With 2:15 minutes left in the game, the official called Vikes Patrick Webb for slashing. The Vikes’ Adam Klein, Linden Horswill, Dylan Hykawy and Henry Hart killed off the 6 on 4 as SFU pulled their goalie, Parent, for an extra attacker. “The Vikes penalty killers and goaltender, Scott Legault, held their ground and kept SFU from getting a tying goal,” said Schamhart.

The Vikes play Selkirk College in Castelgar in the first round of the playoffs on March 6th.