(ISN) – VICTORIA – In their last game of the 2014-15 season, the University of Victoria Vikes men’s field hockey team powered through to have a strong second half and claim a 5-2 victory over Burnaby on Mar. 14 at Eric Hamber Field in Vancouver. The Vikes men finish their season with a 2-12-1 record.
Second year Aidan Pye was the lead scorer for the Vikes, tallying two goals, while fourth-year midfielder Brenden Bissett, first-year defender Amardeep Sidhu and second-year forward Prabh Sahota each found the back of the net once. Burnaby’s Indy Sembhi and Gabe Ho-Garcia were the goal-scorers for the home team. Bissett returned to the Vikes after a recent team Canada committment at the Hockey World League Round 2 where Canada’s senior squad qualified for the next step in their Rio 2016 qualification pathway.
The Vikes got off to a sluggish start but were able to muster a series of three-consecutive penalty corners. Those culminated with fifth year Derek Wiggins hitting the post on his strike, looking to score in his last game as a Vike.
Twenty minutes into the half, Burnaby opened the scoring on their third pentalty corner of the game, with veteran Indy Sembhi scoring a well-placed flick into the top corner. Moments later, Burnaby and team Canada’s Gabe Ho-Garcia broke through three tackles at the edge of the circle and fired in a backhander low far corner to put Burnaby up 2-0 going into halftime.
The Vikes came back from halftime looking like a new team. Passing the ball crisply, they picked apart Burnaby in the second half. Strong defence led by second-year Vike Riley Tringham and quality midfield passing lead UVic to attack after attack. Intiricate passing between Bissett, Pye, Sidhu, Tyler Klenk and Sahota saw the Vikes score three goals in a five-minute span (45′ Bissett, 47′ Pye, 49′ Sidhu) to take a 3-2 lead.
The Vikes then comfortably handled the increased pressure from Burnaby as they tried to get back into the game with great saves from second-year keeper Toby Owen and solid defending from Tringham, Wiggins, Greg Tonkin and Jack Hyslop. The Vikes pulled away late with two more goals in the final 10 minutes from Pye (60′) and Sahota (65′), to seal the 5-2 victory over Burnaby.
BURN: 2 – 0 : 2
UVIC: 0 – 5 – 5
BURN: Indy Sehmbi, Gabriel Ho-Garcia
UVIC: Brenden Bissett, Aidan Pye (2), Amardeep Sidhu, Prabh Sahota