CALGARY – The Victoria Vikes took a 5-0 win over the University of Calgary Dinos on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Hawkings Field.
The Vikes are now 1-0-2 while Calgary moves to 0-1-0 after failing to secure a win in their home opener. Amanda Kurianowicz and Lindsay Cole each potted two goals for Victoria while Rosie Beale scored her second of the season.
“It was a tale of two halves,” said Vikes head coach Lynne Beecroft. “It took the athletes the first half to adjust to the surface. In the secondh alf the players were much more composed and played better team hockey.
“Tomorrow, we will look to improve on today’s performance.”
With three minutes into the first half of the game, the Vikes captured their first goal, leaving the Dinos off to a rusty start. The Dinos had some scoring opportunities with strong, clean passes but it was still not enough to put into the net.
“We didn’t show what we could do and that’s the most disappointing thing,” said Dinos head coach Peter Taylor. “We have improved greatly into this pre-season and we just didn’t bring it out today. The girls were a little bit nervous for their first game and because we have improved, their expectations were higher and so mentally we weren’t in the game from the start.”
Great hustles were made by both teams with equal amount of possessions of the ball but nearing towards the end of the first half with six minutes left remaining, Victoria pulled ahead and snuck their second goal into the net, making it 2-0 before heading into the second half.
The Dinos struggled to get out of their zone for much of the second half and created a lot of advantages for the Vikes, where they had lots of scoring opportunities from penalty corners. They scored their third goal in the 58th minute.
With three minutes left remaining in the game, the Vikes kept their momentum and put in two more goals, making it a 5-0 win against the Dinos.
The teams will face each other again on Sunday at Hawkings Field.