The UVIC Vikes fell 6-4 to Vancouver Island University on Friday night. The season opener was a back and forth game, at times thinking the Vikes would seal the deal to wondering if they were going to switch the goaltenders, but in the end, resulted in the Mariners win.
The first period was a short-lived scoreless game as Joshua Cook of the Mariners scored 9 seconds into the game. The game would then be tied by the Vikes as Kyle Bird scored making it 1-1. It would then remain a tied game for the rest of the period. The Second period is where things started to take off for the Vikes, As they’re able to score three unanswered goals from Blake Holowaty, Otis Goldman, Hayden Guilderson. The Vikes seemed to get comfortable with the league which may have a been a result in the loss of the game. The Mariners started making their way back scoring two from Gavin Rauser and Brett Witala, making it a one-goal game.
The third period came around as the Mariners were hungry looking for the goal to tie the game. The Vikes became frustrated as the officials started missing more and more of their calls that could’ve changed the result of the game. The Vikes then got penalized for hooking which resulted in another Mariners goal. The Mariners would then go on to score the go-ahead goal. The Vikes would go on to pull the goalie with about 1:20 seconds left in the third hoping to find the back of the net, but it was too late as the Mariners would score the empty netter.