The University of Victoria Vikes Men’s Hockey team hosted Simon Fraser University at the Ian Stewart Complex on Friday night.
The young Vikes squad needed to find a way to win tonight just to keep their slim playoff hopes alive trailing SFU by 8 points for the 4th and final playoff spot in the BCIHL standings. Veteran Vikes goaltender Michael Fredrick got the start and gave the team a chance to win by making several unbelievable stops as SFU pressured the Vikes constantly throughout the game.
SFU’s Kyle Bergh opened the scoring at 17:08 of the 1st period to give SFU a 1-0 lead. The Vikes came right back scoring at 15:28 when Vikes forward Liam Shaw broke down the left wing taking a slap shot that beat SFU’s goalie Ryan Sandrin on the stick side. 7 minutes later Vikes rookie defenseman Ben Raffler scored the Vikes first shorthanded goal of the season at 08:21 of the period while battling for the puck in front of SFU’s net slipping a shot past Sandrin.
At 2:58 of the 3rd period defenseman Jake Tesarowski snuck in from the point and lasered a shot past the SFU netminder giving the Vikes a two-goal lead.
In the Second period only one goal was scored as SFU’s Spencer Unger scored from the slot cutting the Vikes lead to 3-2.
With the Vikes up 3-2 in the 3rd period, Matthew Hermary scored his first goal of the season at 18:42 of the period giving the Vikes a 4-2 lead. SFU continued pressuring the Vikes forcing Vikes goaltender Fredricks to make several spectacular saves to keep the Vikes up by two.
With less than ten minutes to go in the third, SFU’s captain Matthew Berry-Lamontagna scored a shorthanded goal at 09:09 of the period cutting the Vikes lead down to one goal.
SFU continued to force the play trying to tie the game as the Vikes had to kill a minor penalty with 03:30 remaining in the game.
SFU kept pressing the Vikes, but Vikes goaltender Fredrick stood tall and made several highlight real saves to preserve the win as the Vikes beat SFU 4-3.
Fredricks was named the 1st star of the game as he held down the fort stopping 25 of the 29 shots he faced.
With the win the Vikes trail SFU by 6 points for the final playoff spot with 7 games remaining. SFU has 3 games in hand, but the 2 teams still have to play each other 3 more times before the end of the season.
The Vikes next game is on Friday January 25th as the Vikes host the Selkirk College Saints at the Ian Stewart Complex.
Puck drop is at 07:30pm.