VIKINGS SEASON ENDS AT SCAA SEMIFINAL

The Vikings traveled to the south end of Barrie to face Nouvelle Alliance in the SCAA Semifinal. The girls advanced in the Quarterfinals the previous weeks as a result of Twin Lakes forfeiting.

With two players out of the lineup, one injured, and two returning from being ill all weekend, the girls knew they’d have their hands full. While most of the play in the first period was spent in the Vikings’ end, the girls held their ground thanks to some great defence and outstanding goaltending, and entered the second period with a score of 0-0.

During the second period, scoring opportunities presented themselves at both ends, but it was ENA who were able to pick up a pair.

In the third period, the Vikings’ short bench began to catch up with them. Despite generating more scoring opportunities, they were not able to put one past the Nouvelle netminder, but Nouvelle was able to pick up another three. The score was not any indication of how well the Vikings played in this game.

Coaches Pearson and Maslen would like to thank the girls for another great season!

 

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VIKINGS SECURE #3 SEED

The Vikings hosted Elmvale Eagles in their final game of the regular season. The Vikings needed the win in order to secure a #3 seed giving them home ice advantage in the Quarter Finals.

The girls were once again plagued by a short bench, and the first period was a little disorganized for the Vikings. They were first on the board near the end of the period, but the Eagles were able to answer two minutes later taking advantage of a long shift.

The disorganization continued into the second period, but thankfully the Lady Vikes were able to pick up another goal and keep Elmvale from scoring. A desperate play by a Vikings defender to prevent a breakaway led to a power play for the Eagles, but the Vikings were able to kill off the penalty. Some adjustments on the bench and the girls were ready for the third period.

The Vikings started off the third period with a quick goal, and it seemed that things were settling down in favour of North with a comfotable 3-1 lead. However, a miscommunication leading to a bad line change gave the Eagles a scoring opportunity and they were able to capitalize on it narrowing the gap to 3-2. As the period wound down, both teams found themselves in penalty trouble, but the Vikings were able to pick up one more which would seal the deal giving the girls a 4-2 victory.

The win puts the Vikings in #3 seed with a record of 4 wins and 2 losses. Playoffs begin next week as North will host Twin Lakes Thunderbirds on Tuesday.

Go, Vikings!

THE EDHS CUP

The Vikings traveled to Elmvale to participate in the EDHS Cup – a great opportunity to prepare for playoffs against rival teams in the division.

With only eight skaters on the bench, the Lady Vikes knew that they’d be in for a challenging opening game against the Stayner Spartans – a team that they have yet to defeat. Despite a good start to the game, it was Stayner who opened the scoring early in the first. The Vikings would answer with two in the second, and the Vikings led by a score of 2-1 until just under three minutes remaining in the game when the Spartans would tie it up. The Vikings were very happy with their tie game having such a short bench!

In the second game, the Vikings would face the Georgian Bay Bears for the first time. Feeling the effects of their first game, the Lady Vikes were not at their best. Even though the Vikings were able to get plenty of pucks to the net, the only goal was unfortunately scored by the Bears with only two and a half minutes remaining in the game. The Vikings tried to tie it up with the extra attacker, but were forced to settle for the loss.

The Vikings would face Twin Lakes Thunderbirds in the final game of the day. While never having been defeated by the Thunderbirds, the Vikings were at the end of a short bench and a long day. To make matters worse, a bad collision on the ice would see the Vikings’ Captain having to sit out the remainder of the game. The remaining seven skaters knew they’d have to dig deep to hold off Twin Lakes.

Shortly after the collision, the Vikings picked up two quick goals from some secondary scoring, and now the task would be to keep the Thunderbirds off of the scoreboard. The Vikings demonstrated some great positioning and puck control to minimize Twin’s scoring chances, but every time there was opportunity for the Thunderbirds, the Vikings’ netminder would stand tall and shut the door earning her third shutout of the season!

Once again, the coaches are proud of this group! Their final regular season game is tomorrow where they will host Elmvale Eagles. Playoffs begin next week.

Go, Vikings!

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VIKINGS KEEP TIMBERWOLVES WINLESS

THE Lady Vikes traveled to Angus this afternoon to take on the winless Nottawasaga Pines Timberwolves. The girls were anticipating a win after having such a strong game previously against Stayner.

However, with the Vikings top goal scorer off of the roster due to illness, the Vikings knew they’d have to step up their game and get some secondary scoring – and they did just that.

The first period was fast and furious with play going back and forth. It was clear that this was going to be a physical game, and the refs were letting a lot go. The Timberwolves offence was somewhat limited to two or three players, but they kept the Vikings’ defence on their toes.

The Vikings picked up the first penalty of the game late in the first period, but thanks to some aggressive penalty killing, the Vikings were able to open the scoring with a short-handed goal. Just as it was looking like the girls had set the tone for the game, the Timberwolves evened things up with only 10 seconds remaining in the period.

While the second period had no scoring, there was no shortage of physical play. Another penalty kill for the Vikings, and after two periods the score remained tied at 1. The Vikings would have to start the third without their Captain as she sustained an injury.

Early in the third the Vikings regained the lead with a power play goal thanks to some great action in front of the Timberwolves’ net, and just 90 seconds later, the score was 3-1 in favour of the Vikings. Halfway through the third the Vikings would pick up one more with a shot from their own end.

The Timberwolves continued to push, giving their star player as much ice as they could manage. With six minutes remaining in the game, she managed to snipe one past Vikings net minder and close the gap to two. The Vikings were able to maintain their composure despite beginning to tire, and keep the play simple. The Timberwolves tried for the extra attacker but without success – the Vikings took the game by a score of 4-2.

The win improves the Vikings’ record to 3-2, and puts them in third place in the standings. The final regular season game will take place on February 9th when the Lady Vikes will host Elmvale Eagles. Way to go,  girls!

Go, Vikings!

VIKINGS BATTLE SPARTANS

The Vikings hosted their undefeated rivals Stayner Spartans in what was expected to be a challenging game. While the play was predominantly in the Vikings’ end for a good portion of the first period, the girls were standing their ground with some great positional play, and some outstanding defensive work in front of the net. With no goals in the first, the girls began the second period with confidence.

In the second period the Vikings started to generate some opportunities but ran into some penalty trouble. Not to be deterred, the Spartans aggressive penalty kill led to a short handed goal to open the scoring. Special teams continued throughout the remainder of the period as more penalties were awarded, but again it was the Vikings who potted another ending the period with a two goal lead.

The Spartans pushed back hard in the third and the Vikings continued to hold their ground. It was evident that both teams were beginning to tire coming off of a long Christmas break. However, the Spartans finally found the back of the net – twice to tie the game. The Spartans drew a penalty with exactly two minutes remaining in the game, and while the Vikings believed this was their opportunity to take the win, Stayner picked up a short handed goal of their own, taking the lead. Another quick one and the Vikings found themselves down by two. Another late penalty on the Spartans and the Vikes were able to close the gap to one scoring with only 22 seconds remaining. The final score was 4-3 in favour of the Spartans.

The coaches are proud of an outstanding performance from all players, especially the goalie who stood tall and kept her team in the game! The Vikings will face the winless Nottawasaga Pines Timberwolves on Monday where they hope to improve their record to 3-2.

Go, Vikings!

KEMPENFELT CUP 2016

The Vikings were part of the Kempenfelt Cup festivities again for the second year, but once again finished the day with two losses. They did, however, advance to the semi-finals in the relay races!

The first game of the day (before the buses arrived) was versus Bear Creek Kodiaks. Having never faced this team, the girls weren’t sure what to expect. Unfortunately, the Kodiaks proved to be a very strong team, and most of the play was in the Vikings’ end. The Kodiaks were victorious, and advanced to face the Eastview Wildcats in the Finals.

In the second game the Vikings faced Nantyr Shores who were previously defeated by the Innisdale Invaders. This was a more evenly matched game, and the Vikings were generating plenty of scoring opportunities. All but one shot was stopped by the Vikings net minder, and despite trying to score with the extra attacker, the girls were defeated by a score of 1-0.

It was a great day for hockey, and the girls had the opportunity to show off their new custom jerseys! Next game will be Monday when the Vikings will travel to Midland to face the Georgian Bay Bears!

Go, Vikings!

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VIKINGS WIN HOME OPENER

The Vikings hosted Twin Lakes Thunderbirds today for their season home opener. Having been defeated last week by Nouvelle Alliance, the girls were looking for a win.

In the first period the Vikings set the tone for the game with most of the action in the Thunderbirds’ end. However, the Vikes were not able to generate many scoring opportunities resulting in some end-to-end play near the end of the period.

The girls cleaned up their game in the second, but so did Twin Lakes. Twice the Vikings had the Thunderbirds net minder beat, but only to have the puck ring off the post – the first time it could be heard all the way back at BNC. In the dying minutes of the period, the Vikes got their first penalty of the game. Fortunately they were only briefly shorthanded as Twin Lakes drew their first penalty also to wrap up the period.

The Vikes started the third on a power play, but were not able to capitalize. The intensity of the game continued to grow, and it was clear that this game was not going to end in a tie. The Vikings goalie remained solid in net, and finally with less than a minute to play, the Lady Vikes found the back of the net. Twin Lakes tried to pull their goalie for the extra attacker, but the Vikings were able to keep the pressure on and not allow the Thunderbirds to get organized. The win brings their record to 1-1 for the season.

Next week the Lady Vikes are excited to play in the third annual Kempenfelt Cup where they will open the day with a game versus Bear Creek!

Go, Vikings!

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Go, Vikings!