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!