Another year, another tough outing against the Augustana Vikings.
Facing off against the team that ended its ACAC playoff hockey hopes last year, the SAIT Trojans men’s hockey team faced the Vikings for the first time in the new season Oct. 26 and 27.
The result was, ahem, a mixed bag. The Men of Troy took only one of a possible four points, with a loss and a draw in the home-and-home series. The Trojans closed out the weekend with a record of 4-1-1 for the season so far.
The Trojans lost their first rematch to the Vikings on Friday night by a score of 3-2.
The game was tied at one after the first period with SAIT’s goal coming from 1st year upgrading student, Adam Stuart with exactly three minutes remaining in the frame. The goal was Stuart’s third of the year.
The Trojans took the lead halfway through the second period with a goal at 9:02, from 1st year, petroleum engineering technology student Clay Howe, which was his first goal of the year.
But the Vikings answered quickly with a goal, scoring only 40 seconds after Howe’s.
With 16 seconds left in the second period, the Vikings managed to notch another goal and pulled ahead for good, 3-2.
Discipline was a major issue for the Trojans in Friday’s game, as the team took eight penalties, two of which ended up in power play goals for the Vikings.
Saturday’s game proved to be even closer, as the Trojans and Vikings played to a 3-3 draw.
The Trojans couldn’t seem to hold off the Vikings this time, as they squandered leads of 1-0 and 2-1.
SAIT took an early lead at the 3:54 mark of the first period, as 2nd year, environmental technology student Nolan Souchotte scored his first of the year on a “good hustle” goal in front of the net.
After the Vikings tied things up, 4th year, bachelor of business administration accounting student and veteran forward Garrett Watson put the Trojans back on top in the second period.
The Trojans fell behind in the third after the Vikings scored on a Trojans double minor to 1st year, energy asset management student J.D. Watt. First-year, electrical technician student Nolan Souchotte scored to tie it up again at three goals each. This was Souchotte’s first ACAC game and of course his first ACAC goal of the season.
After this weekend the Trojans now find themselves tied for third with the Augustana Vikings with a record of 4-1-1.
The Trojans were hoping for an easier match-up Nov. 2-3, as they faced a home and home series against the GMU Griffins.
The Griffins are currently last in the ACAC with a 0-6-0 record so far this season.
The weekend of Oct. 19-20, the Trojans posted two wins in a home and home series against Edmonton’s Concordia Thunder.
In their first victory on the 19th, the Trojans received goals from 1st year bachelor of business administration accounting student, Matthew Weisensel as well as 5th year carpentry student, Clinton Pettapiece.
With the game tied 1-1 going into the third period, Weisensel’s goal proved to be the game winner as he scored a power-play marker with less than two minutes on the clock.
In their second game of the home and home, both teams doubled their goal output but the Trojans came out on top 4-2.
The Trojans dominated the first period, outshooting the Thunder 20-7. After 20 minutes the Trojans were up 2-0 on goals from 2nd year upgrading student, Adam Stuart and Pettapiece.
The second period saw the Thunder show some signs of life, but the Trojans proved to be too much with rebound goals from 1st year plumbing student, Ben O’Quinn and 1st year business administration student Thomas Paterson.