By Cameron Doherty, Vikes Communications
VICTORIA—The UVic Vikes received a scare from the winless Calgary Dinos in their final regular season game but were eventually able to pull out a comfortable win at home on October 16.
With the win the Vikes end their regular season with a 4-2-2 record. The Dinos meanwhile, sit at 0-6-0.
The game was the last one at home for the graduating athletes from the Vikes roster.
Rosie Beale, Kathleen Leahy, Annie Walters-Shumka, Amanda Kurianowicz and Lizzie Yates will head to Toronto looking to close out their illustrious careers with CIS gold medals.
Jamie Emery, Amanda Kurianowicz and Camilla Benatar scored the goals for the Vikes. Jessica Britton scored the lone Dino goal.
Calgary got on the board first, 18 minutes into the contest.
The initial Dinos shot from a penalty corner rebounded off a Vikes defender and fell to Britton, who buried the ball into the back of the net with authority.
The Vikes picked up the intensity after the Dinos goal but were unable to solve Ingrid Ulrich in the Dinos net for the remainder of the first half.
Ulrich made multiple saves to keep the Vikes off the board, none bigger than a leaping blocker save from a shot fired in by Rosie Beale right at half time.
"We had our chances in the first half. Calgary played a better, stronger game in the first half," said Vikes head coach Lynne Beecroft.
The Vikes would finally make their pressure pay off right after the teams came back onto the field after halftime.
First-year Vike Jamie Emery who is from Calgary, powered the ball low and past Ulrich.
The Vikes appeared to take heart from their first goal and dominated possession for the rest of the game.
"Once we scored that first goal the game turned. I think this group of kids needs one little sign that they can do it and then the ball gets going and we get the job done," said Beecroft.
Kurianowicz gave the Vikes the lead just three minutes after the goal from Emery.
Another first year Vike, Camilla Benatar, added to insurance markers with her last goal coming in the last minute of play.
The Dinos will be back in action next weekend for a pair of games in Vancouver against the UBC Thunderbirds.
The Vikes will have some time to work on their game in preparation of the CIS National Championship.
That tournament will get underway in Toronto on November 3.
"There are still lots of things to work on. Calgary scored on their penalty corners too easily this weekend , so we need to improve on that. We also need to work on quicker free-hits, as well as capitalizing on the opportunities that we have," said Beecroft.