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WWU splits with U of O in two hard-fought games
Your WWU Vikings took the ice against the always strong Oregon Ducks this past weekend. Western made the trip down to Eugene with a total of 10 skaters and two goalies. WWU came out with something to prove, and prove something they did. Your Vikings struck first on a first period snipe by Danny Becker. Backed by some excellent goaltending by Tyler Zetting, the finished the first period up one. The second period was once again all Western as they continued to battle and pound away, scoring twice more to make it 3-0. The third period brought chances for both teams, but WWU's defense was too strong for the Ducks as Western skated to a 3-0 victory.
Game two was no different. Both teams battled throughout the entire game, but it was the Ducks that drew first blood scoring two minutes into the first period. Western had their chances, but just couldn't seem to get a break through two period. "Penalties really hurt us tonight. There were a few borderline calls throughout the entire game; it's tough to win a game when you are short-handed half the game," said one Western player. The third period brought on more and more penalties against the Vikings, but they continued to battle through it. With 11:43 left in the period, Western forward Jeff Bulger left the penalty box and was hit with a tape-to-tape pass from WWU defenseman Kellen Charpentier; Bulger took the puck down 1 on 3 and took a shot from the top of the circles that found the back of the net making it a two goal game. Both teams kept on fighting with both goalies making some very key saves. With 3:24 left in the game, WWU was once again penalized with phantom kneeing call. Western coach John Dougan, was also assessed a bench minor and game misconduct for disputing the call, making it a 5-on-3 power play for U of O. Western held strong and killed off the penalties. Coachless, WWU decided to call a timeout with 1:06 left in the game to rest and set up a play. With the goalie pulled, the Vikings got the puck, set up the play, and with 0:33 left in the game, Kellen Charpentier was able to find the back of the net with a blast from the point on a screen by JT Burris and Todd Coates. Now a one goal, WWU was buzzing. Ten seconds later, the refs once again got involved calling a slashing penalty to put Western on the penalty kill for the 12th time of the night. WWU won the ensuing face-off and started streaking down the ice. They got it set up once again, but there just wasn't enough time to bury the tie-breaker, as WWU came up a little short losing 2-3. "You know It's tough to play a solid team for six periods with that short of a bench. We left it all on the table and just ran out of time on that last one. The boys showed a lot of heart. Overall it was a real great weekend," said Western captain Jeff Bulger. Kellen Charpentier added, "We were the better team out there and I think it would have been a different story if we had our full squad. The team showed a lot heart. We came up close on the tying goal at the end of the second game there, but we played real well."
Western has Winter Break off from games, but will start back up at the beginning of the year at home with a Saturday Sunday series against Walla Walla University January 8th and 9th. Have a nice winter break and we hope to see everyone out at the beginning of the new year!
Western will head down to Eugene to battle U of O this weekend
We apologize for the delay in updating the website. Western took two games from Portland State a couple weekends back, had a nice weekend off to spend Thanksgiving with their families and are ready to take on the University of Oregon this upcoming weekend in Eugene. As you may have noticed the games will no longer be in Spokane this weekend. Due to some scheduling issues, WWU will now be playing the U of O. Be sure to make the changes to your calendars.
This will be WWU's last two games before winter break. Western takes on Walla Walla the first weekend back after school starts back up.
ATTENTION: WE REGRET TO INFORM YOU THAT GONZAGA HAS CANCELED THE GAMES FOR THIS WEEKEND. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes everyone. We are attempting to reschedule, so keep checking back for updates.
WWU heads back home with another win under their belt
Your WWU Vikings loaded up and headed out Thursday night for the the trek across the country to Butte, MT to take on Montana Tech. Friday night's game was a hard-fought battle throughout. Both teams had their chances, but were unable to capitalize thanks to some solid goaltending, tight defense, and a couple of real unlucky bounces. "It would have been a whole different game if we could have buried a couple of those early chances. Unfortunately it didn't work out; couple posts, couple of real close ones, we just couldn't get one," says one WWU player. WWU was short on guys for the trip as they only had 2 goalies and 12 skaters, half of which were playing with injuries. Montana Tech was able to score the first goal of the game late in the 2nd period. Western continued to get their chances, but couldn't seem to find the back of the net. "You know, every team has games like that. The chances are there, but you just can't seem to buy a goal out there," stated one Viking forward. Another said, "It's really tough to come out and play a good team with 12 guys. There is no way around that. We practice as if we are going to have a full squad, and then a bunch of people don't show up. It's frustrating to say the least. We've got them again tomorrow, going to head back to the hotel, get some rest, and come out flyin'."
"Come out flying" is exactly what they did Saturday night. The Vikings came out ready to play from the drop of the puck to the very end. WWU struck first on a rebound goal by Danny Becker, set up by JT Burris. The Vikings weren't backing down. "No one likes to lose. We were determined to jump on them early and bury when we got the chance." WWU kept up the pressure and capitalized on their opportunities, continuing to cushion their lead. The real dagger to the heart, was near the end of the 2nd period, when WWU forward Chase Bailey took two hits, gave a hit forcing a turnover, turned and sniped a slapper from the top of the circles. The worn-out and tired WWU bench erupted and found another burst of energy from that point. However, Montana Tech kept coming at the Viking D, but they weren't giving this one up. Led by stellar goaltending by Tyler Zetting, the entire WWU team rallied together for a 7-2 victory. Highlights from the game were a hat trick by Danny Becker and a goal and two assists by JT Burriss. "You know, this was a huge win for us. It's tough to take on a solid team like that with only 12 guys, especially with all the injuries we're runnin' right now. To bounce back after last night, shows alot of heart from all the boys. It feels great to get the W after last night and we'll just keep on rollin' from this point forward."
The Vikings get a much needed weekend off this upcoming weekend, and then will face Montana Tech at home November 5th and 6th. The Saturday game time may be bumped up an hour, so check back middle of next week for any updates. Also take a minute to become a fan of WWU Hockey on Facebook to get all the WWU Hockey updates sent right to your facebook account. Please take a moment to become a fan, "like", and ask your friends to "like" WWU Hockey on facebook as well, so that we can continue to spread the word.
WWU splits the home and home with UW
Your Vikings took on the talented Huskies from UW this past weekend in a hard-fought home and home series. Game one took place Friday night at the Bellingham Sportsplex in front of a mostly packed house. WWU jumped out to an early lead and was able to add to it, finishing the first period up 2-0. UW answered back in the second on a couple of power play goals. Going into the 3rd period tied 2-2, both teams came out on a mission. Penalties really seemed to be the achilles heel for the Vikings throughout the entire game and it finally caught up to them in the 3rd period. The Huskies were able to score two more power play goals to take a 4-2 lead. WWU rallied the troops and really turned up the pressure scoring to bring the score within one. Another penalty with 3:30 left in the game put a damper on the WWU comeback. The UW goaltender was able to turn away the final push as UW treated WWU to their first home loss since the 2008-2009 season.
After the tough loss Friday night, WWU had their chance at revenge as they headed down to Mount Lake Terrace for the rubber match game for the season. With the Olympic-sized rink and a couple of players not able to make the trip, Coach John Dougan and the Western Vikings had to adjust their game plan a bit. The adjustments seemed to pay off as Western was able to capitalize on an early power play goal by Greg Parsons. After 20 minutes of play, WWU headed to the locker room with a 1-0 lead. The 2nd period brought about more scoring as, WWU really upped the pressure, capitalizing on UW mistakes, and were able to outscore the Huskies three goals to one. Coming out for the third period, Western came out with the worst lead in hockey. Both teams had some quality chances, but with three and a half minutes to go the game remained 4-2. After a borderline call, WWU was once again staring a 5 on 4 penalty square in the face. With two minutes left in the game, UW pulled their goalie to make it a 6 on 4 power play. This seemed to be the right move as UW was able to deflect a point shot, past the WWU goaltender to bring the game to 4-3. WWU was not giving this one away as they made a huge stand for the remaining two minutes, only allowing one more shot on goal. When the dust settled, WWU took the game and the season series 2 games to 1.
WWU hits the road to Butte, MT to take on Montana Tech. Be sure to check our facebook page to follow our games while on the road. Please take a moment to become a fan, "like", and ask your friends to "like" WWU Hockey on facebook as well to help spread the the word. Thank you to all our loyal fans!
Western takes both games in the battle for the Viking Cup
The Portland State Vikings made the trip up to take on your Western Vikings in a two-game series this weekend. Western jumped on them early Friday night and did not let up. Western continued to pressure PSU throughout the entire game, not even giving them a chance. When all was said and done, Western skated their way to a 19-2 win. After shaking off the road legs, PSU came out to play Saturday evening, but their early pressure was no match for WWU's defensive play. After fighting off the early rush, your Vikings settled down and got back into their game and score two by the end of the first. WWU kept up the pressure, kept getting shots on goal, and it finally paid off, netting three more goals in the second. By the end of the game goaltender Tyler Zetting came away with the shutout in an 11-0 win.
Next up is a home and home series versus the University of Washington. Western plays UW at the Bellingham Sportsplex this Friday at 10:15pm. Check back throughout the week as we are trying to bump the game up an hour to a 9:15pm start time. Let's pack the house against UW this Friday night. See you all there!
ATTENTION: THE GAME TIME FOR THIS SATURDAY (10/09) HAS CHANGED. THE GAME TIME HAS CHANGED FROM 8:30PM TO 7:00PM!
Western heads back home with two more wins under their belt
Western hit the ice on a mission Saturday night, as they took on Walla Walla University. Western set the tempo early as they surprised the wolfpack with an early goal. Western continued the pressure Walla Walla, forcing turnovers and capitalizing on their mistakes. Western skated to a 15-0 victory Saturday night. After a quick night sleep, both teams hit the ice Sunday morning. Down two more guys on an already shortened bench and running on a short night's sleep, WWU started out little sloppy. They were able to settle it down and put in a couple of early goals. Walla Walla wasn't going down that easy. When asked about the game one player said "Penalties really hurt us today. Luckily we were able to get a enough goals to get the win." When all was said and done, Western was able to pull off the 11-6 win and bring their record on the season up to 3-0. Your Vikings are back home this weekend for a two-game series with Portland State University. Western won one and had an OTL versus PSU last season, so it looks to be a great series. Games are 10:15pm Friday and 7:00pm Saturday.
Attention: The game time for Saturday has changed. THE GAME TIME HAS CHANGED FROM 8:30PM TO 7:00PM! Be sure to mark your calendars and mention the change, so that we can spread the word. Thanks for your support and help!
THE GAME TIME FOR THIS SATURDAY (10/09) HAS CHANGED. THE GAME TIME HAS CHANGED FROM 8:30PM TO 7:00PM!
Come on out and support your WWU Vikings as they take on Portland State University at the Sportsplex. Western won one and had an OTL versus PSU last season, so it looks to be a great series. Games are 10:15pm Friday and 7:00pm Saturday.
Vikings start off the season on the right foot
Your WWU Vikings took on the UW Huskies last Saturday night in front of a 450 person crowd in a friendly exhibition game to get the season underway. WWU took advantage of an early power-play opportunity on a back door goal by Danny Becker. It was a tough fought first period, that ended with the Vikings 2, Huskies 1. Western came out firing again and were able to put another one up for the only goal of the second period. The Huskies weren't going away that easy though as they brought the game within one goal with 16 minutes left on the clock. Western collected itself and came right back with a goal of their own 34 seconds later on a Viking power-play goal. Western put up a couple more insurance markers soon after and it was smooth sailing from then. "It was great to get back out on the ice in game time situations. I feel like we have a couple things to improve on, but overall we played real well," said one Western player. Highlights of the night were three-goal performances by Todd Coates and Danny Becker and four assists by JT Burris.
Your Vikings hit the road for the first road trip of the season versus the Wolfpack of Walla Walla. Game time is 10:15pm Saturday night and 1:00 Sunday afternoon.
Mark your calendars hockey fans; WWU will have their regular season home-opener versus the always tough Portland State Vikings on Friday October 8th and 9th. Game times are 10:15pm Friday and 7:00pm Saturday. Season passes will be available for purchase at the door. You can get into every WWU home game for $25. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to order one. There will also be WWU merchandise available at the games. Pre-order the 2010-2011 WWU Hockey t-shirts by emailing email@example.com.
Western keeps rolling. Take two more from UPS
Western took both games of the home and home series against the University of Puget Sound this last weekend. The UPS goaltender faced shot after shot Friday night and made some really big saves. Western just kept the pressure on and kept shooting. By the end of the night Western came away with a 13-1 win. Highlights from Saturday night were hat tricks from Jeff Bulger and Matt Parsons along with 5 and 4 assists respectively. After having his first career goal with Western called back a few weekends ago, Chase Bailey came up with an answer Friday night. Halfway through the second period Bailey followed up his own rebound and buried his first career goal. When asked about the goal, a teammate responded, "The whole bench went wild when he put it away. It's always memorable to bury that first goal. Chaser got one called back a few games ago, so the fact that he was able to put this one away was fun."
The Loggers were short benched Saturday night after a car accident prevented four of their players to make the trip. WWU put on a show for the fans in the last scheduled home game of the season Saturday. Puget Sound put up a strong fight, but Western's potent offense was just to much for the tired UPS players. Western skated to a 12-1 victory to celebrate their 21st win of the season. Highlights from Saturday's game was a goal and an assist for Max Janicek, a goal by Daniel Senner, and a two goal performance by Alex Bommarito.
Western has the weekend off and will head to Tri-Cities the following weekend. The Vikings are still in the process of scheduling two more games the first weekend of March. The location and opponents have yet to be confirmed, so check back often for changes to the schedule. Thank you for all your support.
Saturday Night is Ladies Night at the Sportsplex. It's a pre-valentines day bash and ladies get in free. Game starts at 8:45pm Saturday and is currently the last scheduled home game for the 2009-2010 hockey season. Get there early to guarantee yourself a good spot. We look forward to seeing everyone tonight at 8:45.
Bad news Viking fans, Games versus Portland State have been cancelled
We received an email over the weekend informing us that Portland State will not be making the trip up to Bellingham this weekend. There were several reasons given for not being able to make the trip. It is to our displeasure to announce this news. We tried to find a replacement team to come up and play the minute we heard that they would not be coming; unfortunately every team was busy or not willing to make the trip on such short notice.
Western will take on the University of Puget Sound in a Home/Home series February 12th and 13th. We are currently trying to add a couple more games to our schedule. Keep checking back for updates. Once again we are just as disappointed as you are to lose two home games.
Another home game has been added to the schedule
Good news hockey fans. Western has another home game for you to come and cheer them on at. The game February 13th versus the University of Puget Sound will now take place at the Bellingham Sportsplex. Gametime is 8:45pm. As of now this looks to be the Vikings last home game of the season, although there is speculation that a few more may be added in early March. Keep checking back for the most up-to-date Vikings schedule, news, and promotions.
Western continues its homestand next weekend when they take on the WSU Cougars. Western will be looking to build off its now eight game winning streak. WWU took both games on the road versus the Cougars earlier in the season. Game times are 10:15pm Friday and 8:45pm Saturday. Bring your friends and family to cheer on your 15-1-1 WWU Vikings!! See you all Friday night. There will be a raffle Friday night to raffle off free tickets, merchandise, and more. More details will be provided at the game. Hope to see you all out there Friday night, 10:15.
Win streak continues as Western takes two more from Gonzaga
Western had plenty of chances early Friday night, but it was the Bulldogs who struck first. Western answered right back on the next shift of the game. Two minutes later, Gonzaga snuck in their second goal of the game to make it 2-1. Western battled back from the adversity and was able to bury two goals before the end of the first period. Whatever that was said in the locker room during the intermission, got Western going. The Vikings played a much better second period backed by two Zach Dunaisky goals. Western continued to roll scoring four more goals in the third, leading them to an 11-2 victory.
Saturday's game went scoreless for the first 15 minutes before Zach Dunaisky found the back of the for his third time on the weekend. Twenty-five seconds later, senior defenseman, James Walker snuck one past the Gonzaga goaltender to give the Vikings a 2-0 leading going into the seocnd. A minute twenty-one into the period, Western left winger Greg Parsons was hauled down on a breakaway and was awarded a rare penalty shot. A look shook up on the play, Parsons decided to take the penalty shot himself. Parsons flew down the ice and beat the Gonzaga goaltender blocker side. Western was able to continue building their lead in the second outscoring Gonzaga four goals to one. Both games this weekend were a physical battle. Both teams fought hard, but in the end it was your Vikings skating to a 9-3 victory continuing their win streak.
Western will continue its home stand next weekend when they take on the Gonzaga Bulldogs. Western took both games on the road versus the Bulldogs earlier in the season, so the Gonzaga is going to come out fighting. Game times are 10:15pm Friday and 8:45pm Saturday. Bring your friends and family to cheer on your 13-1-1 WWU Vikings!! See you all Friday night.
Vikings pick up right where they left off
It took Western 30 minutes of game one to get their legs back under them after an extended winter break. With 10 minutes to go in the second period, the line of Greg Parsons, Matt Parsons, and Jeff Bulger kicked it into gear; moving the puck to perfection, the trio scored three goals in a 55 second shift putting the Vikings up 5-0. The Vikings just kept rolling from that point on, putting in six more goals by the end of the game. Highlights from the game include a 30 shot shutout by goaltender Max Janicek, and 5-point nights for Greg Parsons, Trevor Owen, and Jeff Bulger.
Less than 10 hours after the final buzzer sounded from the first game, your Vikings were taking the ice for game two versus Walla Walla. Western got on the board first with a tic-tac-toe play on the power play by the Parsons, Parsons, Bulger line. Western put in two more before Walla Walla finally came up with an answer. After nearly 70 minutes of shutout hockey, Walla Walla was able to sneak one past the Viking goaltender on the power play. The Vikings answered back putting in two more goals before the end of the first period. The second period was no different as the Vikings continued to pressure the Walla Walla defense with shot after shot scoring six more in the second period. By the end of the night Western came away with a 14-4 victory extending their winning streak to six games. Highlights from Sunday morning's game were 1 goal, 5 assists for Matt Parsons, 4 goals and 4 assists for Greg Parsons, 4 goals and 6 assists for Jeff Bulger, and Brenden Pape scored his first career goal with the Vikings.
Western will continue it's home stand next weekend when they take on the Gonzaga Bulldogs. Western took both games on the road versus the Bulldogs earlier in the season, so the Gonzaga is going to come out fighting. Game times are 10:15pm Friday and 8:45pm Saturday. Bring your friends and family to cheer on your 13-1-1 WWU Vikings!! See you all Friday night.
Vikings open up the second half at home this weekend
Your Vikings open up the second half of the season this Saturday night versus Walla Walla University. This will be the first meeting between the Wolf Pack and the Vikings this season. The game Saturday night starts at 8:45pm. Come out and support Western as they look to continue their winning streak. Western will also play Walla Walla Sunday morning at 9:15am.
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