A group photo of the two teams following the match. (Nick Murray/News Staff)

North Saanich students victorious in Viking Cup, beating teachers 9-8

Goaltending heroics help students win extra–time shootout at Panorama Recreation Centre

On the 30th anniversary of the North Saanich Middle School’s Viking Cup, the spoils of victory went to the students, who skated out 9-8 winners, beating their teachers in a competitive match.

The Panorama arena was almost filled to capacity Friday, with the students of North Saanich Middle School and a smattering of parents cheering the two teams.

ALSO READ: North Saanich soccer sensation takes game to next level in Iceland

Emily Verscheure, Lana Norris and Callie Bradshaw gave a moving rendition of the national anthem before the two teams commenced play.

“It was fun but a little bit scary. We practiced every lunchtime and it was a nice vibe,” said Verscheure.

As play swirled around the ice it was clear there were some unsung heroes. The two student referees were excellent, letting the game flow and confidently making calls. William Wright in the commentary box handled the technology and P.A. system, making announcements and whipping up the crowd.

“It was stressful but also a good accomplishment,” he said proudly, adding “the teachers did pretty well, better than we thought.”

Kristi Timmermans, one of the organizers, explained the game’s importance. “It’s a huge part of our culture at North Saanich and it’s a great way to start spring break.”

Out on the ice, the creaky knees of the teachers in Viking white held out as they ran the students close, flicking shot after shot at the students’ goal.

ALSO READ: Sidney hockey players back on home ice with the Vancouver Island Seals

The students wearing yellow Eagles’ jerseys had their goaltender to thank for keeping the score level and they played some excellent hockey, building up from the back and breaking into the offensive third at great speed.

The staff were supplemented with some young affiliate players and every member of the Viking team carried themselves with class.

The halftime entertainment featured the whole school split into sections singing the hockey song. The enthusiastic and impeccably behaved students all joined in, with the winning section awarded boxes of pizza.

ALSO READ:Oak Bay Barbarians Alumni raise $12,000 for B.C. champions

Just before the break, the teachers were showing some great link–up play and threatening to assert their dominance, before two goals either side of the break gave the students the momentum they needed to stretch into the lead. Two decisive goals from Cameron Johnson and Leila Williams pushed the students ahead, and despite a late rally from the teachers, the superior fitness of the students held and the staff barely hung on to force an extra-time shoot out.

Both goaltenders pulled off some stunning saves and the student Eagles skated out narrow 9-8 winners.

“It was a lot of fun,” said Eagles player Noah Allen. “I was maybe a little nervous at the start but once it got going it was fine.”



nick.murray@peninsulanewsreview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

Grade 8 Cameron Johnson rounds three players at speed before slotting the puck in the goal. (Nick Murray/News Staff)

The star Eagles goaltender about to thwart yet another Viking player in the shootout. (Nick Murray/News Staff)

The Eagles offer high–fives during the shootout. (Nick Murray/News Staff)

Just Posted

Group finds B.C. Archives collection licences costs prohibitive

Teachers asked to pay $25 per image to use on slideshows

VicPD officer saves man overdosing on opioids

The man was found lying on the sidewalk early Thursday morning

UVic hosts forum on state of democracy with scholars from around the globe

Forum takes places Friday in Ceremonial Hall in First Peoples House at the University of Victoria

New role created to mediate on-site harassment for construction employers

Across the province Builders Code Advisors will work to retain more employees

Protective human chain to form around Victoria mosque for Friday prayer

Islanders invited to stand arm-in-arm to show support in aftermath of New Zealand shootings

VIDEO: Restaurant robots are already in Canada

Robo Sushi in Toronto has waist-high robots that guide patrons to empty seats

POLL: When do you think the next major earthquake will hit Vancouver Island?

According to seismologists, Vancouver Island is overdue for a magnitude 7 earthquake.… Continue reading

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of March 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Second case of measles reported in the B.C. Interior

Case is connected to an earlier measles case in 100 Mile House

Police watchdog investigating after man falls out third-storey window in Vancouver

The man fell to the ground and was taken to hospital with serious injuries

Cheetahs will not prosper in Creston: Permit rejected for two big cats

Earl Pfeifer owns two cheetahs, one of which escaped in December 2015

GM announces jobs, electric vehicle after Trump criticism

The company says it will spend $300 million at its plant in Orion Township

Trucker who caused Broncos crash likely to be deported: lawyer

The Crown has asked that Sidhu serve 10 years in prison

China chemical plant blast kills 47, injures hundreds more

This is one of China’s worst industrial accidents in recent years

Most Read