Western Washington University's club hockey team came out strong Saturday night, Oct. 19, in its home game against California State University Northridge, winning 5-2.
The victory keeps the team undefeated this season with a record of 7-0.
It was a close game the night before, when California State University Northridge came back from a four-goal deficit in the third period, taking the game into a shootout. The Vikings were able to win the shootout, but it was a tough game, head coach John Dougan said.
The team members worked together much better on Saturday night, Dougan said.
“The third period was still shaky again,” said Tristan van der Heyden, left wing and Whatcom Community College senior. “We can’t let up. That’s what we have done, and we are learning from our mistakes.”
During a power play in the second period, Duncan Hack scored an unusual goal: He shot from the point, bouncing the puck off of the boards and into the goal off of the goaltender’s pads.
“That was probably the best goal,” van der Heyden said.
The Vikings started off with three goals in the first period and continued to stay aggressive, keeping Cal State Northridge off the scoreboard until the third period.
“We were a lot more consistent getting pucks out of our end, and that’s how we are going to win games,” Dougan said.
Western hosts its next home game at 10:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at the Sportsplex against the Central Washington University Wildcats.
Oct. 25-26 @ Eastern Wash.
Nov. 1-2 vs Central Washington
Dec. 6-7 vs Idaho
Jan. 17-18 vs Eastern Wash.
Jan. 24-25 @ Portland State
Feb. 7, 8, 9 @ Idaho
Feb. 22-24 NWCHC Tournament