PREVIEW: Vikes end regular season at home with top spot in the conference up for grabs
Hosting the first-place Trinity Western Spartans on Friday, Oct. 20 at 5 p.m. and the Fraser Valley Cascades on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 5 p.m. the Vikes have the chance to claim the top spot in both the Pacific Division and the conference.
The Vikes currently hold a record of 8-1-3 on the season and are just three points back of the conference-leading Spartans who are 10-2 with 30 points through 12 games.
While both the Vikes and Spartans have already qualified for the Canada West playoffs, who exactly will host the all-important playoff games is still up in the air.
First and second place in either division will host both a play-in game and a quarter-final contest this year, before the teams head to the highest-seeded team remaining from the Prairie Division for the Canada West Final Four.
Currently that would mean both the Vikes and Spartans would host playoff games, but the UBC T-Birds wait in the wings, just three points back of the Vikes and six of the Spartans.
Victoria travelled to the Lower Mainland to play these two teams back in the second week of the season. The Vikes played the Cascades to a 2-2 draw before being handed their only loss of the season so far by the Spartans, with the game ending 2-1.
Last Time Out
The Vikes picked up an impressive four points from what was a difficult trip to Alberta. The team tied the Mount Royal Cougars 0-0 before defeating the then-No. 8 ranked Alberta Pandas 1-0.
A goal from Stephanie Badilla Gutierrez was all the Vikes needed in the win over Alberta, as the defence played outstanding to hold a potent Pandas offence off the board.
Trinity Western picked up maximum points from their trip to Saskatchewan last weekend. The team toppled the Regina Cougars and Saskatchewan Huskies by consecutive scores of 5-0. The No. 5 ranked team in the nation, the Spartans have won nine straight games since starting the year 1-2-0.
The Cascades were also out on the Prairies last weekend but could only secure two points from their trip. Fraser Valley tied the Huskies 2-2 and the Cougars 1-1 to move their record on the season to 4-4-4.
By the Numbers
2: The 2-2 tie with Fraser Valley and the 2-1 loss to Trinity Western earlier in the year are the only times Puck Louwes and the Vikes defence have allowed more than one goal in a game.
12: The number of points both Rachel Hutchison and Seina Kashima have scored for the Spartans, tied for third-most in the conference.
8: The number of shutouts Louwes has recorded in the Vikes net this season, the most in the conference.
University of Trinity Western Spartans (10-2)
Canada West Standings: 1 (Pacific: 1)
Last Week: 2-0-0
Streak: W 9
Goals For: 36
Goals Against: 7
Last Canada West Title: 2014
Last U SPORTS Title: 2013
University of Fraser Valley Cascades (7-1-2)
Canada West Standings: T-8 (Pacific: 5)
Last Week: 0-0-2
Streak: T 2
Goals For: 15
Goals Against: 23
Last Canada West Title: 2010
Last U SPORTS Title: N/A