The Cascades, No. 8 in the U Sports national rankings and the Vikes play in Abbotsford on October 29 at 5:00 p.m.
By finishing second in the Pacific Division the Cascades earned the right to host the game against the fifth place Vikes. However, home field hasn’t always been an advantage in the rivalry between these teams.
The Cascades defeated the Vikes in a playoff game in Victoria in 2014 and the Vikes returned the favour last year by beating the Cascades in Abbotsford.
These teams met twice in the regular season with Fraser Valley winning both contests. The Vikes lost 3-0 in Abbotsford and then 2-1 in an extremely close game played on the turf at UVic due to the weather.
“There is a positive in the fact that we did play well when we hosted them here. The first time we played them we were short personnel. In order to beat them we have to eliminate the errors on our part,” said Vikes head coach Tracy David.
A long road trip to Winnipeg was a struggle for the Vikes in their final two regular season games. They tied the Winnipeg Wesmen 0-0 and lost to the Manitoba Bisons 2-0.
The Vikes finished the regular season with a 5-5-4 record.
Fraser Valley played at home for their final two games. They tied the Calgary Dinos and beat the Lethbridge Pronghorns to finish their Canada West regular season schedule at 9-2-3.
0: The number of goals scored the playoff game between these teams last year. The Vikes would go on to win 5-3 in penalty kicks.
34: The number of goals UFV scored in the regular season, good enough for second in Canada West.
5: The number of shutouts put up by fifth-year Vike Meaghan Storie during the season.
Tracy David, Vikes head coach
“This is do-or-die, we cannot afford to make any mistakes or have any blips. With that there is always a little bit of added pressure.”
“You need to have players that are going to rise to any occasion and be able to deal with the pressure in these circumstances. That’s where you look to your fourth and fifth-year players who have been in this situation before.”
“We know what Fraser Valley will bring to the table so that definitely helps. We see them twice every year and always meet up in the playoffs so we know them and they know us. There is a little bit of comfort in knowing your opposition.”