CAMROSE, AB - Off to a strong start, the visiting Concordia Thunder defeat the Augustana Vikings 4-1 in Friday night's season opener at Encana Arena.
With the win, the Thunder get off to a 1-0 start, while the Vikings will have to wait until next weekend for a shot at their first win of the season.
Help in the victory was captain Matt Benko and assistant captain, Tyler Benko, both netting a goal and an assist. Second-year forward Brandon Wallis found the back of the net twice to round out the night for the Thunder. Backstopping the team to a win was netminder Griffin Bowerman with 26 saves.
In just five minutes into the opening frame, the Thunder found themselves on the board after a powerplay goal scored by Matt Benko. Four minutes later the Vikings evened the score with Mish finding the netting after a set-up from captain Jarod Hovde and Jackson Siemans. The goal-scoring wouldn't stop there, as the Thunder managed to score another special teams goal, this time a short-handed from Wallis for his first of the night.
After a goalless second period and a seemingly quiet third, the Vikings were in need of an equalizer, opting to pull Moody with a minute and 15 seconds on the clock, leaving the door open for two empty-net goals to close out the game in a 4-1 Thunder win.
Looking ahead, both teams will have to wait until next Friday, November 18th to hit the ice again. The Thunder will host Portage College at 7:00 PM MT, while the Vikings will Welcome the SAIT Trojans to the Encana Arena for a 7:30 PM MT puck drop. Catch all the action on ACACTV.