Max Crane’21 focuses on the puck as he guards the goal. (Jenny L’Hommedieu’19/Media)
The CA ice hockey squad had a busy weekend filled with three games. The Vikes captured two wins against tough opponents, Springboro and St. Francis DeSales. But Academy’s win streak on the weekend came to an end when they took on the Northeast Storm on Sunday, December 9. The Vikings’ record stands at 5-2 overall, and they are currently at the top of the CHC Division.
Academy opened the weekend play by traveling south to play Springboro on Friday, December 7. The game quickly turned into a back and forth battle. The Panthers got onto the board first just a few seconds into the contest, but CA had a response. Freshman Max Walker had a nifty shorthanded goal that brought the Vikes level just a few minutes later. The combination of Andrew Zaki’22 and Campbell Gwin’21 was just too much for the Panthers as the second line was on fire for the Vikes that night with this duo scoring two goals apiece. CA went on to get a huge road win 7-5.
On Saturday, December 8, the Vikes had a big CHC showdown against St. Francis DeSales. The Vikes and the Stallions both shared blows with one another during the first period, with the score tied up at 4 heading into the second. From then on, CA came out red hot and never looked back. Six different Vikings scored to help CA get an impressive 11-6 win over a local rival.
On Sunday, December 8, the Vikes took on the Northeast Storm in the weekend’s final game. The Storm’s roster depth proved to be too much for the Vikes as the built up an 8-2 lead heading into the third period. Senior assistant captain Jacob Sardo scored a crafty wrap-around goal in the third period that seemed it would to get CA back into it, but it was too little too late. The Storm took the contest by a score of 8-3.
The Vikes look to get back on track next weekend when they take on Gahanna on Friday, December 21.