After a month-long break with optional practices, Weber State University’s hockey club team will be back in action this weekend. WSU will play the University of Utah Saturday, Jan. 7.
Before the break, the Wildcats played Boise State University. They split the weekend with a win of 6-4 and a loss of 6-5. Janik Sundberg scored early in the first period, followed quickly by a goal by Chris Roberts.
BSU retaliated with two points, and the first period ended with a score of 2-2. WSU secured the lead after goals by Sundberg and Josh Guidice. The second period ended with a score of 4-3. Early in the third period, BSU tied the game, but it was short-lived when John Bumstead and Roberts scored to finish out the game.
The Wildcats only lost by one goal the second time they played BSU. The game was tied at the end of regulation play and, two minutes into overtime, BSU’s Zak Sjoberg scored.
“Both games were pretty good, so we are going to try and build off that and the break to be ready to play this weekend,” said Captain Braxton Green.
After the series against BSU, the Wildcats took a breather as they went into the winter break. Practices were not mandatory, but they were fun, said Jordan Faas.
“The practices over the break were more based on relaxing and having fun,” Faas said. “We started practice this week, and now we are back to working on our systems and the things we need for actual games.”
The team had its break, and now it is back on the grind, preparing for the games this weekend.
“It was nice to have time off away from the rink,” Green said. “At practice the last two days, everyone seemed really eager to be back and have been working hard on getting conditioned and back in shape.”
WSU will play the U of U on Saturday at the Weber County Ice Sheet. In the previous game against the Utes, Green went out with an injury. After a slow start and the injury, by the end of the game there were a lot of fights. Because of that, it should be an intense game, Green said.
“Last time we came out a little slow, but as long as we come out strong and play the full 60 minutes, we have a chance to win,” Green said. “We are going to keep our shifts short and really focus on the defensive zone and not let them get so many shots.”
The game is at 7:30 p.m., and the team wants people to come out, said Green and Faas.
“We like it when the fans come out,” Green said. “We feed off the crowd, and we hope to see everyone out there.”
Faas said fans help a lot when the team plays against in-state rivals.
“The things that get us going the most is having fans out to the games, especially when it’s against in-state teams,” Faas said. “If we have a big turnout, it will help us get going.”