REVIEW: Hockey Night in Victoria, February 2, 2018

The high–octane contest between these two evenly matched ice hockey teams was a real crowd-pleaser and highlight of this popular VMNC evening event. Pace and intensity increased as the game progressed but didn’t get out of hand – lots of good action, shots on goal, vigorous offence and defence were all on display.

The Royals took an early 2-goal lead in the first period, the Tigers narrowing that to 2:1 before the period was up. Second period, the fast-paced action see-sawed back and forth, the Tigers taking the lead 3:2. Near the end of the third period, just when it looked like game over, the Royals scored a spectacular goal to even the score 3:3. Minutes into overtime, they defeated the Tiger’s excellent goalie again, scoring the fourth and winning goal.  Cheering fans were all out of their seats and on their feet.

Intermissions featured a fun charity puck-tossing contest and show-cased a parade of brand-new electric vehicles by Tesla and others circling the arena ice. Also, especially charming, a mini-hockey game between miniature players in full gear took centre stage. The kids (girls and boys) skated and played remarkably well – some bound to become hockey superstars one day.

35 VMNC members and spouses enjoyed the game. Most also met up with old friends and made newbie newcomers welcome at the pre-game buffet dinner in the Lions Den restaurant overlooking the ice rink. Members were seated at tables reserved weeks ahead of time, with servers quick to take wine and beverage orders. The dinner buffet meal centered around an outstanding roast beef main course, with lots of dessert choices to tempt diners afterwards. A pleasant way to spend time and socialize before the game. (Informal “pre-hockey sundowners”, generously hosted by John and Laura Pierce at their home, were also on offer before that.)

Convenient event parking, a clear spring-like winter evening, good seats, modest ticket prices and the excellent forward planning and co-ordination of event activities (thanks, Glenn!) rounded things out and made for a most enjoyable VMNC Special Event.

Submitted by George Mucalov