Karl Gartly lifts team to Viking Cup victory

Twenty-one years is a long time to wait for anything.
Especially if you’re proud player for the Augustana University College Vikings men’s hockey team in Camrose, which ended a 21-year drought at the Viking Cup earlier this month by pulling off an incredible 5-4 come-from-behind win over the B.C. Junior ‘A’ Selects.
One of the players to be part of the gold medal winning on-ice performance was Karl Gartly, who is enrolled at Augustana through a partial four-year hockey scholarship.
His parents, Susan and Bob of Eaglesham were on hand to watch the Viking Cup final in Camrose, Jan. 7.
“They were down 4-0 after the first period and they came back to win by scoring five unanswered goals, including three in the last five minutes of the third period,” said Susan, who was jumping for joy following the final buzzer.
“It was absolutely incredible to witness even though at the time I really couldn’t believe it was happening.”
She wasn’t the only one in a state of disbelief.
So were the hometown fans, many of whom had all but thrown in the towel on their team’s chances of winning after they got off to a rough start in the opening period.
But that trend changed in the middle frame, thanks to Gartly, who gave his club its first glimmer of hope after notching the first goal of the game to cut the lead to 4-1.
It proved to be a sign of things to come for the Vikings, which reduced the deficit to two goals after 40 minutes before exploding for three more in the final three minutes and 20 second to lift the 21-year hex.
The Vikings finished second in their pool at the 10-team international hockey tournament.
Victories included a 5-1 win over the Czech National team, a 4-2 win over the Swede’s and a 5-4 over Manitoba .
The club then moved on to defeat Saskatchewan 5-0 in the first round of the playoffs before disposing of the Alberta Junior ‘A’ Selects 3-1 in the semi’s.

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