SALT LAKE CITY – For the Viewmont Vikings hockey team, the week off between hockey games did them some good.
Jeremy Wiser scored twice, and P.J. Tanner picked up a goal and an assist Monday night against Skyline as the Vikings came back from a two-goal deficit to beat the Skyline Eagles 5-2 Monday night.
The win improved the team’s overall record to 7-1, and also marked the team’s second consecutive win and third in their last four games, all on the road.
“The win wasn’t easy as they are an excellent hockey team,” said Vikings coach Roger Barrus, who stepped in for Brian Acord Monday night. “It was evident between periods that the players were shocked at the quality of our opponent.”
The Vikings fell behind early when Skyline’s Daniel Brickley scored less than five minutes into the first period, giving the Eagles a 1-0 lead. On the goal, Nick Fornelius picked up an assist, his only one of the night.
Less than five minutes later, Joseph Romero took a pass from Parker Steffensen to give the Eagles their second and final goal of the game, taking a 2-0 lead with 3:48 to play, but leaving plenty of time for the Vikings to come back.
Skyline’s Sam Littleton started the goal with a pass to Steffensen, who passed to Romero for the goal.
From that point on, however, it was all Vikings as Viewmont scored four goals in the second period to take a two-goal lead.
“We adjusted our game plan after that first period,” said Barrus. “We added a defenseman and changed two of our offensive lines, and it was awesome to see the players come together and work as a unit.”
Jacob Wiser and Isaac Pantke teamed up for the first goal in the second period, which occurred only 14 seconds into the start of the period. It was the first of two assists on the night for Jacob Wiser, who worked with his brothers, Jeremy and Tyler, on the Vikings’ second goal as well.
The trio of Wiser brothers accounted for the game-tying goal with 9:51 remaining in the second period. The assists went to Jacob and Tyler with the goal coming from Jeremy.
Overall, it was the third time in which all three Wiser’s have accounted for a single goal, either by scoring or assisting one another.
Viewmont took the lead for good with a goal from Alex Barrus with 7:53 left in the second period, scoring off a great pass from P.J. Tanner for the 3-2 Vikings lead.
Tanner picked up a goal two minutes later, capping off a four-goal period for the Vikings while giving them a 4-2 lead.
“It was good to hear the team recognize that they can overcome adversity if they work together,” said Barrus. “There wasn’t an individual that really deserves more credit than anyone else. They pushed themselves to exhaustion that game.”
Jeremy Wiser capped off the scoring for the Vikings with a third-period goal, occurring less than two minutes into the period.
At the net, Trey Johnson stopped 22 of 24 shots and played very well, said Barrus.
“He had numerous quality shots put on him and he made some amazing saves,” said Barrus. “Most of the credit goes to him, he really came through for us.”
Johnson held the Eagles scoreless in the second and third periods to pick up a win at the net. Jeremy Wiser’s pair of goals gives him 14 on the season, which leads the team.
The Vikings’ next game will be on Wednesday, Dec. 5 against the Salt Lake Independent Sabres. The game will be at the South Davis Recreation Center and will be the first home game for the Vikings since Oct. 24.