Junior Kyle Mana (left) and senior Billy Holbrook (right) after their game on Saturday, Jan. 5. // Photo by Scott Blumenfeld
This week’s Viking athlete of the week is Billy Holbrook from the Western hockey team after his outing against the rivaling University of Washington Huskies.
This weekend the Vikings took on the Huskies in a two-game weekend matchup, as both teams walked away with a win.
On Friday, Jan. 6, the game ended in a 6-5 Husky win followed by a game on Saturday, Jan. 7, that ended 6-4 in favor of the Vikings.
Holbrook came up huge scoring five goals and three assists on the weekend.
“It was pretty good to put some goals on the board, ultimately we need to win so that’s the most important thing.”
On Friday, Jan. 6, the 6-foot-3 senior forward scored one goal and had one assist, while on Saturday, Jan. 7, Holbrook scored his hat-trick goal midway through the second period that lead to the Vikings capturing the win and breaking their six-game losing streak.
“It was pretty good to put some goals on the board, ultimately we need to win so that’s the most important thing,” Holbrook said. “We’ve been struggling for a bit now just in the wins category, so it was nice to finally put one on the board.”
Holbrook serves as the club’s president, team captain and current point leader all while pursuing a major in computer science. With 18 goals and 20 assists in just 20 games this season, the Alaska-native is averaging 1.90 points per game.
The Vikings are now 7-11-1 on the season.
This weekend, the Vikings take on Montana State University in a doubleheader starting on Friday, Jan. 13 at 10:15 p.m. followed by Saturday, Jan. 14 at 7:00 p.m.
The Vikings are looking to return to the championships after winning the National Collegiate Hockey Association championship in 2013.
In 2015, Western rejoined the American Collegiate Hockey Association after their short stint in the NCHA, which came to an end due to WWU Sports Club policies.
According to Western’s hockey about page, the policies were in regards to the removal of Whatcom Community College athletes who participated in non-ACHA sanctioned games.