BCIHL – Selkirk Saints host Simon Fraser University in final

Selkirk College will open the 2013 BCIHL Championships on Friday night at the Nelson and District Community Complex.

Selkirk College will open the 2013 BCIHL Championships on Friday night at the Nelson and District Community Complex against Simon Fraser University.

Games 1 and 2 of the best-of-three series will be played in Nelson with 7:30 p.m. start times on Friday and Saturday respectively due to a conflict with the KIJHL playoffs in Castlegar. Game 3 – if necessary – will be played at the Castlegar Recreation Complex at 6 p.m. on Sunday.

The Saints enter the finals as the BCIHL’s top-ranked team after finishing first in the regular season standings with a record of 21 wins and three losses.

Selkirk set records for both wins and points this season and picked up victories in all four games against SFU.

But the second-place Clan is no pushover, as their roster features a number of former WHL and BCHL players including goaltender Graeme Gordon, who led the Vernon Vipers to a National Championship in 2010, and former Trail Smoke Eaters sniper Nick Sandor.

SFU placed four players in the Top-10 in league scoring and outscored Thompson Rivers University 11-3 in a first-round series sweep last weekend.

The games in Nelson will represent a homecoming for Saints forward Connor McLaughlin, who was a member of the Nelson Leafs’ 2009 KIJHL championship-winning squad.

He spent three seasons in the Green and White, appearing in 136 games.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors, children and Selkirk College students and staff.