Hockey: Saints sweep series with Keyano College

The Selkirk College Saints began their five-game preseason schedule against Alberta college league opponents on a winning note this weekend.

The Selkirk College Saints began their five-game preseason schedule against Alberta college league opponents on a winning note this weekend, sweeping a two-game series with Fort McMurray-based Keyano College.

The teams faced off in Nelson on Friday night in a high-scoring match-up that finally ended in the Saints’ favour with a Dylan Smith overtime goal to cap a 7-6 victory. Selkirk never trailed in the game and twice held two-goal leads, but the Huskies fought back and tied the game with 12 seconds in regulation to force the extra frame.

Cody Fidgett and Stefan Gonzales each scored twice in the game, while Darnell Dyck and Scott Swiston added singles. Former Major Junior product Scott Sandercock led the way offensively for Keyano College with a goal and four assists.

The series then wrapped up on Saturday in Castlegar, where the Saints took a 3-1 lead through two periods and held on through a scoreless third for their second win in as many days. Cody Fidgett and linemate Thomas Hardy once again paced the Selkirk scoring, with Fidgett scoring the team’s second and third goals off Hardy set-ups. Jackson Garrett opened the scoring for the hosts with a first period marker.

James Prigione picked up the win in net for the Saints on Friday, while Aaron Oakley was stellar in his college debut on Saturday. Oakley stopped 31 shots in the 3-1 victory and made a number of tough stops to keep his team ahead by a pair when they ran into penalty trouble in the third period.

“Keyano College came as advertised,” says Saints head coach Jeff Dubois. “They were big, physical and worked very hard right through the line-up.” We let things get away from us defensively on Friday night and were very pleased with how the guys responded on Saturday.”

The Saints will play Trinity Western at home on Sept. 28 to close out their exhibition season.