Saints begin quest for BCIHL title

The Selkirk College Saints begin their quest for a third straight BCIHL championship this weekend.

The Selkirk College Saints begin their quest for a third straight British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) championship this weekend as they take on University of Victoria Vikes in a best-of-three series at the Castlegar Rec Complex.

The Saints clinched home ice in the first round by defeating University of Victoria by scores of 7-1 and 6-2 two weeks ago on Vancouver Island. However, those games appeared closer than the final outcome.

“Those victories over the Vikes this month were not easy,” says Saints Head Coach Alex Evin. “They are a hard working team and definitely had their moments to keep the game within reach. Fortunately for us our special teams were clutch and out goaltender was sharp or it would have been a lot closer.”

The Saints have a 4-0-0 record against the Vikes this season, but every contest has been hard fought and intense. Back in late-November, the Saints came from behind to win in a shootout 5-4. The following afternoon they needed late game heroics to tie the game in the final minute before Lucas Hildebrand scored the winner in overtime.

Faceoff for Game 1 is scheduled for 8 p.m. tonight at the Castlegar Rec Center.  with Game 2 at 7 p.m. Saturday, and 5:30 p.m. if necessary on Sunday.