Saints capture regular season title

The Selkirk College Saints hockey team put a lock on the regular season title on the weekend with a pair of wins on the road.

The Selkirk College Saints hockey team put a lock on the regular season title on the weekend with a pair of wins on the road in BC Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) action.

The Saints marched to victory with a convincing 5-0 victory over Simon Fraser University on Friday, before mounting an impressive come-from-behind 6-3 win over the Trinity Western University Spartans on Saturday.

The Saints went into the weekend games trailing SFU by one point, but the two victories put Selkirk up by three points with one game to play as they clinch home ice for the Mar. 11 playoff start and begin their quest for an unprecedented fourth consecutive BCIHL championship.

“When we started the regular season, first place was the ultimate goal because playing before the tremendous support we receive in Castlegar is huge benefit in the playoffs,” Saints head coach Brent Heaven told Selkirk communications rep Bob Hall. “The boys came into this weekend determined to return home with a pair of wins. The entire team played great in both games and the two wins were well deserved.”

In Friday’s match, after a scoreless first frame, the Saints erupted for three goals in the second period to take a commanding lead into the third. Trail native Ryan Edwards finished a pretty passing play with Jamie Vlanich to score what proved to be the winning goal at 18:01, then former Trail Smoke Eater Dallas Calvin tallied his 18th of the season midway through the period, before Tanner Lenting made it 3-0 on an Edwards assist.

James Prigione earned the shut out, stopping 22 shots, while Steve Pantazopoulos and Troy Maclise netted the final two markers into an empty net as SFU struggled to find momentum.

Calvin was named the games first star, with Edwards and Pantazopoulos taking second and third star honours.

“Simon Fraser has been playing some great hockey this season and they are a very good team,” says Heaven. “We’ve had our struggles in their arena, so to see the team play that well against a top-notch team was very rewarding.”

On Saturday, the Saints found themselves down 3-1 heading, but a spirited come back lifted the team to the 6-3 victory over TWU. Tylor Branzsen scored twice for the Saints including the winning goal 1:09 into the third period to give the Saints a 4-3 lead. Edwards and Calvin each had two assists on the night, while Dane Feeney, Pantazopoulos, Derek Georgopoulos, and Alex Milligan netted the other goals for the Saints.

Selkirk outshot the Spartans 43-22 with Brett Huber collecting the win in net, and Branzsen earning the game’s first star.

“Fighting adversity and staying composed when you are behind is vital when it comes to playoffs,” says Heaven. “That was a great comeback and what makes it even more encouraging is that every player contributed in an important way to ensure it happened. It was a great way to clinch first overall.”

The Saints wrap up the regular season on Saturday night against the Eastern Washington University Eagles at the Castlegar Rec Complex at 7 p.m. Playoffs start on Mar. 11 when Selkirk will host the University of Victoria Vikings, with the best-of-three series starting Friday at 7 p.m.

Just Posted

FILE – Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, takes part in an event on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Indigenous Peoples Day must be a ‘call to action’, says Assembly of First Nations chief

Discovery of children at Kamloops residential school site must lead to change, Perry Bellegarde says

Trees blown over by a windstorm in forest owned by Anderson Creek Timber. Photo: Anderson Creek Timber
Timber company logging near Nelson raises local concerns

Anderson Creek Timber owns 600 hectares of forest adjacent to the city

Keith Smyth, Kootenay Savings director at-large joins children from the Kids’ Care Centre at St. Michael’s Catholic School. Photo: Submitted
Kootenay Savings continues credit union’s tradition of giving

Funding totalling $48,250, is going to a wide array of Kootenay initiatives

From left: Karl Luedtke (West Arm Outdoors Club), Dale Williams (BCWF), Molly Teather (FLNORD), Gord Grunerud (West Arm Outdoors Club), Eugene Volokhov (Grand Prize Winner), Casey McKinnon and Lex Jones (Jones Boys Boats). Photo: Tammy White, Whitelight Photography
Balfour man lands big prize from angler incentive program

Eugene Volokhov of Balfour is now the proud owner of a sleek 18-foot Kingfisher boat

“I want to see the difference in the world, embrace it, celebrate it … ” Photo: David Cantelli/Unsplash
A new way to say ‘Hello’

“Inclusion, you see, is NOT about making us all the same.”

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
VIDEO: Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Canadians

Eligible travellers must still take multiple COVID-19 tests

Chilliwack secondary school’s principal is apologizing after a quote equating graduation with the end of slavery in the U.S. was included in the 2020-2021 yearbook. (Screenshot from submitted SnapChat)
B.C. student’s yearbook quote equates grad to end of slavery; principal cites editing error

Black former student ‘disgusted’ as CSS principal apologizes for what is called an editing error

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross. (Photo by Peter Versteege)
BC Liberal leadership candidate condemns ‘senseless violence’ of Okanagan church fires

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross says reconciliation isn’t about revenge for past tragedies

A coroner’s inquest will be taking place at the Capitol Theatre in Port Alberni for the next week. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Teen B.C. mom who died following police custody recalled as ‘friend to many’

Police sent Jocelyn George to hospital after intoxication had gone ‘beyond the realm’ of normal detox

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2020, file photo, Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta. Nassib on Monday, June 21, 2021, became the first active NFL player to come out as gay. Nassib announced the news on Instagram, saying he was not doing it for the attention but because “I just think that representation and visibility are so important.” (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
Nassib becomes first active NFL player to come out as gay

More than a dozen NFL players have come out as gay after their careers were over

Penticton Indian Band Chief Greg Gabriel speaks to the Sacred Hearts Catholic Church burning down early Monday morning, June 21, 2021. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Penticton band chief condemns suspicious burning of 2 Catholic churches

Both Catholic church fires are deemed suspicious, says RCMP

COVID-19 daily cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day moving average to June 17, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infections drop to 90 on Sunday, 45 Monday

Pandemic spread dwindles as 77% of adults receive vaccine

By protesting uninvited in First Nations’ territories, conservationists are acting in a neocolonial or paternalistic manner, says Huu-ay-aht Chief Robert Dennis. Photo by Heather Thomson
A closer look: do Vancouver Island First Nations support the war in the woods?

First Nations/environmentalist old growth alliance uneasy, if it exists at all

A blood drive in support of 1-year-old Rielynn Gormley of Agassiz is scheduled for Monday, June 28 at Tzeachten First Nation Community Hall in Chilliwack. Rielynn lives with type 3 von Willebrand disease, which makes it difficult for her to stop bleeding. (Screenshot/Canadian Blood Services)
Upcoming blood drive in honour of Fraser Valley toddler with rare blood condition

The Gormley family has organized a blood drive in Chilliwack on June 28

Most Read