Saints’ destiny in own hands

The Selkirk College Saints gained a point on the Simon Fraser University Clansmen on the weekend

The Selkirk College Saints gained a point on the Simon Fraser University Clansmen on the weekend, and with one game in hand, the Saints can capture another BC Intercollegiate Hockey League title with wins in their final two games of the season.

The Saints skated to a 4-3 win over SFU at the Castlegar Rec Centre on Friday, before dropping a 3-2 game in an overtime shoot out on Saturday. The Saints trail the Clan by a single point for top spot in the BCIHL standings, and will face SFU and Trinity Western to close out the season this weekend.

Selkirk College held a 2-1 lead right down to the final 37 seconds when Mathew Berry-Lamontagna beat James Prigione to tie the game and send it to overtime.

However, the extra frames solved nothing and after the Saints’ Dallas Calvin and SFU’s Jono Ceci missed on their opening shots, Selkirk’s Dane Feeney would also be stymied by SFU goalie Jordan Liem. The clan’s Berry-Lamontagna then made the Saints pay beating Prigione for the win, as Tylor Branzsen missed on the Saints final attempt.

Selkirk jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead on goals from Arie Postmus, and Branzsen. But Graham Smerek drew the Clan within one on a power play goal with less than two minutes left in the middle frame, before Berry Lamontanga tied it.

Each goalie faced 31 shots on the night and were game stars.

In Friday’s match, the Saints scored four times in the second period, to take a 4-1 lead, then hold in the third for the 4-3 victory.

Alex Milligan, Marcel Fuchs, Branzsen, and Ryan Sookro scored for the Saints, while Michael Sandor, Berry-Lamontagna, and Ceci for the Clan.

Selkirk College plays Simon Fraser University in Burnaby Friday and faces Trinity Western in Langley on Saturday night.

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