Saints find road success

The Selkirk College Saints received a decent grade last weekend as the BCIHL team crammed three games into three days on the road

The Selkirk College Saints received a decent grade last weekend as the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League team crammed three games into three days on the road

The Saints took 5-of-6 points on the coastal road trip, beating Trinity Western Spartans 2-1 in Langley Friday, before losing 4-3 in a shootout to Simon Fraser University (SFU) Saturday, and bouncing back with a 4-3 victory over the University of Victoria Vikings in the B.C. capital on Sunday.

Matt Martin and Trail native Dallas Calvin scored in the final three minutes to overcome a 3-2 deficit against the Vikes and win their 10th game of the season. Calvin netted the winner with 42 seconds to play, converting a nice setup from Ryan Edwards and Jamie Vlanich for the win, as James Prigione stopped 27 shots in goal for Selkirk. Dane Feeney and Tyler Branzsen scored the other goals for the Saints, while former Trail Smoke Eaters Cody Bardock and Ryan Edwards each had two assists.

Bardock is a new addition to the Saints, coming from Lethbridge, the 22-year-old six-foot-four, 220-pound defenceman has three assists in his first three games. Bardock played in 11 games for the Smoke Eaters in 2013-14, scoring a goal and adding four assists.

The victory puts the Saints within one point of the league-leading 11-4-0 SFU.

Simon Fraser’s Mathew Berry-Lamontagna scored in a shoot out, while goalie Jordan Liem denied all three Selkirk shooters in a match against the BCIHL’s top two teams. Jono Ceci scored twice to put SFU up 2-0, but two goals from Vlanich and one from Edwards gave the Saints a 3-2 lead early in the third period. However, Ceci set up Tyler Basham with 8:30 remaining to tie it and send the game to OT.

Liem stopped 42 shots for SFU, while Brett Huber made 21 in net for the Saints.

On Friday, Ashton McLeod broke a 1-1 tie, scoring the winner on the power play with 8:37 to play for the 2-1 victory over TWU. Feeney scored the other Saints goal to tie it at 4:45 of the first, as Prigione stopped 24 shots in net for the win, while Silas Matthys stopped 32 for the Spartans.

The Saints are on the road this weekend in a match in Eastern Washinton University, before returning home Jan. 29 for a tilt versus Trinity Western.