Saints quest for fourth title begins

The Selkirk College Saints are moving into dynasty territory if they can pull off their fourth straight BCIHL championship this weekend.

The Selkirk College Saints are moving into dynasty territory if they can pull off their fourth straight BC Intercollegiate Hockey League championship this weekend.

The Saints defeated the University of Victoria Vikes 3-1 on Sunday to take the best-of-three series two games to one and advance to the final against Trinity Western University Spartans, who eliminated Simon Fraser University in two straight.

The number-1 ranked Saints beat the fourth seeded Vikes 4-3 on Friday at the Castlegar Rec Centre, before falling to Uvic 3-2 in overtime on Saturday to force the third and deciding match.

Selkirk College led 1-0 on a short-handed goal from Trail native Jamie Vlanich midway through the first period, on a perfect pass from Arie Postmus. The Saints bombarded the Vikes goal with 20 shots but could only solve Uvic goalis Scott Legault the one time.

Following a more even and scoreless second period, the Saints brought the pressure again, and Ryon Sookro lifted in a rebound off a Ryan Edwards shot to score the game winner at 10:55.

“It was exciting, I wanted to make an impact,” Sookro told Bob Hall, Selkirk communiciations rep. “Their goaltender played well and when that happens it’s tough, but you just have to keep getting shots and it will work out in the end.”

UVic’s Aaron Enns cut the lead to one with 8:13 to play, but Dallas Calvin netted his second point of the night scoring into an empty net for the 3-1 final.

The Saints begin their quest for an unprecedented fourth BCIHL title on Friday when they take on the TWU Spartans at the Castlegar Rec Complex at 7 p.m. Game 2 goes at the same time and place Saturday, with Game 3 going at 6 p.m. Sunday if necessary.