Selkirk Saints ground EWU Eagles

The Selkirk College Saints mounted a third period comeback, scoring three unanswered goals to down the Eastern Washington Universtiy Eagles.

The Selkirk College Saints mounted a third period comeback, scoring three unanswered goals to down Eastern Washington Universtiy Eagles 4-3 on the road in Cheney, WA.

Trailing 3-1 heading into the final frame, Selkirk found the offence it needed from second-year forward Matt Martin. The 22-year-old Surrey native brought the Saints within one at the 17:58 mark of the period on a setup from Jamie Vlanich and Arie Postmus, and then tied the game with 11:14 remaining in regulation.

Nelson’s Ryon Sookro then built on Selkirk’s new-found momentum, converting a Derek Georgopoulos pass for the go-ahead goal just 35 seconds later to secure the Saints’ third consecutive win over EWU.

The Saints leading scorer Dallas Calvin left the game early with a lower body injury, and it is uncertain when he will return.

Following a scoreless first period, the Eagles took control of the game in the second period with goals from Brett Mathews, Ty Flynn and Beau Walker.

Alex Milligan had tied it at 1-1 on a power-play at 13:51 for the Saints with the assist going to defenceman Danny Vlanich of Trail but found themselves down 3-1 after two.

A good sign for the Saints is that they received much needed secondary scoring from Milligan, Martin and Sookro, while James Prigione made 28 saves for the Saints and picked up the win, but had to leave the game midway through the third period.

Brett Huber came on in relief and stopped both shots he faced. Austin Brihn allowed four goals on 28 shots in the loss.

Selkirk sits atop the BCIHL standings with a 7-2-0 record while the 2-7-0 Eagles are now mired in a five-game losing streak and sit in last place in BCIHL standings. The teams meet again Saturday at the EWU Recreation Complex in Cheney.