Selkirk College Hockey Team Has Shot at History
The Selkirk College Saints disposed of the University of Victoria Vikes in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Junior Hockey League (BCIHL) semi-final over the weekend and will now compete for an unprecedented third straight league championship.
Playing before a raucous home crowd at the Castlegar Recreation Centre, the Saints triumphed 4-3 in a thrilling overtime game on Friday night and followed it up with a decisive 4-1 win on Saturday to claim the series sweep.
The rowdy Selkirk College fanbase at the Castlegar Recreation Centre is one of the reasons the Saints perform so well at their home arena.
“There’s something about playoffs… the team gets into this mentality where we want to compete hard and it’s all about work ethic,” said defenceman Lucas Hildebrand, who was a key member of the Saints teams that captured BCIHL titles in the last two seasons. “It’s fun to be a part of and I’m having a blast.”
The Saints will now host the best-of-three BCIHL Championship starting Friday night against the Simon Fraser University Clan. The Clan finished fourth in the BCIHL regular season, but upset number-one seed Trinity Western in the other semi-final with two straight wins. The Saints gain home ice because they are the higher ranked team.
Read the weekend wrap at selkirk.ca.
The puck drops on Game One at 7 p.m. at the Castlegar Recreation Centre on Friday night. Game Two will also start at 7 p.m. on Saturday and if necessary Game Three will be played on Sunday (time to be determined). Advance tickets are available at the Castlegar Gym.