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Saints look to extend eight game winning streak against struggling Spartans

Jordan Wood tries to score for Selkirk versus Trinity Western. - Craig Lindsay
Jordan Wood tries to score for Selkirk versus Trinity Western.
— image credit: Craig Lindsay

The Selkirk College Men’s Hockey

program will look to build on the best start in team history and further

tighten their hold on top spot in the British Columbia Intercollegiate

Hockey League standings when they visit Trinity Western University in

Langley, B.C. for a pair of weekend games on Friday (7:00PM) and

Saturday (1:00PM).

 

 

 

The weekend represents the team’s second visit to the Lower Mainland in

a span of seven days, as the Saints are coming off a milestone win at

SFU on Saturday night. The victory was the first-ever for Selkirk over

the perennial BCIHL leaders and snapped a 25-game home unbeaten streak

for the Clan at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre in Burnaby.

 

 

 

But the dynamic will likely be different in Langley on Friday when the

Saints face off against a TWU squad that is still looking for its first

regular season victory. The Spartans head into action with a 0-7 record

including a 0-3 mark on home ice.

 

 

 

"On paper there may be a gap between ourselves and TWU in the standings,

but they’re a hard-working, disciplined team that will come out very

hungry for a win," says Saints head coach Jeff Dubois. "We need to

approach these games with the same work ethic, intensity and preparation

that went in to our wins over TRU and SFU last weekend. Anything less

would be a real disappointment given the faith we’ve placed in the

character level of our group."

 

 

 

Selkirk has faced the Spartans on one previous occasion this season,

having picked up a 6-1 win in their home opener at the Castlegar Rec

Complex on October 12th. That game saw linemates Logan Proulx and Jordan

Wood each collect three points while the Saints fired a season-high 64

shots on TWU netminder Harry Fredeman, who made a number of spectacular

saves in the loss.

 

 

 

The Saints are dealing with a number of injuries as the weekend

approaches. Forward Cody Fidgett and Thomas Hardy, who sit third and

fifth in league scoring, each suffered lower body injuries on last

weekend’s road trip and may not be ready to rejoin the line-up this

weekend. Blueliner Lucas Hildebrand, meanwhile, missed Saturday’s game

at SFU and is day-to-day.

 

 

 

Saints Notes: Selkirk’s current eight-game winning streak is the longest

by any team to begin a BCIHL season, surpassing the previous mark of six

originally set by the University of the Fraser Valley in 2007/08 and

since matched twice by SFU.

 

 

 

The Saints continue to dominate the BCIHL scoring leaders, with team

captain Jordan Wood leading the way with 19 points in 8 games. Forwards

Logan Proulx, Thomas, Hardy, Cody Fidgett and Scott Swiston and

defenceman Dylan Smith round out the top six while Connor McLaughlin and

Beau Taylor sit eighth and 10th respectively.

 

 

 

After going scoreless through four games to begin the regular season,

McLaughlin has been on fire in recent weeks. The former Fernie

Ghostriders MVP has scored eight times in the past four games with that

 

goal total good for second overall in the BCIHL behind Wood’s 10.

 

 

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