The Selkirk College Men’s Hockey program continued their unbeaten start to the 2013/14 season, scoring five goals in the second period en route to an 8-2 victory over Thompson Rivers University at the Castlegar Recreation Complex on Friday night.
The teams will meet again in Castlegar on Saturday night to wrap the two-game weekend series.
Matt Luongo opened the scoring midway through the first period when he deflected a Mason Spear centering feed past TRU starter Stephen Wolff. The goal marked Luongo’s first goal as a Saint. Spear then doubled the lead in the closing minutes of the period when he jumped on a turnover deep in the TRU zone and converted with a five-hole shot.
The Saints then took control of the game in the second period courtesy of leading scorer Connor McLaughlin, who scored back-to-back goals on fine individual efforts. First, he took a pass from linemate Scott Swiston and undressed a TRU defender before scoring on a nifty backhand deke. Minutes later he broke through the neutral zone, deked a pair of defencemen and beat Wolff with a snapshot from the top of the circle.
Selkirk would strike three more times in the span of 2:16 to put the game out of reach, as a pair of Cody Fidgett power-play goals sandwiched a Jackson Garrett tally. TRU would go on to score a pair in the third period but never came closer than six goals back of the Saints‘ lead.
Aaron Oakley made 25 saves in his BCIHL regular season debut, while Wolff — who joined TRU this summer following a season with the Saints — allowed seven goals on 30 shots before giving way to Chris Solecki for the third period.
“We were rolling offensively tonight and made the most of the scoring opportunities we generated,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois. “There were some stretches where we weren’t happy with how we played in our defensive zone, and it was probably one of those nights where the score covers up the fact that we struggled in some areas. TRU showed some fight in the third period and sent the message that we’ll need to play a more complete game tomorrow night to get another win.”
The rematch goes at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Castlegar Community Complex.