Saints put undefeated streak on the line Saturday against defending league champs UVic

Selkirk College Saints mens hockey team host the University of Victoria Saturday night at the Castlegar Complex.

  • Oct. 25, 2012 10:00 a.m.

The Selkirk College Saints Men’s Hockey program will look to exit the month of October with a perfect

record and eclipse last season’s wins total in the process when they

host the University of Victoria on Saturday at the Castlegar Recreation

Complex. Faceoff is set for 7:30 PM.

 

The Saints currently sit atop the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League

standings with a 5-0 record, tying them for the most regular season

victories by a Selkirk hockey team since they joined the league for the

2007/08 season. And the squad has been dominant on home ice to open the

year, outscoring opponents by a 25-2 margin over three games.

 

But the Vikes have provided Selkirk’s toughest test to date, as the

Saints opened the regular season with back-to-back one-goal wins,

including an overtime victory, in Victoria at the beginning of October.

 

“UVic are the defending league champions and they’re going to come in

hungry on Saturday night after a slow start to their season,” says

Saints head coach Jeff Dubois. “Our group has been playing very well and

putting forward the types of efforts that you need to be successful, but

Saturday’s game will challenge our guys to maintain their high level of

play and not let our record affect their preparation or focus.”

 

The Saints have been scoring early and often to start the season with an

average of 6.8 goals per game. And the BCIHL’s Scoring Leaders includes

eight Saints in the Top 10, including defencemen Dylan Smith and Kam

Crawford and forwards Jordan Wood, Logan Proulx, Cody Fidgett and Thomas

Hardy occupying the top six spots.

 

The Vikes, meanwhile, feature former League MVP Matthew Bell, who is

currently tied for the team’s points lead with four in as many games.

BCHL grads Shawn Mueller and Brad Robinson and former AJHL captain Evan

Warner also highlight UVic’s forward corps, while 2012 BCIHL all-star

goaltender Sunny Gill has started three of the team’s four games.

 

Tickets for Saturday’s games will be available at the door for $8

(Adults) and $5 (Selkirk students & staff, seniors, children 6 & older).

Season passes are also still available at special rates on game nights.

For more information on Saints single game tickets and passes, visit

GoSaints.ca.

 

SAINTS NOTES: The Saints’ beer garden will be back up and running on

Saturday night following a one-week hiatus.

 

This weekend’s game marks Selkirk’s final appearance on home ice until

November 24th when Eastern Washington visits Castlegar. The Saints will

travel to face Thompson Rivers and Simon Fraser on November 2nd and 3rd

and Trinity Western in Langley, B.C. for a Friday/Saturday doubleheader

on November 9th and 10th before a rare weekend off on the 16th/17th.

 

Defenceman Dylan Smith is the BCIHL’s reigning Player of the Week

following a nine-point weekend against TRU. Smith now leads all BCIHL

scorers with 12 points in five games. Saints captain Jordan Wood was

named an Honourable Mention for the weekly award after picking up a hat

trick and four points on Friday and two assists on Saturday.