A boisterous home crowd and pre-game banner raising ceremony fuelled the Selkirk College Saints to a convincing 5-1 victory over the Eastern Washington University Eagles on Friday night at the Castlegar Community Recreation Complex.
Returning to the comforts of home ice after a rough regular season start that saw the Saints drop all three games on the road, the two-time defending BC Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) champions got back on track.
With a crowd of more than 500 in attendance, the Saints raised the 2013-14 BCIHL banner to the rafters of the complex and then went to work at showing why they are a threat for a three-peat.
“We had our best practices of the year in this last week, just going back to the basics and working hard,” said veteran defenceman Arie Postmus after the game.
“Our first three games of the season were unacceptable and we lost our identity a bit, but I thought tonight with the ceremony at the start it helped show all the guys what we are here for and it got us going for the whole night.”