Saints ready for match-up of BCIHL unbeatens with Thompson Rivers

The Selkirk College Saints Men's Hockey program will face a stiff challenge this weekend to keep their perfect regular season record intact

Selkirk players Scott Swiston and Connor McLaughlin are ready to bring on the competition.

Selkirk players Scott Swiston and Connor McLaughlin are ready to bring on the competition.

The Selkirk College Saints Men’s Hockey program will face a stiff challenge this weekend to keep their perfect regular season record intact when the Thompson Rivers University

WolfPack visit the Castlegar Recreation Complex for a pair of games on

Friday and Saturday nights. Both match-ups are set for a 7:30 PM

face-off.

 

The Saints have picked up wins in their first three games to begin the

2011/12 B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League regular season, most recently

topping Trinity Western University by a 6-1 score in their home opener

on October 12th. The WolfPack, meanwhile, boast a 2-0 record after a

road victory at TWU and a home win over the University of Victoria.

 

“Thompson Rivers is traditionally one of the top teams in the BCIHL and

all signs point to this year’s squad meeting that high standard,” says

Saints head coach Jeff Dubois. “We’re approaching this weekend as a very

tough test to see where we’re at as a team at this point in the season.

TRU always comes out hard and looks to dictate the physical tempo of the

game, and I expect our group to be ready for that.”

 

Scoring has thus far come in bunches for Selkirk early in the year, with

15 goals for through three games. Saints forwards Logan Proulx, Thomas

Hardy and Jordan Wood all sit in the Top 10 in BCIHL scoring while

wingers Cody Fidgett and Beau Taylor sit just outside that group. The

WolfPack possess a potent offence of their own led by former KIJHL

95-point man Colten DeFrias. The rookie winger leads all league goal

scorers with four through two games.

 

TRU’s roster also includes a number of players familiar to hockey fans

in the West Kootenays, including a trio of former Castlegar Rebels in

forward Anthony Delong and blueliners Cody Rose and Ben Bula. Also

featuring on defence for the WolfPack is team captain and former Trail

Smoke Eater Curtis Tonello.

 

Tickets for Friday and 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: Forward Ben Starbuck has been added to the Saints roster

and may factor into the team’s line-up at some point this weekend. The

Kaslo, B.C. native is a veteran of three collegiate seasons with the

University of Alberta-Augustana, which competes in the Alberta Colleges

Athletics Conference.

 

Starbuck has a 20-goal season in the ACAC on his resume and totaled 30

goals and 45 points over 62 regular games with the Vikings, plus three

points in six postseason appearances.