After upsetting then-undefeated Eastern Washington University in two straight games last weekend, the Selkirk College Saints looked to build on their winning ways against Trinity Western University (TWU).
Unfortunately, the Spartans had other plans as they swept the home town Saints in two straight games at the Castlegar Community Complex: 5-3 on Saturday, and 4-3 on Sunday.
“It was a weekend where we wanted to get four points, needed to get four points, but it didn’t go as we wanted,” said Saint’s forward Jordan Wood. “We wanted to win both and couldn’t really afford to lose to the last place team in the league.”
On Friday, Selkirk got on the board first with Nick Cecconi scoring at 9:40 of the first period assisted by Caleb Georgetti and Justin Sotkowy. Trinity stormed back with two in a row to end the first up 2-1.
Wood, the Saint’s top scorer, notched a pair in the second period to put Selkirk up 3-2. Both goals were assisted by Sotkowy and Sandro Moser.
Trinity Western would tie at 15:54 of the third with a short-handed goal by Kyle Benjamin.
Brandon Long got the winner for the Spartans at 6:33 and also scored an insurance marker at 2:54 to give the visitors the 5-3 victory.
“We need to work on finishing the games off,” said Wood. “We had a 3-2 lead going into the third period and fell apart. We need to be able to play with a lead and hold on to it. We can’t be losing any more games we’re leading if we’re going to make the play-offs.”
The two teams played again on Sunday at the Castlegar Complex. Selkirk once again struck first with Adam Makaroff scoring at 18:44 of the first period assisted by Scott Jago and Wood.
Trinity Western then scored four unanswered goals, including three in the second period, to go up 4-1.
Moser and Garrett Kucher scored third period goals for the Saints to cut the gap to two and one goals respectively, but Selkirk couldn’t get the equalizer and lost 4-3.
The Saints are now tied for fifth place in the BCIHL with Thompson Rivers University with six points, although the Wolfpack has three games in hand.
Selkirk’s next game is Nov. 26 in Kelowna against Okanagan College.
“We’ve played them twice and both games were really close,” said Wood. “Both games were one goal I think. We had a lead and they came back and won. So we’ll see, it should be a real good game. Hopefully we’ll get a win this time.”
The Saints don’t play at home again until after Christmas when they host league leading Simon Fraser University from Burnaby on Jan. 14 and 15.