Selkirk College goaltender Alex Sirard was fantastic between the pipes as the Saints defeated SFU on Friday night at the Nelson and District Community Complex.

Selkirk takes 1-0 series lead in Nelson

The Selkirk College Saints gritted out a win to move one step closer to a BC Intercollegiate Hockey League title.



The Selkirk College Saints gritted out a win on Friday night at the Nelson and District Community Complex to move one step closer to a BC Intercollegiate Hockey League title.

The Saints received outstanding goaltending from Alex Sirard and physically dominated the Simon Fraser University Clansmen on their way to a 2-0 victory.

The regular season champion Saints played their first game of the season in Nelson due to the Castlegar Rebels occupying the Castlegar Community Complex for Friday night’s KIJHL semi final series opener. An appreciative crowd was on hand to cheer on the Saints.

Selkirk set the tone early with tenacious work and hard hits in the first ten minutes of the opening period. Former Nelson Junior Leaf forward Connor McLaughlin had the hit of the night midway through the opening frame when he laid out SFU’s Taylor Swaffield.

Stellar goaltending by both Sirard and SFU starter Graeme Gordon kept both teams off the scoreboard in the first period. The Saints held the edge in shots 11-7.

The teams kept up their back-and-forth play for most of the second period. With three minutes left in the middle period, SFU had several glorious chances in close but Sirard shut the door with confidence to keep the game scoreless.

Thirty second after Sirard’s heroics, Saints forward Cody Fidgett got a piece of a Dylan Smith shot front from the point that fooled Gordon and gave Selkirk the 1-0 lead.

The Saints kept coming and with just over a minute left in the period former Beaver Valley Nitehawks forward Mason Spear banked a shot off of Gordon’s leg from behind the net to give Selkirk the 2-0 lead.

The third period was more back-and-forth, but Sirard stayed strong between the pipes to preserve the shutout.

Game Two goes Saturday night at the Nelson and District Community Complex. If the Saints win, they will be the BCIHL champions.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

New child care centre planned for Tarrys Hall

A collaboration has come up with a plan to bring child care spaces to Castlegar to Nelson corridor.

Morning start: Numerous shipwrecks can be found below Kootenay Lake

Here is your Kootenays’ morning start for Thursday, May 28

RCMP seek public’s help in identifying suspects responsible for keying cars in Castlegar

At least three cars have been keyed in north Castlegar in the last 24 hours

Young farmers find a home through land-matching program

Young Agrarians links would-be farmers with landowners who have land to spare

B.C. legislature coming back June 22 as COVID-19 emergency hits record

Pandemic restrictions now longer than 2017 wildfire emergency

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

B.C. businesses ‘can’t shoulder burden’ of COVID-19 sick pay

Trudeau’s plan should be tied to federal emergency aid

Another Asian giant ‘murder hornet’ found in Lower Mainland

This is the farthest east the invasive species has been found so far

B.C. girl left temporarily paralyzed by tick bite sparks warning from family

Mom says parents need to check their kids when they go camping

PHOTOS: Loved ones reunite at an oasis on closed U.S.-Canada border in Surrey

Officials closed the park in mid-March over coronavirus concerns

Feds delay national action plan for missing and murdered Indigenous women

Meanwhile, the pandemic has exacerbated the violence facing many Indigenous women and girls

B.C.’s essential grocery, hardware store employees should get pandemic pay: retail group

Only B.C.’s social, health and corrections workers are eligible for top-ups

COLUMN: Canada needs to remember rural communities as thoughts turn to pandemic recovery

Small towns often rely on tourism, which has been decimated by COVID-19

Most Read