It took eight periods of regular season British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) play, but the Selkirk College Saints offense finally woke up and welcomed the 2016-2017 campaign.
On a roadtrip to the Lower Mainland over the weekend, the four-time defending league champions took on the Simon Fraser University Clan on Saturday evening in Burnaby. Facing a 2-0 deficit early in the third period, the Saints erupted for five unanswered goals in the final 15 minutes of the game to claim a 5-2 win.
The Selkirk College Saints earned their first victory of the BCIHL regular season on Saturday night in Burnaby with a 5-2 win over the Simon Fraser University Clan. Rookie forward Jack Mills scored two goals in the game.
Second year defenceman Nathan Browne started the scoring on the powerplay and two minutes later rookie Jack Mills tied the score. The Saints took a 3-2 lead with 11 minutes left in the period with a Troy Maclise marker that would stand up as the game-winner. With three minutes left in the final period, Brown notched his second and a minute later Mills scored his second of the game.
The victory was a vital rebound for the Saints after starting the season with a 3-2 loss at home and then losing 2-0 to the Trinity Western University Spartans to open this past weekend’s roadtrip. The Saints were outshot 32-22 in the Friday night game against Trinity Western.
Next up for the Saints is the longest trip of the year as they travel to Victoria for a double header at the Ian Stewart Complex on the University of Victoria main campus. Games run Friday/Saturday starting at 7:30 p.m. and can viewed at fasthockey.com.
The Saints next home game is October 28 vs Eastern Washington University. Game time is 7:00 p.m. at the Castlegar & District Recreation Centre.