Saints host Vikes

The Selkirk Saints men’s hockey team is hosting UVic this weekend for the home opener.

The Selkirk College Saints men’s hockey team has been preparing for almost a month for their home opener as the University of Victoria comes to Castlegar Friday and Saturday night.

The Saints opened the BCIHL season on the road September 30 when they visited the Okanagan College Coyotes in Kelowna. The Coyotes are ranked in the top three of the BCIHL this year and the Saints made it clear they were not to be taken lightly.

After testing each other in the opening frame, Okanagan was the only team to manage a goal as they slipped one past Saints second year goaltender Spenser Wong.

In the second period the Saints outscored their feisty opponent as Nelson’s Caleb Georgetti potted a natural hat trick, earning the Castlegar-based squad a 3-3 tie going in the third.

As both teams battled hard for the first win of the young season, it was the Coyotes who scored with three minutes left that literally winded the Saints. They followed it up with an empty net goal to complete the 5-3 win.

Last season when the Vikes came to town they earned 3-2 and 4-1 wins and in 2009-10 the Saints earned a 7-6 win and 6-6 tie in the annual double header.

Puck drop for both games this coming weekend will be 7:30 p.m. at the Castlegar Complex.