BCIHL preview on Mariner Hockey

October 1st, 2017

First BCIHL game for VIU Mariners Oct 7th at 7:45pm. Big night !! Players from the Malaspina Mariners  72-73 BC Winter Festival championship team will be in attendance. 
BCIHL Preview on the VIU Mariners Hockey program.by BCIHL Media
On the surface, Vancouver Island University's inaugural roster bears all the marks of a typical expansion franchise. There's a handful of experienced vets better known for their accomplishments with other teams that are mixed and matched with a large number of inexperienced rookies getting their first taste of a higher level.
But the similarities end there for the Mariners, who could very well compete with the big boys in their first B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League season if they look as good on the ice as they do on paper.
The program's first recruit was Nanaimo local and former WHL mainstay Ryan Coghlan, who gives the team immediate name recognition and over 200 games of Junior A and Major Junior experience on the blueline.
They also added a pair of two-time BCIHL champions in Alex Milligan and Tyler Kerner, who have both joined on following three seasons at Selkirk College. And the rest of their line-up is a who's who of well known Vancouver Island talent.
Included in that group is Garrett Dunlop, who totaled 80 points in his final season of junior eligibility with the SJHL's Nipawin Hawks and four-year Powell River Kings forward Curtis McCarrick.
The Mariners will also boast a small village worth of former Campbell River Storm players that includes Gage Colpron, Kobe Oishi, Michael Olson, Jordan Rauser and Darryl Senholt.
And the names keep coming!
Blueliners Turner Popoff and Garrett Halls and goaltender Carson Schammerhorn both played the majority of their junior hockey nearby with the BCHL's Alberni Valley Bulldogs, while Spencer Loverock was named the VIJHL's Top Defenceman in 2016 before heading to NCAA DIII Concordia last season.
Splitting duties with Schammerhorn between the pipes is Brett Clark, who won a KIJHL title with the Beaver Valley Nitehawks before Junior A stops in Trail, Humboldt and West Kelowna.
So what will this impressive but unfamiliar collection talent amount to when the games start for real? It's impossible to say for certain, but it's bound to be interesting.
The Mariners play their first-ever BCIHL regular season game on Saturday when they host Trinity Western University.