Mariner Hockey clinches playoff berth

February 4th, 2018

 

VIU clinch BCIHL playoff spot in expansion season
by BCIHL

Vancouver Island University clinched a postseason berth in their inaugural B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey league season on Sunday, Feb 4th, defeating their rivals from the University of Victoria by a 7-3 score at the Lake Cowichan Sports Centre.

Gage Colpron opened the scoring and finished the game with three points, while Alex Hanson doubled the Mariners lead with just four seconds remaining in the first period.

The Vikes came out strong in the second as they fought for their playoff lives, with Kyle Bird putting his team on the board early in the frame and Logan Nachtegaele tied the game minutes later on a UVic power-play.

But VIU would retake their lead before intermission as Kobe Oishi scored with 2:32 left in the period and Joshua Cook struck for another last minute goal that gave the home side back their two-goal lead after 40 minutes.

The Mariners piled on with third period goals from Garrett Dunlop, Colpron and Tyler Kerner before a late reply from Victoria's Brandon Volpe.

Brett Clark picked up his fifth consecutive victory between the pipes for the Mariners, who were outshot 38-37 in the game. Vikes starter Zack Wear made 30 saves in a losing effort.

With the victory, VIU can now forget about those trailing them in the league standings and turn their attention to catching Simon Fraser University for third place. The Clan currently hold a three-point lead with both teams having six games remaining.

For the defending champion Vikes, the loss means the team will miss out on postseason action for the first time since 2014 when they finished in a tie for fifth place after a six-win season.