A convinging 2 game sweep of the Selkirk Saints has the VIU Mariners Hockey team in their first ever BCIHL playoffs.
All three games will be played on the lower mailand as TWU was the higher seed going into playoffs.
Game 1: Thursday, March 14th - 7:00 PM at Langley Events Centre
Game 2: Friday, March 15th - 7:00 PM at Aldergrove Community Arena
Game 3: Saturday, March 16th - 7:00 PM at Langley Events Centre
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RECAP from BCIHL Semi-Finals
Vancouver Island University recorded a couple of firsts on Saturday night with a 3-2 victory in Castlegar. By being the first B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League team to ever beat Selkirk College on their home turf in a playoff series they also advanced to the program's first-ever appearance in the BCIHL Finals.
After blowing out the Saints by a 6-1 score on Friday night, the Mariners won a much closer contest in Game 2, with Gavin Rauser's empty netter late in regulation holding up as the game winner following a subsequent Selkirk tally.
Ryan Coghlan opened the scoring for the visitors with six minutes gone in the first period, and it took until midway through the second for Edward Lindsey to add the second goal of the night while bringing the Saints level. The Mariners responded quickly, however, as former Saints forward Tyler Kerner broke the deadlock before intermission.
Selkirk had the edge in shots and chances as they looked for an equalizer in the third period, but Rauser found the empty net with 1:16 remaining to provide VIU with some much-needed insurance. Tayden Woods responded for Selkirk with 49 seconds remaining to give the hosts a last-gasp shot at sending the game to overtime, but the Mariners held on for the win.
Matt Huber earned his second win in as many nights, this time making 34 saves as VIU was outshot by a 36-25 margin.
With the victory, the Mariners advance to face the defending BCIHL champions, Trinity Western, in the finals. The series is set to begin Thursday in Langley.
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