Saints go for exhibition sweep against Eagles

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first_imgThe Selkirk Saints look to continue its winning ways during the exhibition season when the Men’s Hockey team hosts Eastern Washington University Eagles visit the Castlegar Recreation Complex for a 2 p.m. puck drop.The match-up represents the third and final exhibition tune-up for the Saints, who have posted back-to-back victories over the KIJHL’s Beaver Valley Nitehawks (8-2) and their BCIHL rivals from Thompson Rivers University (4-3). “Sunday’s game against EWU is a great opportunity to gauge where we’re at as a group and fine-tune some aspects of our play,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”We’ve had two good performances in exhibition so far and we’ll expect to build on that momentum as we prepare for a very challenging weekend at UVic to open our regular season at the start of October.” A pair of key players will make their preseason debuts against the Eagles, as second-year defenceman Justin Sotkowy and first-year goaltender Alex Sirard will both draw into the line-up.Sotkowy’s 23 points last season placed him third in scoring amongst BCIHL blueliners, while Sirard brings experience with the WHL’s Swift Current Broncos and SJHL’s Melville Millionaires. The Eagles line-up features a number of new faces that will be familiar to local hockey fans, including former Trail Smoke Eaters forward Uriah Machuga.The 20-year old forward was amongst the KIJHL’s scoring leaders last season with 78 points in 51 games for the Spokane Braves.Braves captain Nick Redding and former NCAA blueliner Zach Maxwell are also among Eastern’s seven new recruits. Tickets for Sunday’s game are available at the door for $5 and Season Pass information is available at the team’s website — www.GoSaints.ca.last_img read more


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first_imgThe Bombers, playing in front of a wall of LVR supporters that filled the home sideline, surrendered the first try of the game when Boucherie pushed the ball down the left flank to open the scoring.Trailing 5-0 at halftime, LVR put together a converted try to take the lead.However, a lead the Bombers could not hold.“Defensive lapses and a key missed tackle cost us the game today,” Joyce lamented.Despite the setback, the season has been a very successful campaign for the Bombers.LVR is 6-2 on the season, with two losses coming against South Kamloops and Mount Boucherie. One of the wins came south of the 49th parallel where LVR hammered North Idaho 95-5.The Bombers travel to Red Deer for a tournament before concluding the season at home May 13 at Lakeside.LVR continues to build for the BC High School Rugby Championships in Abbotsford May 27-30.“We definitely have worked to do but we are strong in our league and then have time to prepare for provincials,” Joyce said. Mount Boucherie Bears of Kelowna scored a late try to edge the L.V. Rogers Bombers 12-7 in High School Rugby action Thursday afternoon at the Lakeside Pitch in Nelson.Trailing 7-5 with five minutes remaining, the Okanagan squad put together a final push that resulted in the winning score.“It’s disappointing for sure,” said Bomber sideline coach Michael Joyce.Joyce said the Bombers had trouble with the finer points of their game, mistakes that allowed the Bears to score early and late in the contest.“We had trouble today with details of the game,” he explained. “Some serious lapses in decision making and nerves, for sure.”last_img read more