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Selkirk College Saints Set for League Semi-Final Series

Austin Wells and the Selkirk College Saints men’s hockey team split a weekend series with the Eastern Washington University Eagles as they closed out the BCIHL regular season. The defending champions will head to Langley this weekend to take on the Trinity Western University Spartans in the league semi-final starting Friday. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College Saints

The Selkirk College Saints start defence of their British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) championship title on Thursday in Langley against the Trinity Western University Spartans in a best-of-three semi-final series.

The Saints have won four straight BCIHL championships and will be looking to make more history in the next couple weeks with a fifth title. If they are to be successful, the third-place Saints will need to conquer teams that finished higher in the regular season standings.

Sawyer Hunt Plays Overtime Hero, Again

Sawyer Hunt (white jersey) scored his second OT marker of the series to lead Nelson to a 1-0 victory in Game four of the KIJHL Murdoch Divison Semi Final.

Facing a must-win, the Nelson Leafs turned to its captain to provide leadership.

Sawyer Hunt scored his second overtime goal of the playoffs to spark the Nelson Leafs to a 1-0 victory over the Castlegar Rebels in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Murdoch Division Semi Final action Tuesday night at the NDCC Arena.

The best-of-seven series is now tied 2-2 with Game five Thursday in the Sunflower City.

Hunt scored the overtime winner in Game one, netting the difference-maker in the fourth extra time period.

Selkirk College Saints Capture Third Straight Win

Selkirk College Saints captain Tyler Kerner helped pace his team to a pair of 4-3 victories over the University of Victoria Vikes at the Castlegar & District Recreation Centre this past weekend. The Saints will play their last home game of the BCIHL season this coming Friday night at 7 p.m. against the Eastern Washington University Eagles.

If the Selkirk College Saints are successful in capturing their fifth straight British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) title, this season they will need to do it on the road.

The four-time defending league champions won both weekend games against the University of Victoria Vikes at the Castlegar & District Recreation Centre, but struggles earlier this semester have entrenched the Saints in third place.

West Kootenay curlers come up short at BC Seniors Championships

Three members of last year's BC Champion rink, from left, lead Fred Thomson of Nelson, third Stephenson of Kelowna and second Don Freschi, lost out in the final of the  2017 BC Senior Men’s Curling Championships Sunday in Salmon Arm. — Photo courtesy Facebook

The phrase, “Three Strikes You're Out” is generally association with the game of baseball.

However, Sunday in Salmon Arm, the phrase took on a whole new meaning for the Rob Koffski rink of Kelowna.

The rink whiffed on the final chance at capturing the 2017 BC Senior Men’s Curling Championships, losing 8-4 to Craig Lepine Langley.

Lepine, third Stan Walker, second Craig McLeod and lead Mike Pelech, advance to the Canadian Senior Men’s Curling Championships next month in Fredericton, NB.

Trail swim team makes TRAX at province-level meets

Sharman Thomas BC - AA Provincial Swim Meet Chilliwack (1 Gold and 2 Silver Medals)

TRAX Swim Club swimmers recently competed in the following Swim BC-sanctioned Swim Meets:

Snowfest Swim Meet in Kelowna and Swim BC AA Provincial Swim Meet in Chilliwack.

Captain Hunt sinks Rebels in extra time to power Leafs to Game one victory

Game one of the KIJHL Murdoch Division Semi Final was a battle with Nelson coming out the winner in four-overtime periods Thursday night in the Sunflower City. — Bruce Fuhr photo

The Nelson Leafs continued a late-season surge, getting an overtime marker on the power play in the fourth extra period from team captain Sawyer Hunt to edge the Castlegar Rebels 3-2 in Game one of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Murdoch Division Semi Final Thursday in the Sunflower City.

Kootenay rinks remain in hunt at 2017 BC Senior Curling Championships

Kootenay rinks remain in hunt at 2017 BC Senior Curling Championships

Two teams with Kootenay connections remain in the hunt for the playoff round at the 2017 BC Senior Curling Championships in Salmon Arm.

Defending champion Bob Ursel of Kelowna, with Rob Koffski at the helm, and Gerry Kent of Cranbrook are currently in third and fifth, respectively, in tournament standings following Draw 8.

Koffski, with third Dave Stephenson of Kelowna, second Don Freschi of Trail and lead Fred Thomson of Nelson, suffered their first loss Thursday, losing 8-5 to Wes Craig of Victoria to fall to 4-1.