Selkirk Saints suffer
Both men’s volleyball and hockey experienced the same gut wrenching disappointment this weekend as they saw commendable efforts come up just short of the finish line.
Capilano University was in town on Friday night to face the Saints men’s volleyball squad that was still glowing from a strong finish last semester when they conquered cross Kootenay rival, College of the Rockies in a stunning five set victory.
It looked as though the Saints could very well work their way into the playoffs with a pair of victories over Capilano; there was a lot on the line. The Blues came out strong taking the first set 25-20, but the Saints stormed right back winning the next two 25-19, 25-21. Back and forth play continued until the match was evened up by the determined squad from North Vancouver, taking the Saints to their third five set match in as many games. The Saints dug deep but struggled to get the upper hand and the Blues took the fifth and final set 15-10.
“It looks as though we’re rounding the bend in men’s volleyball,” comments Kim Verigin, Athletic Director. “This team is proving it can compete and it seems to be getting better every year…..it’s great to see results after significant efforts have been put into the program,” Verigin adds.
On the ice the Saints hosted University of the Fraser Valley for a pair of games. After losing to UFV 6-0 last week in Abbotsford, the Selkirk men’s hockey team felt they were destined for much better results coming in to the weekend with a complete and healthy line-up. Once again Saints netminder, Cody Deadmarsh, gave his team the opportunity to win as he turned aside all but one of the 49 shots on goal Unfortunately, the Saints failed to capitalize on numerous chances and UFV skated away with a slim 1-0 victory.
Sunday’s game saw a unique goaltending duel as former Saints player, Adam Postmus was between the pipes for UFV. Postmus played for the Saints from 2007-2009 earning all-star nods in both seasons. The game was eerily similar to Saturday’s match as the Saints found themselves down 1-0 going in to the third period. The difference this time was several untimely penalties that allowed UFV to add five more tallies, bringing the final score to 6-0.
The Saints will now have a week off and then travel to Nanaimo (volleyball) and Langley/Abbotsford (hockey).