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Saints finally find offensive stride in blowout win over UFV…

The Selkirk Saints men’s hockey team welcomed the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) to town for a pair of games this past weekend.

With both teams out of the playoff race and near even in the standings, the stage was set for a battle on all fronts. 

A battle it was but from opposite perspectives and as UFV kept racking up penalty minutes, the Saints replied with goals….. and a lot of them.

By the time the dust settled the Saints pummeled the beleaguered squad from Fraser Valley  7-1, their biggest offensive output and most lopsided win to date.

Leading the way for the Saints was rookie defenceman Caleb Roy with three goals and one assist and rookie forward Burhan Pourmokhtari with three assists. Other multi point earners were Scott Jago with a goal and assist and Josh Mace with two assists. Spenser Wong earned the first star nod with 38 saves.

Both teams faced off again on Sunday at the Castlegar Complex and the game was a dead heat through two periods of play. The Saints offense was on fire again as they managed five goals over the first two stanzas but UFV managed to keep pace with five of their own.

With a shorthanded bench due to suspension and injury, the Saints ran out of steam as UFV added four third period markers to seal a 9-5 victory.  Caleb Roy had another big game with three assists as did Brendan Madlung with two goals and one assist.

Travis Herlein earned two goals while Scotty Traverse and Devon Nazaroff contributed with two helpers each. Todd Hoodicoff took the loss in goal for the Saints after he was peppered with 48 shots.

The Saints will host Trinity Western University for their final two games of the season. Game times are Friday, February 25 at 6:45pm at the Nelson and District CC and Saturday, February 26 at 7:30pm at the Castlegar Complex.