Corey St Laurent
Victoria, BC – Sunday afternoon saw the Eastern Washington University Eagles look to earn a second win in Victoria against UVic after managing a 3-1 victory Saturday night. The University of Victoria would place starter Taylor Pears between the pipes for the second straight night while EWU countered with Jason Greenwell.
The first period was a rude awakening for Eastern Washington as it was apparent the UVic side on Sunday was not the one they faced the previous night. UVic came out hitting hard and skating fast which left the Eagles’ players on their heels. Just over three minutes in, rookie Eli Wiebe would score his first BCIHL goal to give the home side a 1-0 lead early. The energetic UVic start put Eastern Washington in penalty trouble throughout the game and a suddenly hot UVic power play made them pay for it. At the 9:17 mark, reigning BCIHL MVP Matt Bell tipped in a power play goal in second game back after being sidelined with a concussion. Three minutes later, rookie Adam Klein would add another power play goal to give UVic a commanding 3-0 advantage heading to the break.
Eastern Washington’s penalty woes continued in the second frame and UVic would capitalize again. Cam McWilliam, a 6’3″ 225-pound off-season acquisition, would blast home his fourth goal of the season at 7:04 on the Club’s second power play opportunity of the period. Down by four goals, a clearly frustrated EWU would lose their cool. After an illegal check to the head, delivered to UVic’s Mark Callaghan well after the whistle, a scrum would ensue leading to 95 minutes in assessed penalties and four players being ejected from the game. Of the four players ejected were goaltenders Taylor Pears and Jason Greenwell, sending UVic’s Jason Margolus and EWU’s Cash Ulrich into their respective nets. The chippy play would continue but not the scoring. After two, UVIC 4 EWU 0.
The final frame was more of the same with UVic dominating the play and EWU attempting to gain a physical edge. The parade to the penalty box negated any consisted play but Phil Barter would drive the net at the 14:04 mark and bang home his second of the year to give UVic their fifth and final goal of the night. Jason Margolus would stop every shot thrown his way for UVic in relief of Taylor Pears. Final score, UVIC 5 EWU 0.
UVic went 3/7=42.9% on the power play while EWU would go 0/4=0.0%. UVic out shot EWU by a 49-27 margin.
This weekend’s split leaves UVic with a 3-7-2 record heading into the holiday break and sitting in fifth place in the BCIHL. The Club’s next action will be on home ice on January 7, 2012 when they host the Selkirk College Saints.
The UVIC Hockey Club, a Vikes Sport Clubs program, is a student-led organization that competes competitively in the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League. Information on the team is available at www.uvichockey.com while league details can be found at www.bcihl.ca.