By Corey St. Laurent

Victoria (ISN) – Trinity Western’s Kevin Currie made 50 saves for the Spartans to give his team a 1-1 tie with the University of Victoria in BCIHL hockey action Sunday afternoon in Victoria.

The University of Victoria Hockey Club and the Trinity Western University Spartans collided Sunday afternoon at Ian Stewart Complex Arena. UVic started Jason Margolus in net while the Spartans answered with Kevin Currie.

The first period began for UVic much the same way as Saturday night’s opening frame with the home side dominating possession and getting the majority of scoring chances. UVic would be unable to capitalize on their solid play, however, and the first twenty minutes would remain scoreless with each goaltender making 10 saves. After one, UVIC 0 TWU 0.

The middle frame would prove to be a shooting gallery on TWU goaltender Kevin Currie. UVic threw 27 shots on goal and although Currie would make some timely saves, the majority of the UVic shots came from low risk areas. Jason Margolus also provided key saves when called upon as a disallowed goal would be all the home side could muster through forty minutes. After two, UVIC 0 TWU 0.

It looked like the flood gates were about to open early in the third when the puck deflected off the glass and into the slot for Dustin Taylor who promptly buried his sixth of the season with Currie caught out of the net. However, the Spartans would answer back less than one minute later to level the score. Again, UVic could find no answer for TWU goaltender Kevin Currie as the Club put another 14 shots on net in the final stanza but could not capitalize. Final score, UVIC 1 TWU 1.

UVic will now look ahead to the BCIHL Championship Tournament in Kamloops, BC taking place from March 14th to 18th in the Tournament Capital of Canada. Coming into the tourney as the fourth seed, UVic will see its first action this Wednesday against the Eastern Washington University Eagles with puck drop scheduled for 4:00 PM at Kamloops Memorial Arena.

UVic went 0/3=0.0% on the power play while Trinity Western went 0/1=0.0%. UVic out-shot the Spartans by a margin of 51-27.

UVic recognized three players before the game, all of whom will be graduating this summer. Jason Margolus, Adam Courtnall and Brent Sutherland all will be receiving their degrees from their respective faculties in the upcoming months and played their last game on home ice Sunday afternoon. Courtnall spent four years with UVic Hockey, winning one BCIHL Championship in 2009. Sutherland will be dearly missed next season. The Vancouver native amassed 104 points (44G-60A) in 100 career games and will leave UVic as the Club’s all-time leading scorer. UVic Hockey would like to thank all three players for their contributions to our school, organization, and community.

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. For league details, please visit www.bcihl.ca.