Vikes Advance to BCIHL Semis

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Kamloops, BC (ISN) The University of Victoria Vikes have made it to the championship side semi-final at the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League Championship Tournament after defeating the first place SFU Clan 4-3 in a shoot-out Thursday evening.

After a scoreless first period, SFU’s Tyler Mah (defence, Burnaby, BC) beat Victoria goalie Jason Margolus (Vancouver, BC) at 4:35 of the second period.

Less than two minutes later, BCIHL MVP Ben Van Lare (Dallas, TX) connected with linemates Jono Ceci (North Vancouver, BC) and Christopher Hoe (Burnaby, BC) to give SFU a 2-0 lead.

Before the second period was over Victoria got on the board. At the 17:13 mark, Mitchell Bell (West Vancouver,BC) took a pass and went upstairs on SFU goalie Graeme Gordon (North Vancouver,BC).

The Vikes tied the game at the 9:37 mark of the third stanza. Eli Weibe (Tswwassen,BC) deflected a shot in front. SFU went up 3-2 when Tyler Mah scored again.

UVic pulled their goalie in the final minute and a half and it paid off. Brent Sutherland (West Vancouver,BC) scored at 18:29 to send the game into overtime. After a scoreless extra period, the teams went to a shootout.

The 12th shooter was Dennis Pavlina (Osoyoos,BC). He scored to give the Vikes a victory. UVic Will play Okanagan College Coyotes at 7:30 pm Friday night at Memorial Arena in Kamloops. SFU will take on Thompson Rivers University in the elmination game at 4 pm.

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Christian J. Stewart
Christian is a professional photographer and media professional based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Currently working as the Assistant General Manager for Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, a Senior Contributing Editor and photographer at Independent Sports News (ISN) and operating his own freelance photography and media/pr company.

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