Cory St. Laurent
Victoria, BC – Saturday night saw the Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack host the University of Victoria Hockey Club for the second straight evening. UVic was looking to avenge a gritty 5-3 loss to the Pack on Friday night at the Kamloops Memorial Arena. Each team gave the nod in net to their backup goaltenders; Shane Mainprize for TRU and Jason Margolus for UVic.
The first period would prove to be a tightly contested defensive battle with each team struggling to generate scoring opportunities. It would be UVic that would get the scoring started at 8:04 when Cam McWilliam would pot his second of the season. UVic’s lead would last roughly six minutes before a perennial BCIHL sniper, Jassi Sangha, leveled the score for TRU. Each side would only muster six shots in the first period and just two minutes in penalties were assessed with UVic failing to score on the power play. After the first, UVic 1 TRU 1.
Just 2:49 into the second period, TRU would pull ahead when former Selkirk Saint, Travis Herlien, scored an even strength goal. Already a hard-nosed affair, Herlein’s marker would prove to be the boiling point as he and Doug Evans would square of in a spirited tilt one shortly after. UVic would receive two more chances with the man advantage in the frame but it was TRU who would capitalize shorthanded at the 14:56 mark. After two periods of play, UVic 1 TRU 3.
UVic would fall victim to yet another slow start to a period as Jassi Sangha would get his second of the game a little over one minute into play for the Pack. Mike Ludvig would then add a power play marker less than two minutes later to give TRU a commanding lead. The Club would throw 11 shots on the TRU net in the final period but would fail to put a dent in the Pack’s lead. Final score, UVic 1 TRU 5
UVic went 0/4=0.0% on the power play while TRU would go 1/5=20.0%. UVic and TRU each put 25 shots on net.
Saturday night’s loss now leaves UVic with a record of 2-6-0-0 and last place in the BCIHL. Missing from UVic’s lineup on the weekend were key defensive corps Phil Barter, Jeff Grenier and Mark Callaghan while reigning BCIHL MVP Matt Bell missed both games with an upper body injury. Next up for UVic will be a pair of home games against the defending BCIHL champion SFU Clan on December 3rd and 4th at the Ian Stewart Complex Arena.
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.