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Selkirk College Saints split weekend matches with top seeds

The Selkirk Collge Saints began the 2014 portion of their BCIHL regular season with a pair of road games against first-place rivals this weekend, beating Thompson Rivers University by a 3-1 score before falling to Simon Fraser University 4-3 in a shootout.

On Friday, the Saints fell behind TRU on a first period power-play marker but rebounded with goals in the second from Tanner Lenting, former Trail Smoke Eatre Logan Proulx and Beau Taylor. Selkirk controlled play much of the night, outshooting the WolfPack in all three periods including a 20-9 margin over the final 40 minutes.

Chris Hurry picked up the win in goal, turning aside 17 shots.

“We asked the guys to compete hard for a full 60 minutes on Friday night and they came through,” says Saints head coach Jeff Dubois. “TRU is a tough team to play in their rink, but we limited their shots and scoring opportunities and created some good chances over the second half of the game.”

On Saturday in Burnaby, the Saints and Clan -- both with 11-3-0 records -- faced off for first place.

Stefan Gonzales scored with the man-advantage midway through the first period and Proulx doubled the lead before intermission. But SFU rebounded in the second and scored a pair of goals before taking their first lead of the night with 4:45 remaining in the third.

Trail native Proulx came through again for the Saints, converting a pass through the slot from Jackson Garrett to tie the game with 2:06 to play.

Neither team scored during a back-and-forth overtime frame, and SFU would go on to take the win after Jono Ceci and Trevor Milner each beat Chris Hurry on shootout attempts.

“We put together very good road periods in the first and third but fell asleep a bit in the second and paid the price for some careless mistakes,” says Dubois. “We outshot them in the rink and had the better chances, so it stings a bit to lose the way we did.”

The Saints host Eastern Washington University on Friday at 8 p.m. at the Castlegar Complex before traveling to Spokane on Saturday to complete the home-and-home series.

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