VIU Mariners player Reid Coleman looks to pass the puck during a game earlier this season. NEWS BULLETIN file photo

VIU hockey team makes playoffs in its first season

Mariners will travel to Castlegar for best-of-three series against Selkirk Saints

The VIU Mariners hockey team has made the playoffs in its inaugural season.

Vancouver Island University concluded the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League regular season this past weekend and ending with a 17-8 record and the No. 3 seed. They will face the No. 2-seeded Selkirk Saints starting Friday, March 9, in Castlegar. The entire best-of-three series will be played in the Kootenays.

“We deem our first year in the BCIHL a total success,” noted a team press release, saying that the hockey club, the university, sponsors, players and fans have found it a “very satisfying” year. “This is a highly skilled brand of hockey as our fans will attest to.”

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