VIU Mariners player Alex Milligan shoots and scores during the shootout as his team defeated the Selkirk Saints 5-4 on Saturday at the Nanaimo Ice Centre. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

VIU Mariners come back to beat Saints in shootout

Hockey team jostling for home-ice advantage in the playoffs

The VIU Mariners needed a shootout, but they were able to secure a win and one extra point that’s important to their playoff positioning.

Vancouver Island University defeated the Selkirk Saints 5-4 in a shootout Saturday in B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League action at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.

The Saints led 3-1, but the Mariners twice tied it up and were able to beat their closest pursuers in the BCIHL standings.

“It’s all about battling and coming back. These guys were showing lots of heart,” said Steve Paul, coach of the Mariners. “To pull it off and get the two points was huge for this club tonight.”

The Mariners fired 55 shots on goal, and stuck with it until the pucks went in.

“It was all about traffic, getting pucks to the net and making it difficult for [their goaltender],” said Paul.

Alex Milligan scored the winning goal in the shootout and said even when the Mariners were trailing, they tried to stick with playing their game.

“I think you have to. You can’t really stray and get too far away from what you’re doing to make yourself successful and the team successful,” he said. “I think we played a really good game. We were getting pucks deep and just putting everything on net.”

Milligan said his team knew Saturday’s game would be a challenging one.

“They capitalized on their chances and we knew they would,” he said. “I think it shows a lot that our team’s got a lot of determination being down 3-1 … and coming back, and those are big points. We’re fighting with them for home ice for playoffs, so every point is crucial, especially at this time of year.”

Paul said players understand the importance of home-ice advantage in the playoffs, so now they’ve got to go earn it.

“We’re not perfect by any means for the playoffs, we’ve got to work a little bit harder, practise a little bit harder…” he said. “[They] need a little push here and there and a kick in the shorts.”

Garrett Murray led VIU with two goals Saturday and Dylan McCann and Gage Colpron were other scorers. Matt Huber made 22 saves and was perfect in five rounds of the shootout.

GAME ON … Next action for the VIU Mariners is Feb. 2, when they host SFU at 7:15 p.m. at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

John Horgan has been re-elected the MLA for Langford-Juan de Fuca. (File-Black Press)
Horgan trounces challengers to be re-elected in his Vancouver Island riding

MLA has represented constituency of Langford-Juan de Fuca and its predecessors since 2005

Global Village Nanaimo recently opened for the fall at 6581 Aulds Rd. near Home Depot. (Photo submitted)
Non-profit fair-trade store in Nanaimo offering new ways to shop

Global Village Nanaimo open until Dec. 24 on Aulds Road

Conservation officers hope the public can provide information about who shot and left a bull and cow Roosevelt elk near Spruston Road, south of Nanaimo. (Photo: Facebook)
Pair of Roosevelt elk shot and left in woods south of Nanaimo

Conservation officers hope public can help find who killed the animals near Spruston Road

Police in Nanaimo hope the public can help find Ovidiu Bezdan, wanted for mischief and assault. (Photo submitted)
Nanaimo man wanted for throwing merchandise at convenience store clerk

Police in Nanaimo hope public can help find Ovidiu Bezdan, wanted for assault and mischief

News Bulletin letter
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Medically assisted dying bill doesn’t ensure choice

Under the proposals in Bill C-7 my wishes will, in all likelihood, be ignored, says letter writer

Mariah Charleson, Nuu-Chah-Nulth Tribal Council vice-president, left, was among those voicing support for Mi’kmaq lobster harvesters in Nova Scotia that are seeing their catch dumped and taken and property damaged. A solidarity rally was held at Maffeo Sutton Park on Oct. 22. (Karl Yu/Nanaimo News Bulletin)
Solidarity rally in Nanaimo sees support for Mi’kmaq lobster fishers

Indigenous people and supporters gather at Maffeo Sutton Park Thursday

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam responds to a question during a news conference Friday October 23, 2020 in Ottawa. Canada’s top physician says she fears the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths may increase in the coming weeks as the second wave continues to drive the death toll toward 10,000. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s top doctor warns severe illness likely to rise, trailing spike in COVID-19 cases

Average daily deaths from virus reached 23 over the past seven days, up from six deaths six weeks ago

Two men were stranded on Snake Island after their small boat was blown away by strong winds Wednesday. (News Bulletin file photo)
Boat blows away, stranding fishermen on Snake Island in the strait near Nanaimo

Marine search and rescue team picked up men on windy afternoon Wednesday

A Le Chateau retail store is shown in Montreal on Wednesday July 13, 2016. Le Chateau Inc. says it is seeking court protection from creditors under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act to allow it to liquidate its assets and wind down its operations.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Clothing retailer Le Chateau plans to close its doors, files for CCAA protection

Le Chateau said it intends to remain fully operational as it liquidates its 123 stores

100 Mile Conservation officer Joel Kline gingerly holds an injured but very much alive bald eagle after extracting him from a motorist’s minivan. (Photo submitted)
B.C. driver thought he retrieved a dead bald eagle – until it came to life in his backseat

The driver believed the bird to be dead and not unconscious as it turned out to be

Chastity Davis-Alphonse took the time to vote on Oct. 21. B.C’s general Election Day is Saturday, Oct. 24. (Chastity Davis-Alphonse Facebook photo)
B.C. reconciliation advocate encourages Indigenous women to vote in provincial election

Through the power of voice and education Chastity Davis-Alphonse is hopeful for change

White Rock RCMP Staff Sgt. Kale Pauls has released a report on mental health and policing in the city. (File photos)
White Rock’s top cop wants to bill local health authority for lengthy mental-health calls

‘Suggestion’ included in nine-page review calling for ‘robust’ support for healthcare-led response

Green party Leader Sonia Furstenau arrives to announce her party’s election platform in New Westminster, B.C., on October 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. Green party says it’s raised nearly $835,000 in 38 days

NDP Leader John Horgan is holding his final virtual campaign event

Most Read