LANGLEY, B.C. – The Trinity Western's men's hockey team will be seeking its first-ever league title as they face Selkirk in the best-of-three BCIHL championship series, starting Thursday (7:30 p.m.) at the George Preston Recreation Centre. Game 2 will be Friday (7 p.m.), and Game 3, if necessary, will be Saturday (7 p.m.).
Thursday, Mar. 15 vs. Selkirk – 7:30 p.m. (PT) | George Preston Arena
Friday, Mar 16 vs. Selkirk – 7 p.m. (PT) | George Preston Arena
Saturday, March 17 vs. Selkirk – 7 p.m. (PT) (if necessary) | George Preston Arena
THE WEEKEND STORY
• The Spartans play Selkirk in the BCHIL championship for the third time in the last five year.
• The teams met in the final in 2013-14 and 2015-16, with TWU being swept in both series, which were played in Castlegar, B.C.
• This weekend's series is also a rematch of last year's semifinals, in which TWU beat Selkirk on home ice – a series victory that ended the Saints four-year championship run.
• This will be TWU's fourth appearance in the BCIHL championship series in the last five years.
• The Spartans rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat Victoria 4-3 in Game 2 of their best-of-three semifinal, completing a series sweep of the Vikes Saturday at the George Preston Recreation Centre.
• The Selkirk Saints swept the VIU Mariners in their first round playoff series Saturday.
• TWU won four of its five meetings with Selkirk during the regular season.
• After the Saints beat the Spartans 5-2 in an early-November game, TWU has won four straight against Selkirk.
• TWU's Evan Last (Surrey, B.C.) was named ANYTHING BRANDED Player of the Week after putting up six points in the Spartans first round playoff series sweep.
• The semifinal series with Victoria was a rematch of last year's BCIHL championship series, which the Vikes won in a deciding Game 3 at the Langley Events Centre.
• Including the playoffs, TWU finished the season 7-0 against Victoria this year, outscoring the Vikes 43-15.
SPARTANS HEAD-TO-HEAD IN 2017-18
Nov. 10 – Selkirk 5 TWU 2 (Castlegar)
Nov. 17 TWU 3 Selkirk 2 (Langley)
Jan. 12 – TWU 4 Selkirk 3 (Castlegar)
Jan. 13 – TWU 3 Selkirk 2 (Castlegar)
Feb. 17 – TWU 6 Selkirk 4 (Langley)
2017-18 PLAYOFFS | FIRST ROUND
Series 1 - (#1) Trinity Western University vs. (#4) University of Victoria
Game 1: Friday, March 9th - TWU wins 8-1 in Victoria, BC
Game 2: Saturday, March 10th - TWU wins 4-3 in Langley, BC
TWU wins series 2-0 and advances to 2018 BCIHL Finals
Series 2 - (#2) Selkirk College vs. (#3) Vancouver Island University
Game 1: Friday, March 9th - Selkirk wins 5-3 in Castlegar
Game 2: Saturday, March 10th - Selkirk wins 4-3 (OT) in Castlegar
Selkirk College wins series 2-0 and advances to 2018 BCIHL Finals