Men’s hockey drops pair, fall to 1-14 on season


EWU defender Austin Breen during a home game against Selkirk College on Jan. 21. Breen scored one of the team’s three goals in the 6-3 loss to Selkirk | Mckenzie Ford for The Easterner

By Taylor Newquist, Contributor

The EWU men’s hockey team lost two games to Selkirk College last weekend, with an away score of 6-1, and a home score of 6-3.  The results dropped the Eagles to 1-14 on the season as they remained in last place of the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League.

The first goal of the Jan. 19 matchup was scored by EWU forward Colton St. John with an assist from forward Beau Walker. Their lead was held until Selkirk forward Brandon Sookro equalized late in the first period.

Selkirk went on to score five more unanswered goals, including four in the second period. EWU was out shot 42-17 in their losing effort.

The Eagles returned to Cheney for the home end of the series on Jan. 21. The beginning of the game was evenly matched with saves being made by each teams’ goalies. EWU opened the scoring when a deep shot from defender Austin Breen hit the back of the net with 14:32 left in the first period.

A goal from Selkirk defender Cole Arcuri tied the game later in the first period. With two seconds left on the clock, EWU defender Joseph Porco re-gained the lead for the Eagles with a shot from nearly the same position as Breen’s first goal.

The second period caused similar troubles to the Eagles as their last game, again conceding four unanswered goals from Selkirk, making the score 5-2.

The result was not yet decided, and an unassisted goal from Walker at the start of the third period gave the Eagles new life. St. John had a break away opportunity on a turnover that was saved by Selkirk goalie Patrick Zubrick.

Zubrick again came up with a big save after Walker stripped a Selkirk defender of the puck and made a dashing effort at goal. Selkirk defender Parker Wakaruk scored the sixth goal, and sealed the game for the Saints with 4:28 left in the third period.

The Eagles’ next game is at home against Simon Fraser University on Friday, Jan 26. SFU comes into the game at 10-6 on the year.

Men’s hockey huddles up during the team’s home loss to Selkirk College on Jan. 21. The Eagles are 1-14 on the season | Mckenzie Ford for The Easterner