Back-to-back silver medals for WolfPack hockey

Mike Davies:  Sports Editor  Ω

For the second year in a row, the TRU hockey team fell one win short of a provincial championship, losing again to their bitter rivals from Simon Fraser University (SFU) in the final match of the BCIHL championship tournament held last weekend in Burnaby.

TRU shut out the SFU Clan in a semi-final match on Friday night to advance to the final, and had to wait for the outcome of the match between SFU and the University of Victoria on Saturday to see who their opponent would be in that game.

The Clan was victorious Saturday thanks to a late comeback to force the rematch with TRU on Sunday night for all the marbles.

BCIHL Coach of the Year winner Lorne Cumming and the boys couldn’t pull out a repeat performance against the Clan, falling by a score of 5-2.

“I thought the guys put in a good effort,” said Cumming.

“We didn’t get the start we wanted but we battled hard. Unfortunately we hit a couple of posts that could have been the goals that made the difference.”

It could be said that the team may have battled too hard, in fact, as the ‘Pack spent a lot of time in the penalty box and the Clan capitalized, scoring four power-play goals on TRU goaltender Anthony Manfredi, who had earned the shutout against the Clan two nights earlier.

The fifth SFU goal was an empty-net marker with just over two minutes left in the third period that sealed the win.

Still, having two silver medals in their first two seasons in the league is impressive.

“While it is very disappointing to lose I am very proud of all of our players,” said Cumming.

The squad had two of the top five scoring leaders in the BCIHL this past season—Jassi Sangha and Andrew Fisher—and eight players in total in the top 20.

Along with a high-scoring offence returning the majority of its players next season for another crack at a championship, the ‘Pack’s defence should be strong again as well with the hopeful return of BCIHL second-team all-star defenseman Darcy Huisman anchoring the group. He helped hold opponents to only 69 goals, including the playoffs.

Huisman was also one of only two defensemen in the top 25 in league scoring, helping the ‘Pack score 140 goals—more than double as many as their opponents.