Wednesday morning the VIU Mariners begin their quest for a CCAA National title as the PACWEST wildcard entry when they match-up with the Lethbridge Kodiaks. The Mariners won seven games this season but fell in the gold medal game 1-0 to Douglas.
The Kodiaks meanwhile are the ACAC champs for the first time after winning eight games in the regular season, then blanking the Red Deer Kings 2-0 in the gold medal game. They have a very good offensive push scoring 32 times this season led by Jimmy Bukuru who scored 10 goals. The Mariners also need to keep an eye on Sodiq Adekunle who tallied eight goals, including two game winners.
On the backend the Kodiaks have had great success giving up only seven goals. Keeper Cody Ferguson was terrific with six shutouts and a 0.58 GAA.
The Mariners keeper Kevin Picard was just as great in between the pipes with three shutouts and a 0.90 GAA. He also had a great defence in front of him that gave up a PACWEST low 14 goals.
Just two seasons ago the Mariners hosted and won the CCAA national championship gold which was their seventh CCAA medal. The Kodiaks have never medalled in this tournament.
Kick-off on Wednesday is scheduled for 9:30am PST. WATCH HERE
Head to Head
Records – Mariners 7-3-2 – Kodiaks 8-1-3
Goals For – Mariners 25 – Kodiaks 32
Goals Against – Mariners 14 – Kodiaks 7
Leading Scorers – Billy Baglopoulos – 7 goals (Mariners) - Jimmy Bukuru – 10 goals (Kodiaks)
Leading Keepers – Kevin Picard – 0.90 GAA (Mariners) - Cody Ferguson – 0.58 GAA (Kodiaks)