The University of British Columbia

PREVIEW: Playoff fate may be decided on Graduating Players Night this Thursday

PREVIEW: Playoff fate may be decided on Graduating Players Night this Thursday

What you need to know


  • With a final week bye, the Heat men will end their regular season with a home-and-home matchup against the TRU WolfPack
  • Thursday night is the Graduating Players Night for the UBCO men with a 7:30 p.m. start time. The celebration will take place following the women's match and prior to the start of the men's kick-off.
  • These matches are huge for the Heat, a sweep of the two matches this weekend and the Heat will advance to the postseason. 
  • The Presidents' Cup year-long competition between UBCO and TRU will open up with the Thursday night match.

GAME TIMES (PT)

THURSDAY, OCT 10th 

Soccer (M) | Canada West conference match - Graduating Players Night
7:30 PM |
 UBC Okanagan Heat (6-5-4) vs the Thompson Rivers WolfPack (3-5-4) | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information - Free Admission | @ Nonis Field, UBC Okanagan, Kelowna, BC.

SATURDAY, OCT 12th 

Soccer (M) | Canada West conference match - Final Regular Season Match
2:00 PM |
 UBC Okanagan Heat at the Thompson Rivers WolfPack | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information  | @ Warner Rentals Field at Hillside Stadium, Kamloops, BC.


Last weekend:

  • The Heat fell to UVic (3-0) on Friday but bounced back to draw the fifth-ranked team in the country, in UBC, on Saturday (2-2).
  • Spencer Young and Jacob York scored in the second half against the Thunderbirds to pull the draw. Jimmy Steel just missed giving the Heat the lead in the 66th minute as he managed to hit the post and crossbar on the same shot. 

Playoff form:

  • The Heat look poised for the playoffs after a great start they now control their own destiny and can get in with two wins. Even with dropping both matches the Heat will still have a chance to return to the postseason for the first time in three seasons.  
  • Going (2-0-0) over the remaining games of the season will knock out UFV, UNBC and TRU.
  • With only three points separating the top four teams in the division, this weekend will be crucial in deciding playoff seeding. There is still a small possibility that the Heat could finish in second and host a playoff match. 

Numbers, numbers, numbers:

  • Goaltender Nicholas Reitsma is leading all of U SPORTS with 1260 minutes played so far this season.
  • Sam Mcdonald has scored four times for the Heat and has two game-winners to his name. He is likely due to find the stat sheet again soon if he continues with his twice-a-month pattern. McDonald has scored twice in August, twice in September but is goalless so far in October.
  • The Heat, as a team, has scored 16 goals this season after just 14 matches. The 16 is a team-high since joining U SPORTS in 2014, they found the net 15 times in 2017. The Heat have two more contests to add to their record total. 

Presidents' Cup:

  • This will mark the first event in the men's competition for the Presidents' Cup for the 2019-20 season.
  • The Presidents' Cup is a competition between UBC Okanagan and TRU that has been going on since 1993. These two Interior of B.C. rivals compete year-long in a multitude of sports, and the intense geographic rivals have put hardware on the line to highlight the season's accomplishments.    
  • To learn about the history, more information on what is at stake and a complete scoring matrix click here.

Graduating Players:

  • Five key contributors will play their last home Canada West regular-season match in Kelowna. Combined these five will have accounted for 300 matches played and 281 matches started. Even more impressive, or perhaps scary, this group has accounted for 27 goals during their time with UBCO. Which is 39-percent of the teams offensive production over the years from 2015-2019.
  • The men's team will celebrate the five-some of Corbin Beauchemin, Jeevin Kang, Christian Taylor, Hamish Walde, and Luke Warkentin before their final home match. The ceremony should start at around 7:40 p.m.

 Scouting Thompson Rivers: 

Where the 'Pack stand:

  • The WolfPack are currently sitting in last place in the Pacific DivisionHowever, they are not out of playoff contention yet
  • If they beat UBCO both games and takedown UNBC next weekend, and hope that UFV wins two or fewer matches over their remaining four games, TRU can qualify.

Players to watch:

  • James Fraser has led the way for the WolfPack, scoring in all eight games he has played in. 
  • Daniel Sagno has a team-high three assists to tag along with his three goals on the year.

Overall Head to Head (UBCO v TRU) (4W-10L-7T / 2W-4L-4T, CW)

  • This history between these squads is extensive dating back into their days in the CCAA.
  • The Heat would pull a draw (0-0) and a loss (0-4) last season against the Kamloops squad.