Heat goal­keeper named 1st star

The Daily Courier - - SPORTS -

With two more shutouts this past week­end, UBC Okana­gan goal­keeper Mitch McCaw has set a mod­ern-day (2006-present) Canada West con­fer­ence record with six con­sec­u­tive clean sheets.

By not al­low­ing a goal in 609 min­utes, McCaw has kept the Heat in the mid­dle of the play­off race in the Canada West’s Pa­cific Di­vi­sion, although UBCO was also not able to spin a goal in its two matches ver­sus UNBC on Satur­day and Sun­day.

On Satur­day, McCaw recorded two saves against UNBC — a team that up­ended UBC the pre­vi­ous week­end.

On Sun­day, with both squads push­ing for that elu­sive goal, the fifth-year se­nior from Cal­gary was forced to make three saves but all three were solid chances for the Tim­ber­wolves that McCaw deftly turned aside.

With the help of his back­line and McCaw con­trol­ling the box, the Heat es­tab­lished a pace of play for the match that didn’t al­low UNBC to build any mo­men­tum.

McCaw used his en­tire 6-foot-2 frame to han­dle the cor­ners and free kicks aimed his way.

With the in­crease in win­ning per­cent­age, UBCO is now in sec­ond place in the di­vi­sion with a tough road trip on tap this week­end, with matches in Vic­to­ria tonight and in Van­cou­ver against UBC on Satur­day.

This is the third straight week that McCaw has been named a star of the week.

“Even though it is an in­di­vid­ual award, it would not have been achiev­able with­out the whole de­fen­sive ef­fort of the group, and I’m lucky enough to be rec­og­nized for their out­stand­ing play,” McCaw said. “A prom­i­nent rea­son why we con­tinue to per­form is be­cause of the col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort of the group. It’s an ab­so­lute plea­sure be­ing able to play be­hind th­ese skill­ful guys, and I couldn’t be hap­pier to be a part of the process.”

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