When Blake Holowaty arrived early in the 2017/18 KIJHL Season from the Iroquos Falls Eskimos, the Summerland Steam hoped they had something special. Holowaty immediately took over as an offensive catalyst and earned the moniker ‘Big Game Blake’ for his propensity to score timely goals and make the right play at the right time when his team needed it the most.
Holowaty finished the 2017/18 regular season with 24 goals and 48 points in just 37 games during the regular season, and was second in playoff scoring with six points in seven games. The outstanding KIJHL season earned Holowaty a commitment to the University of Victoria, where the 21-year old studies in the field of Engineering.
Holowaty is also playing hockey for the Vikes, and leading the team in scoring with five goals and 12 points in 12 games played. He’s making himself known around the BCIHL the same way he did in his time with the Summerland Steam, a lead by example kind of guy both on the ice and away from it.
‘Big Game Blake’ showed up for the Vikes in particular this past weekend, helping them pick up just their second win of the season on Friday night over Trinity Western University. He picked up a goal and a pair of assists, including a highlight reel assist on the overtime winner.
Another goal the next night totaled Holowaty four points in the two games and earned him the BCIHL’s ANYTHING BRANDED Player of the Week for the week ending on December 2, 2018. He joined Mar Berry on the ‘Inside the BCIHL’ Podcast this past week. You can access that here:
Blake and the Vikes are finished the fall semester, and will return to action for one exhibition game before the holiday break. They’ll take on the U20 team from Kazakhstan on December 11th at the Langley Events Centre in Langley, BC. For the Vikes it’s a unique experience, and for the team from Kazakhstan it will serve as a tune-up for the World Junior Hockey Championships which take place in Vancouver and Victoria from December 26th, 2018 to January 5, 2019.
The Vikes return to their BCIHL schedule on Friday, January 4th, 2019 at 7:30 when they host another Steam alumnus, goaltender Matt Huber, and the Vancouver Island University Mariners.
All BCIHL hockey can be watched online on HockeyTV.