LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Spartans men’s hockey team (1-2-0) will host the defending BCIHL champion Simon Fraser University (1-2-0) Friday night at 7:00 p.m. Both teams come into Friday's match having lost their last two games and looking to get back into the win column.
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SPARTANS (1-2-0)
BCIHL Standing: 4th (tied)
Last Game: Okanagan College 4-1 L
Streak: 2 Losses
2009-10 BCIHL record (as Titans): 10-12-2 (5th)
2009-10 BCIHL playoffs (as Titans): 1-2 (4th)
Last BCIHL title: N/A

The Spartans men’s hockey team will likely come into this weekend’s tilt with Simon Fraser a little bit grumpy.

For Trinity Western, it has been nearly a month since its last win – a 5-4 victory over Fraser Valley on Sept. 24 – and, since then, the Spartans have lost three in a row including two games against Okanagan College and an exhibition game against Eastern Washington.

So to say the Spartans will be hungry Friday night should be somewhat of an understatement.

Although the regular season is only three games old, the Spartans have already started to develop a bit of an unappealing trend. In all three games, TWU has led after the first period yet, in all three games, the opposition has come back in the second and third to either win or make it dangerously close.

Trinity Western has outscored the opposition 4-1 in the first but the results are reversed in the second and third periods as TWU has been outscored 6-3 in second periods and 4-1 in third periods.

The Spartans forward unit is led by veteran Robert Vos (Abbotsford, B.C.) , who has two goals and one assist in three games, and Josh Stephenson (Aldergrove, B.C.), who has one goal and one assist in three games.

On the blueline, the Spartans are led by rookie Brendan Stephen (Vanderhoof, B.C.), who has two goals in three games, and veterans Kevin Taylor (Langley, B.C.) and Pete Masterton (Fort Langley, B.C.).

The Spartans have scored eight goals in three regular season games and they’ve come from six scorers, while 12 different Spartans have at least one point.

In goal, TWU’s John-Paul Chapman (Abbotsford, B.C.) has played all three regular season games and has a 3.70 goals against average and a .875 save percentage.

On special teams, the Spartans have scored three power play goals in three games, two of which came in the Spartans 3-2 loss to Okanagan College on Oct. 2, and have allowed three goals while shorthanded.

BCIHL Standing: 4th (tied)
Last Game:  Victoria 3-2 L
Streak: 2 Losses
2009-10 BCIHL record: 17-5-2 (1st)
2009-10 BCIHL playoffs: 3-1 (1st)
Last BCIHL title: 2010

Simon Fraser got off to a good start this year with an 8-3 whipping of Fraser Valley in its season opener. But since the, the reigning BCIHL regular season and playoff champions have struggled.

The boys from Burnaby lost to Okanagan College 4-1 in their first road trip of the year and then returned home only to lose 3-2 to the University of Victoria.

But the majority of the team’s problems have simply been a lack of discipline combined with middling special teams. In its two losses, SFU has been forced to kill off 15 penalties. And, although the team only allowed one goal on those 15 attempts, the time spent killing penalties has been time lost in the attacking zone.

Also in the two losses for SFU, their power play has scored one goal on three opportunities but has surrendered two shorthanded markers.

In SFU’s lone victory this year, special teams were the difference again, except this time it favoured Simon Fraser as they scored three goals with the extra man and didn’t allow any goals on either special teams.

In three games, forward Jaime Laprise and former Abbotsford Pilot (PIJHL) defenceman Kyle Boyko lead the team in points with four each.  Forward Ben Van Lare – who spent time with the Saskatoon Blades (WHL) and Dalhousie University amongst other teams – leads the team in goals with three while Patrik Martin and Warren Gardner each have two tallies on the season. Ten players on SFU have at least two points.

In goal, Simon Fraser has relied upon former Lethbridge Hurricanes prospect Justin Mulholland to carry the load as he’s started all three games this year and has a 3.36 goals against average and a .867 save percentage.


Last Updated: 2010-10-20
Author: Mark Janzen