VIDEO: MEN’S HOCKEY HOSTS OKANAGAN COLLEGE AND EASTERN WASHINGTON

MEN'S HOCKEY (CANADA WEST)
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2010
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MEN’S HOCKEY HOSTS OKANAGAN COLLEGE AND EASTERN WASHINGTON

LANGLEY, British Columbia –
The Spartans men’s hockey team will host Eastern Washington Friday night at 7:00 p.m. in an exhibition game and then play Okanagan College Saturday at 2:00 p.m. The Spartans are coming off a 3-2 loss at Okanagan last weekend and are hoping to return the favour and improve their season record (1-1) to above .500.
 
Watch Saturday’s game vs. Okanagan College live HERE.



SPARTANS (1-1-0)
BCIHL Standing: 3rd (tied)
Last Week: Okanagan College 3-2 L
Streak: 1 Loss
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 are back on the ice at the Langley Events Centre Friday and Saturday looking to get back in the win column.

Last Saturday, Trinity Western was on the road for a game against Okanagan College and lost 3-2. The Spartans were actually up 2-0 on power play goals from Brendan Stephen and Ian Spencer before the Coyotes rallied with a pair of goals in the second period and the winner early in the final frame.

Through two games this year, the Spartans are averaging 3.50 goals for and 3.50 goals against per game. Fraser Valley transfer Robert Vos is leading the team in scoring with two goals and an assist while Stephen is impressing from the back end as he has two goals in two games.

In net, John-Paul Chapman has started both games and has a 3.55 goals against average (6th in the BCIHL) and .848 save percentage (8th in the BCIHL). Goalie Sean Langrieger has yet to get in a game.

Returning forward Josh Stephenson, who was third on the team in scoring last year with 24 points in 24 games, is tied with Stephen and Kevin Taylor with two points, while seven other Spartans have one point.

OKANAGAN COLLEGE (2-1-0)
BCIHL Standing: 2nd
Last Week: Simon Fraser 4-1 W, Trinity Western 3-2 W
Streak: 2 Wins
2009-10 BCIHL record: 11-11-2 (4th)
2009-10 BCIHL playoffs: 2-2 (2nd)
Last BCIHL title: N/A

The Okanagan College Coyotes lost their first game of the year 7-1 to league-leading Thompson Rivers but have since won their last two games, 4-1 over Simon Fraser and 3-2 over TWU.

Through three games, the Coyotes have had 15 players figure into the scoring. Rookie forward Brock Munro is leading the team with three goals on the year, two against SFU and the winning goal against TWU.

Okanagan has won both of its games at home with its lone loss coming on the road. The Coyotes are averaging 2.70 goals per game while allowing 3.30 goals against.

Goalies Adam Butler and Tony Johnston have split duties between the crease this year as both have received time in two games. Butler has a goals against average of 1.87 and a save percentage of .914 while Johnston’s GAA is 5.03 with a save percentage of .844.

Johnston started the first game of the year but was pulled after just 24 minutes against Thompson Rivers after allowing five goals. Butler played the latter half against TRU (allowing two goals) and started and finished the game against SFU. Johnston was back between the pipes against TWU on Saturday.

EASTERN WASHINGTON (0-0-0)
ACHA Standing: N/A
Last Week: DNP
Streak: N/A
2009-10 ACHA Record: 27-8-2-0-1

Eastern Washington plays in Division 2 of the American Collegiate Hockey Association.

Last year, the Eagles finished second in the West division. Forward Alex Arnold led the team in scoring with 28 goals and 22 assists in 38 games.

Returning goalie BJ Leach was part of a trio of Eagles goalies last year and he posted a record of 7-3, with a 2.28 goals against average and one shutout.

The team is filled with players from Washington, Oregon, Alaska and B.C.

Former Cowichan Valley Capitals (BCHL – Jr. A) Kris Boyce and Taylor McClay play for the Eagles as well as former KIJHL (Jr. B) players Shane Davis, Jason Greenwell, Shane Horlacher, Bret Kellogg, Kevin Ogle, Josh Pickens, Cam Sargent and Cash Ulrich.

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Last Updated: 2010-10-06
Author: Mark Janzen