Langley, British Columbia - The Trinity Western men's hockey team drops the puck on its season Friday at 7:00 p.m. as they take on Fraser Valley in the first game of the regular season and the first Spartans hockey game in 20 years. The team will also play an exhibition game Saturday at 1:00 p.m. against the Junior B Aldergrove Kodiaks of the PIJHL.

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SPARTANS (0-0-0)
BCIHL Standing: N/A
Last Week: Did Not Play
Streak: N/A
2009-10 BCIHL record (as Titans): 10-12-2 (5th)
2009-10 BCIHL playoffs (as Titans): 1-2 (4th)
Last BCIHL title: N/A

For the first time in 20 years, the Trinity Western men’s hockey team will skate on to the ice for a game dressed in Spartans attire. And with the new name and new umbrella in which the varsity hockey team will now play under came a plentitude of new players.

Coach Dwayne Lowdermilk recruited from all over North America and when the Spartans open their season against Fraser Valley Friday night, the team will look vastly different from last year’s club squad.

Leading the way offensively will likely be Robert Vos, who, while playing with Fraser Vally, led the BCIHL in scoring last year with 23 goals and 29 assists in 23 games. Vos transferred to Trinity Western for this year and will immediately take a leading role in helping guide the Spartans. Also expected to take a large offensive role will be Jeff Barberis who comes to TWU via Texas. Although Barberis is only 5-foot-9, the feisty forward packs a punch and, while putting pucks in the net, watch for him to pop a few hits not usually associated with guys his size.

Key returning veterans from last year’s roster up front include Josh Stephenson, who was third on the team with 24 points in 24 games, Trevor Beaupre, who had 23 points in 24 games and Trevor Edwards, who had 13 points in 19 games.

Defensively, the Spartans are big. They don’t have a defenceman shorter than 6-foot-1 and they range all the way up to the 6-foot-7 Brenden Stephen. The defence also includes former Aldergrove Kodiaks defenceman Aaron Heggie , who is 6-foot-6  and  returning players Peter Masterton of Fort Langley, B.C., who is 6-foot-4 and Langley’s Kevin Taylor, who is 6-foot-3.

In net, the Spartans will rely on the tandem of John-Paul Chapman and Sean Langrieger. Chapman played in 23 games last year for TWU, posting a 4.17 GAA and a .879 save percentage, but he’ll be pushed all season by the first-year Langrieger.

The key early on for TWU will be gelling as a unit. The team looks to have to the talent to be a highly competitive squad but with so many new faces, building chemistry is priority number one.

BCIHL Standing: N/A
Last Week: Did Not Play
Streak: N/A
2009-10 BCIHL record: 13-10-1 (3rd)
2009-10 BCIHL playoffs: 0-2 (5th)
Last BCIHL title: N/A

The University of the Fraser Valley Hockey Club kicks off the season looking to forget what happened in last year’s playoffs and move forward.

Fraser Valley finished third last year in the BCIHL with a 13-10-1 record but faltered in the playoffs as they were eliminated after losing their first two games. And the team that knocked them out of the playoffs just so happened to be Trinity Western as the then Titans beat Fraser Valley 4-3.

Other than their playoff game, the last time Trinity Western played Fraser Valley was the final game of the regular season where Trinity Western was felled by their local rival 4-2 at the Langley Events Centre.

PIJHL Standing: 2nd in Harold Brittain Conference
Last Game: Grandview Steelers 7-5 W
Streak: 1 Win
2009-10 PIJHL record: 25-20-0-3 (2nd in conference)
2009-10 PIJHL playoffs: 12-3 (1st)
Last PIJHL title: 2010

The Aldergrove Kodiaks will play the Spartans in an exhibition game Saturday that will give the Kodiaks an opportunity for a few tweeks and a tune-up as they get their Pacific International Junior Hockey League schedule going.

The Kodiaks are defending PIJHL champions after running roughshod over their post-season opposition as they ran their overall playoff record to 12-3.

This year, Aldergrove’s offence has been led by Colton Precourt (five points in three games), Thomas Hardy (three goals and one assists in four games) and Ryan Veillet (three points in three games).

On defence, Chad Veillet has two goals while Cody Rowand has potted a pair of assists.

Between the pipes, goalies Braydon Glinnum and Mark Menicucci have split duties with Glinnum posting the better numbers as he is 1-0-0 with a 3.60 GAA and a .878 save percentage.-


Last Updated: 2010-09-22
Author: Mark Janzen