LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Spartans men’s hockey team (2-4-0) will host the University of Fraser Valley (0-8-0) Friday night at 7:00 p.m. The Spartans are coming off a 3-2 win over Fraser Valley in their last game on Halloween night while Fraser Valley is just looking for its first win of the year.

SPARTANS (2-4-0)
BCIHL Standing: 5th
Last Game: Fraser Valley 3-2 W
Streak: 1 Win
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 Trinity Western men’s hockey team comes into this weekend’s tilt with Fraser Valley looking for its first winning streak of the season.

And the opportunity will be there for the taking as the Spartans play a Fraser Valley team that is winless (0-8) this year and has provided TWU with both of its wins.

Through six games this year, the Spartans have averaged 2.20 goals per game (6th in the BCIHL) while allowing 3.50 goals against per game (5th in the BCIHL).

Before the Spartans three-goal effort on Halloween night against Fraser Valley, TWU had only scored one goal in each of its past three games as they were outscored 12-3.

While TWU has only scored 13 goals on the year, on the bright side, the Spartans power play has scored six of them. Trinity Western has scored on 21.4 per cent of its opportunities, which is second best in the league, and has had all six goals scored by different players.

Although the power play has been sharp, Trinity Western’s penalty kill has been rather hit and miss as they are fourth in the league with an 82.8 shorthanded percentage. Both of Fraser Valley’s goals were scored on the power play in its last game against TWU.

Leading the team offensively is Robert Vos as he has five points (three goals and two assists) in six games. Nathan Wiebe is second with three points. Eight other players have two points while six others have tallied one. Defenceman Brendan Stephen, who has two goals this year, leads the team with 18 penalty minutes.

Goalie John-Paul Chapman has assumed crease duties and has a 3.21 goals against average and a .903 save percentage.

The Spartans are 2-0 this year against Fraser Valley, beating them 5-4 in the season opening game and 3-2 on Oct. 31.

BCIHL Standing: 7th
Last Game: Trinity Western 3-2 L
Streak: 8 Losses
2009-10 BCIHL record: 13-10-1 (3rd)
2009-10 BCIHL playoffs: 0-2 (5th)
Last BCIHL title: N/A

After last year posting a 13-10-1 record, Fraser Valley has stumbled hard out of the gates in the 2010-11 season as they have yet to post a win and are mired in an eight game losing streak.

On the positive side for Fraser Valley, the closest it has come to a win was in both games against Trinity Western where they lost by just one goal. In all six of its other losses Fraser Valley has been felled by at least two goals.

Through eight games this year, Fraser Valley is averaging 2.50 goals per game (5th in the BCIHL) and is allowing 6.00 goals against per game (6th in the BCIHL).

Although UFV has only scored five goals on the power play and have just a 9.62 efficiency percentage (6th in the league), three of its man advantage goals have come against the Spartans.

While the power play has been relatively ineffective, except against TWU, the penalty kill has been worse. Fraser Valley has been scored upon a league-high 17 times this year while shorthanded and has only killed off 67.9 per cent of its penalties (7th in the BCIHL).

Individually, Fraser Valley has been led by defenceman Nathan Sagert (two goals and six assists) and forwards Andrew Shaw (two goals and six assists) and Riley Cullen (three goals and four assists).

The goaltending duties have been split three ways this year as Fraser Valley has searched for its answer between the pipes. Most often, and most recently, it’s been Adam Postmus in net as he has played in five games, has a 6.34 goals against average and has a .849 save percentage.



Last Updated: 2010-11-11
Author: Mark Janzen