LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Spartans men’s hockey team (2-5-1) will host the Selkirk College Saints (1-9-0) Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The Spartans are coming off a 5-4 loss to Thompson Rivers are are looking for just their second win on home ice this year.

SPARTANS (2-5-1)
BCIHL Standing: 5th
Last Game: TRU 5-4 L
Streak: 1 Tie
2009-10 BCIHL record (as Titans): 10-12-2 (5th)
2009-10 BCIHL playoffs (as Titans): 1-2 (4th)
Last BCIHL title: N/A

Since winning their first game of the regular season over Fraser Valley, Trinity Western has stumbled hard.

They have now won only one game in their last seven outings, posting a record of 1-5-1 along the way. Trinity Western’s most recent setback was a 5-4 loss to Thompson Rivers on the road Nov. 13.

But with the 1-9-0 Selkirk College Saints in Langley Saturday afternoon, the Spartans have a golden opportunity to get going in the right direction.

But if the Spartans want to get going in that direction, they’ll have to start by trying to make up the difference between them and the four BCIHL teams currently sitting in a playoff spot, which is pretty much one goal for and one goal against per game. Trinity Western has only averaged 2.60 goals per game while giving up 3.80 goals per game.

And while at first glance, it seems to be that it’s special teams that have held the team relatively afloat –   through eight games, TWU is third in power play efficiency (17.1 per cent) and fourth in penalty kill percentage (82.0 per cent) – the numbers aren’t entirely accurate.

The Spartans power play percentage is fine, it’s getting the man-advantage opportunities that has been the problem. They have only had 35 power plays all year, scoring six times, which is more than 20 less than their nearest competitor.

Offensively, Robert Vos continues to be the team’s leader with five goals and four assists in eight games. Rookie Nathan Wiebe is second with seven points, while defencemen Pete Masterton has five points and Brendan Stephen has four.

Goalie John-Paul Chapman has played in all eight games this year and has a 3.71 goals against average and a .896 save percentage. But you can expect Sean Langrieger to get the start Saturday after he played 19 minutes of mop-up duty in the Spartans last game anddidn’t allow a goal. He has a 3.08 GAA and a .909 save percentage in 39 minutes this year.

SELKIRK (1-9-0)
BCIHL Standing: 6th
Last Game: Okanagan 4-3 L
Streak: 5 Losses
2009-10 BCIHL record: 2-21-1 (7th)
2009-10 BCIHL playoffs: N/A
Last BCIHL title: N/A

The Selkirk College Saints have one win all year and that came against the winless Fraser Valley Cascades. Other than that, it’s been a lot of both struggling to score goals and struggling to stop them.

Although the Saints only lost to 8-3-0 Okanagan College 4-3 in their last game, the tight final score was more of a blip in the schedule than a developing trend. Despite keeping the game close, the Saints were outshot 45-28 and only made it a one-goal game by scoring in the final two minutes of the contest.

Through 10 games this year, the Saints are averaging a league-low 2.20 goals for per game and a league-high 6.40 goals against per game.

Their power play is working at a league worst 10.3 per cent and their penalty kill is fifth in the seven team league, running at 81.1 per cent.

While the power play has struggled overall, on the road Selkirk has very rather respectable with the extra man. The Saints are third in the BCIHL as they’ve scored on 27.8 per cent of their road power plays.

Offensively the team is lead by Travis Herlein who has six goals and two assists in 10 games. Herlein is followed by Scott Traverse who has six points while three other players are tied with five points each (Scott Jago, Caleb Georgetti and Leighton Allsop).

The Saints leading scorer from the blueline is Caleb Roy, who has four points in 10 games.

In net, goalie Spenser Wong has played in parts of nine games this year, registering a 6.31 GAA and a .869 save percentage. Back-up Todd Hoodicoff has played in four games and has a 6.33 GAA and a .846 save percentage.



Last Updated: 2010-11-25
Author: Mark Janzen