VIDEO: MEN’S HOCKEY HOSTS VICTORIA FRIDAY, SATURDAY

MEN'S HOCKEY (BCIHL)
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2010
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VIDEO: MEN’S HOCKEY HOSTS VICTORIA FRIDAY, SATURDAY

LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Spartans men’s hockey team (3-5-1) will host the University of Victoria (6-3-1) Friday at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday at 3:00 p.m. The Spartans are coming off a 9-1 win over the Selkirk Saints and are looking for their first winning streak of the year.

After the game, there will be a free to the public “Skate with the Spartans”  from 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Skates are available to rent for $3.

SPARTANS (3-5-1)
BCIHL Standing: 5th
Last Game: Selkirk 9-1 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 Spartans are coming off by far their biggest win of the season after trouncing the visiting Selkirk Saints 9-1 last weekend. Led by an Ian Spencer hat-trick, TWU used a three-goal first period to stake its early dominance and a five-goal third period to wrap up the festivities.

The Spartans had everything clicking. They outshot Selkirk 44-10. They went three for nine on the power play. And 16 different players hit the scoresheet, including defenceman Pete Masterton’s four-point night and three-point efforts from Nathan Wiebe, Robert Vos and Spencer.

Goalie Sean Langrieger only had to make nine saves for his first ever win as a Spartan.

But while the victory was impressive, given the opposition – a Saints team that has one win all year – it didn't exactly make a huge statement to the rest of the league.

A sweep in this weekend’s two-game series with Victoria would.

The Spartans are only six points back of Victoria for the fourth and final playoff spot and with a pair of wins, TWU would move within two points of Victoria, with a game in hand, going into the Christmas break.

Through the first nine games, the Spartans are averaging 3.30 goals per game and 3.40 goals against per game.

The Spartans man advantage attack continues to be effective when the opportunities arise - the Spartans have had a league low 44 power plays - as TWU’s power play is scoring on 20.5 per cent of its chances (2nd in the BCIHL). The penalty kill is fourth in the league at 84.4 per cent.

Vos, who transferred this year from the University of Fraser Valley, continues to sit atop the Spartans scoring race with seven goals and five assists in nine games (19th in the BCIHL). Wiebe is second with four goals and six assists while Masterton is third with four goals and five assists.

Goalie John-Paul Chapman has played in eight games this year and has a 3.71 goals against average and a .896 save percentage, while Langrieger has a 1.82 GAA and a .919 save percentage in parts of three games.

VICTORIA (6-3-1)
BCIHL Standing: 4th
Last Game: Okanagan 6-3 W
Streak: 1 Win
2009-10 BCIHL record: 9-11-4 (6th)
2009-10 BCIHL playoffs: N/A
Last BCIHL title: 2009

The University of Victoria hockey club has turned things around this year after a tough 2009-10 season when they missed the playoffs for the first time in the league’s three-year history.

After posting a 9-11-4 record last year that saw them fall two points short in a three-way battle with Okanagan College and Trinity Western for the final playoff spot, Victoria cranked their play up this year and are sitting in fourth place and only five points behind third place Okanagan College, with three games in hand.

So this weekend, could be a huge one on more than one front. With a potential sweep, not only would Victoria close the gap to within one point of Okanagan College, they would also find themselves very comfortably in a playoff spot as they would be 10 points clear of fifth place TWU.

On the other hand, if Victoria gets swept, the Spartans would only be two points behind them and also possess a game in hand.

After 10 games this year, Victoria is averaging 4.10 goals per game and 2.90 goals against per game. On special teams, Victoria is fourth in the league in power play efficiency (17.7 per cent) and third in the league in penalty kill efficiency (84.5 per cent).

Leading the offensive charge for Victoria has been the duo of Matthew Bell and Brent Sutherland. Bell is tied for the BCIHL scoring lead with 21 points in 10 games while Sutherland is tied for fifth in the BCIHL with 18 points in 10 games.

After the leading pair, a couple of rookies in Mark Prest (12 points) and Dennis Pavlina (10 points) have also made large offensive contributions.

Defencemen Philip Barter and Doug Evans each have six points to lead the team’s blueliners.

Early in the year, goaltending duties were split between Simon Barer and Ryan Gray but recently it’s been Barer and Tim Manuel, who had his first start with Victoria last Friday, sharing the crease.

In five games, Barer has a 2.15 GAA and a .929 save percentage while Manuel, albeit in just one game, has a 4.00 GAA and a .857 save percentage.

-TW-

 

Last Updated: 2010-12-04
Author: Mark Janzen