SPARTANS HAVE WEEKEND DOUBLE HEADER AGAINST SELKIRK AND OKANAGAN

MEN’S HOCKEY (BCIHL)
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2012
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SPARTANS HAVE WEEKEND DOUBLE HEADER AGAINST SELKIRK AND OKANAGAN



LANGLEY, British Columbia
– This weekend the Trinity Western Spartans get back-to-back home games as they host the Selkirk College Saints and the Okanagan College Coyotes. Puck drop on both nights is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Langley Events Centre. Both games will be streamed live on at the LangleyEventsCentre.com. You can also follow the Spartans on Twitter @TWUSpartans or on YouTube at www.youtube/SpartansSID.

Trinity Western Spartans (3-9-3)
Last Games: Simon Fraser 8-1 L
2010-2011 BCIHL Record: 10-12-2, 5th
2010-2011 BCIHL Playoffs: 1-2, 4th


The Trinity Western Spartans have a pair of homes games this weekend at the Langley Events Centre. The Spartans have struggled lately, and have been unable to win in the last five games, despite earning a pair of ties.

Last weekend the Spartans took on the Simon Fraser Clan, the team that stands on top of the BCIHL standings.  In the game the Clan proved why they are the best team in the league, as they took a commanding win over their Spartan counterparts.

Trinity Western scored their goal in the first period, cutting the Simon Fraser lead in half to 2-1. But Simon Fraser really took control in the second period, when they added three goals to their total. In the third period, the Clan sealed the deal with three more goals to take the 8-1 win.

Despite some valid chances for Trinity Western, they had trouble finishing their plays and finding the net. Tim Zwiers made 29 saves in the effort, while backup goalie Kevin Currie made eight saves of his own.

Trinity’s penalty kill effectively kept killed off four of the six Clan power plays.

Selkirk College (3-14)
Last Games: Simon Fraser 6-1 L, Simon Fraser 10-1 L
2010-2011 BCIHL Record: 4-19-1, 6th
2010-2011 BCIHL Playoffs: N/A


Selkirk has been struggling this season, able to earn only three wins so far, and have scored 53 goals on the season. They will try to turn their luck around in a game against the Spartans on Friday.

In the first of two games against the Simon Fraser Clan at the Castlegar Recreation Centre, the Selkirk Saints were unable to overcome the streaking Clan. Simon Fraser took control from the very beginning of the game, scoring five unanswered goals within the first two periods. In the third period the Saints were able to catch a break. Nick Cecconi managed to earn the only Selkirk goal on the power play. Justin Sotkowy and Sandro Moser earned the assists in the dying minutes of the game.

By the final horn, the Clan took a 6-1 win over the Saints. Spenser Wong made 43 saves for Selkirk in the losing effort.

The second game against the Clan went no better for the Saints. The Clan was impressive on the power play, and went 6-for-9 on the man advantage. Meanwhile, the Saints were unable to find the net until the middle of the second period. Moser scored a power play goal from Sotkowy and Scott Jago to give the Saints their lone goal of the game. In the end the Clan earned a convincing 10-1 win over the Saints.

Todd Hoodicoff earned the start and took the loss, making 23 saves against the Clan.

Okanagan College (10-4-3)
Last Games: Simon Fraser 3-3 T
2010-2011 BCIHL Record: 13-10-1, 3rd
2010-2011 BCIHL Playoffs: 0-2, 5th


The Okanagan College Coyotes have been a force to be reckoned with this season. The Coyotes have found success in the regular season following last year’s post-season disappointment.

Okanagan College’s last game was a battle between the two highest ranked teams in the BCIHL. The Coyotes travelled to the Bill Copeland Sports Centre to battle the Simon Fraser Clan.  In the first period the two teams exchanged goals, with Chris Glen scoring a power play goal for Okanagan at the end of the first 20 minutes.

The two teams had chances in the second period, but neither team managed to find the back of the net, resulting in a 1-1 tie going into the third. The Coyotes took the lead early in the third period with a Layne Stopanski power play goal. But the Clan fought back by getting the next two goals and regaining the lead.

With five minutes left in the game Aaron Buat scored the tying goal to make it a 3-3 game. At the end of 60 minutes the game remained all tied up to give both teams a tie.

Despite the tie game, the Coyotes were relentless at the net hit by 41 shots at the Clan goalie. Sunny Gill made 30 saves for the Clan in the draw.

-TW-

Last Updated: 2012-02-02
Author: Mark Janzen