MEN’S HOCKEY (BCIHL)
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SPARTANS IN HOME-AND-HOME WITH SIMON FRASER
LANGLEY, British Columbia – This weekend the Spartans hockey team host cross-town nemisis Simon Fraser University. Friday’s match up is the fourth match-up of the year between the two squads with SFU holding a 3-0 margin. The two teams will battle again tomorrow night in Burnaby, B.C. Tonight’s game will also be streamed live from the Langley Events Centre website and Sportscanada.tv.
Trinity Western (4-10-3)
Last Games: Selkirk 6-5 W, Okanagan 9-3 L
2010-2011 BCIHL Record: 10-12-2, 5th
2010-2011 BCIHL Playoffs: 1-2, 4th
Last weekend the Spartans earned a split during their two game home stand, including an exciting come from behind win against Selkirk.
In their first game against Selkirk Saints, the Spartans fell behind early. The Saints scored two goals on the power play before the first period was half over. In reply, the Spartans’ Brandon Long single handedly tied up the game with two goals of his own to make it a 2-2 game.
The Selkirk team added another goal to their first period tally when Scott Traverse sent one home on the blocker side to give the Saints a 3-2 lead going to the dressing room. In the second period the Saints added another goal to double their lead. But Long once against took things into his own hands, scoring his third goal of the game and bringing the Spartans to back within one goal.
Selkirk regained their two goal advantage with another marker in the second to make it a 5-3 game. This sparked the Spartans comeback, as Brody Hemrick beat the Saints goalie to bring the Spartans to within one in the middle of the second period. Early in the third period Matt Chaput added a the tying goal to bring the score to 5-5.
Once again, Long turned out to be the Spartan hero, as the winger found the back of the Saints net to score the last goal of the game. The Spartans finished with a 6-5 victory.
On the following night, the Spartans made a valiant effort but were completely overwhelmed latter half of the game by the Okanagan Coyotes. Long opened the scoring in the first period to put the Spartans up 1-0, but his goal was matched late in the first period to make it a tie game. Trevor Edwards added a goal for the Spartans to take their last lead of the game.
Late in the second period the Coyotes took complete control of the game, earning a 5-3 score going into the second intermission. In the third the Coyotes added four more goals to seal the deal. Trevor Beaupre earned credit for the last Spartan goal when the Coyotes goalie made a clearing error, but it would only bring the final score to 9-3. The Spartans led in shots, 41-39 in the lopsided affair.
Last Games: Selkirk 12-4 W, TRU 5-4 L
2010-2011 BCIHL Record: 18-4-2, 2nd
2010-2011 BCIHL Playoffs: 3-1, 1st
SFU has been sitting pretty atop the BCIHL standings for most of the season, but suffered their first regulation defeat last weekend against Thompson Rivers, giving hope to the other teams that Simon Fraser can be overcome.
In the first game of their weekend series, SFU played the rival WolfPack. Simon Fraser found themselves down early, as the WolfPack scored two unanswered goals in the first period to take the lead. The second period was rather quiet aside from Ben Van Lare’s power play goal for Simon Fraser to cut the Thompson Rivers lead in half.
Freshly back from the second intermission the WolfPack added another tally to their lead, giving them a very brief 3-1 lead. A little over a minute later SFU started their comeback attempt. Simon Fraser netted three goals within a few minutes, one by Colton Graf and two by Jono Ceci, including the power play go-ahead goal.
But despite the grit that SFU displayed, it wasn’t meant to be their game. Jose Reyes singlehandedly put the WolfPack back on top for good, earning them a 5-4 win.
On Saturday Simon Fraser played with no mercy against the Selkirk Saints. SFU took a 2-0 lead within the first five minutes of the game with goals from Van Lare and Christopher. Joey Pavone added the team’s last goal of the frame in the final two minutes, to give them a 3-1 lead going to the dressing room.
In the second period it was a mess of goals, mostly in favour of SFU. Graf and Tony Oak each scored their first of the game, while Van Lare added a power play marker and Ceci added a full strength and power play goal to Simon Fraser effort.
The last period saw SFU continue to pour it on as they scored four even strength goals. Pavone got his second of the game, while Ceci completed his hat trick by the mid-point of the third period. Van Lare earned a hat trick of his own in the final half of the period, while Tyler Mah managed to sink the 12th and last goal for Simon Fraser. By the time the game ended SFU had earned a 12-4 win.
Simon Fraser split goaltending duties between Andrew Parent and backup Graeme Gordon. The team wound up pummeling the opposing goalie with 48 shots on the night.
Last Updated: 2012-02-09