SPARTANS PLAY FINAL HOME GAME OF THE SEASON

MEN’S HOCKEY (BCIHL)
THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012
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SPARTANS PLAY FINAL HOME GAME OF THE SEASON

LANGLEY, British Columbia
–This week the Spartans men’s hockey team will play their last home game of the season against the University of Victoria. The Spartans have had a tumultuous season and have struggled to win games. Their opponent this weekend will be the fourth place Victoria, who are back in action after two weeks without games. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Langley Events Centre. The game can also be seen live on www.langleyeventscentre.com.

Trinity Western Spartans (4-13-4)
Last Games: Thompson Rivers 4-3 L
2010-2011 BCIHL Record: 10-12-2, 5th
2010-2011 BCIHL Playoffs: 1-2, 4th


The Spartans will be on home ice for the last time this regular season as they seek to end the 2011-2012 season on a high note against Victoria.

Last weekend the Spartans played the third place Thompson Rivers WolfPack in a game at Kamloops, B.C. Despite leading going into the third period, the Spartans were overwhelmed in the third and found themselves on the losing side of a 4-3 game after 60 minutes.

In the first period the WolfPack wasted no time in finding the back of the net, as Cory Lockwood sent the puck past Tim Zwiers to give Thompson Rivers a 1-0 lead. The WolfPack managed to keep their lead for only a few minutes before the Spartans managed to tie the game.

About three minutes in, Tristano Falbo evened the game score with his first goal from Brandon Long and Joshua Gordon. This would be kick off a long scoreless period, as the first period was otherwise uneventful. Falbo found himself in the penalty box in the first half of the first period, but the WolfPack was unable to capitalize on the advantage and the game remained 1-1 at the end of the first period.

In the second period, both teams exchanged shots but nothing snuck past either goalie until the final minute of the frame. With less than half a minute left, Long sunk his first of the night to give the Spartans a 2-1 lead.

But the WolfPack came back swinging, scoring three unanswered goals to make it a 4-2 game. The Spartans’ Chris Stew tried to spark a comeback with a goal two minutes from the end of the game, but it was a case of too little, too late as the Spartans ultimately fell 4-3.

Tim Zwiers was once again stellar between the pipes, posting 32 saves and stealing the second star of the game.  Conversely, the both teams struggled on the power play, as the Spartans went 0-for-2 and the WolfPack were scoreless in three chances.

Victoria (8-10-2)
Last Games:  Thompson Rivers 5-1 L, 7-6 W
2010-2011 BCIHL Record: 13-10-1, 4th
2010-2011 BCIHL Playoffs: 2-2, 3rd


Victoria is sitting in a playoff position as they have control of the fourth and final playoff position. They have had two weekend byes in a row, so look to shake off the cobwebs in this game against the Spartans in Langley, B.C.

The last weekend that the Vikes played was a pair of games at home against the Thompson Rivers WolfPack. The Vikes started the weekend offensively-challenged, finding themselves on the wrong end of a 5-1 game.

The first period gave the WolfPack a lead due to Casey Patterson’s late goal, making it a 1-0 game going into the first intermission. Early in the second period the Vikes made a move of their own, a goal from Doug Evans to even the score at 1-1. Within a couple of minutes the WolfPack took their second lead of the night that they would keep until the end. By the end of the second period Thompson Rivers held a 3-1 lead and control of the game.

In the last period it was more of the same, as the WolfPack added two more goals to their tally to make it a 5-1 loss for the Vikes. Jason Margolus made 20 saves for Victoria in the losing effort.

The second game of the series was a rollercoaster affair, starting with a raucous first period. Thompson Rivers controlled the first frame and took an impressive 4-0 lead by the buzzer.

But Victoria set a completely different tone in the second period, starting with Francis Gonella’s goal two minutes into the period.  This sparked a parade of goals by Victoria that not only cut into the WolfPack lead but managed to overcome it. The next four goals belonged to Victoria, scored by Justin Ferreira, Eli Wiebe, and power play goals by Evans and Brent Sutherland. By the end of the second period Victoria managed a slim 5-4 lead over their rival.

The third period saw the two teams exchange goals, starting with the WolfPack’s tying goal to make the game 5-5. Sutherland netted his second of the night to return the lead to Victoria, but Thompson Rivers answered less than a minute later to make it a 6-6 game. With five minutes left in the game Mark Prest scored a power play goal to take the lead for good and give the Vikes a 7-6 win.

Margolus made 23 saves to earn the win.

To learn more about the Spartans follow them on twitter @TWUSpartans or on Youtube/SpartansSID or visit the official Spartans website at www.gospartans.ca.

-TW-

Last Updated: 2012-03-01
Author: Scott Stewart