ZWIERS NAMED BCIHL GOALTENDER OF THE YEAR

MEN’S HOCKEY (BCIHL)
TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2012
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ZWIERS NAMED BCIHL TOP GOALTENDER

LANGLEY, British Columbia –
Trinity Western men’s hockey goalie Tim Zwiers (Williams Lake, B.C.) was named the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League's Goaltender of the Year when the league awards were announced Tuesday.

The second-year Zwiers had a 3.86 goals against average and a .896 save percentage as he faced 577 shots, the third most in the league, and stopped 517. In 18 games played, he recorded one shutout, which came in a 0-0 tie with Eastern Washington Jan. 20.

Despite the Spartans missing the playoffs and Zwiers posting a 2-10-3 record, the Trinity Western goalie was the team’s backbone throughout the season and in seven games that finished as losses or ties, he allowed three goals or fewer.

Earlier this year, Zwiers was named the BCIHL Player of the Week for the week ending October 30th.

In a pair of starts that weekend, he helped the Spartans to their first victory of the season by stopping 24 shots in a 3-1 win over visiting Selkirk College Friday before facing a season-high 52 shots in a 3-3 draw with Okanagan College Saturday. The latter performance included 20 saves in the third period to help preserve a point for TWU.

Zwiers, who joined the Spartans midway through the 2010-11 campaign and played in five games in the spring semester, took over the Spartans starting job midway through this year’s fall semester.

Before coming to Trinity Western, Zwiers enjoyed stints in the WHL with both the Calgary Hitmen and Kelowna Rockets.

BCIHL AWARDS

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER - Ben Van Lare, Simon Fraser University

Van Lare re-wrote the BCIHL record books this season, establishing new league marks for goals and points in a season with 28 and 57 respectively in 24 games played. The former WHL and CIS forward was a model of consistency, picking up points in 23 of SFU's 24 games -- including 16 multi-point nights.

TOP DEFENCEMAN - Dave Mann, Okanagan College

Mann becomes the first back-to-back winner of the league's Top Defenceman award following a season where he captained the Coyotes to a school-best record of 16-4-4. The 25-year old led all BCIHL blueliners with 29 points whil eproviding a key shut-down presence defensively.

MOST SPORTSMANLIKE PLAYER - Christopher Hoe, Simon Fraser University

Hoe captained the Clan to a league-best record of 17-2-5 while collecting just 10 minutes in penalties in his first full BCIHL season. The 22-year old often flew under the radar offensively due to big years from linemates Ben Van Lare and Jono Ceci, but he finished second in the BCIHL with 28 assists.

COACH OF THE YEAR - Kim Barnstable, Okanagan College

Barnstable oversaw a Coyotes squad that took a big step forward in its third BCIHL season, guiding the team to a 16-4-4 record despite a 2-2-2 start. Okanagan was the league's top team down the stretch with a 7-1-2 record in their last 10 games and picked up seven of 10 points in games against SFU and TRU in 2012.

BCIHL FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM

Forward: Ben Van Lare, Simon Fraser University
Forward: Jordan Wood, Selkirk College
Forward: Aaron Buat, Okanagan College
Defence: Dave Mann, Okanagan College
Defence: Shane Oatway, Thompson Rivers University
Goaltender: Tim Zwiers, Trinity Western University

BCIHL SECOND ALL-STAR TEAM

Forward: Matthew Bell, University of Victoria
Forward: Andrew Fisher, Thompson Rivers University
Forward: Jono Ceci, Simon Fraser University
Defence: Justin Crosby, Eastern Washington University
Defence: Taylor Swaffield, Simon Fraser University
Goaltender: Sunny Gill, Okanagan College

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Last Updated: 2012-07-12
Author: Mark Janzen