SPARTANS LOOK TO BOUNCE BACK AGAINST SIMON FRASER

MEN’S HOCKEY (BCIHL)
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2012
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SPARTANS LOOK TO BOUNCE BACK AGAINST SIMON FRASER

LANGLEY, British Columbia – After a disappointing 4-3 loss to Simon Fraser last week, in which the Trinity Western men’s hockey team saw a 3-0 second period lead disappear and SFU score late to secure the win, the Spartans have a chance this Friday for a little retribution. Trinity Western will host SFU Friday at 7 p.m. at the Langley Events Centre as it looks to not only turn the tables on SFU but also earn its first win of the year. The game will be streamed live at www.fasthockey.com.

TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS (0-5-0-0)

BCIHL position: 6th
Last weekend: Simon Fraser 4-3 L
Streak: 5 losses
2011-2012 BCIHL Record: 4-15-5, 6th
2011-2012 BCIHL Playoffs: N/A
Last BCIHL title: N/A

After a tough start to the 2012-13 BCIHL season in which the Spartans lost their first four games and were outscored 24-8, last week’s effort against Simon Fraser was a marked improvement. With stellar goaltending from Harry Fredeman – who finished the game with 45 saves – and opportunistic scoring, the Spartans burst out of the gate and opened a 3-0 lead midway through the second period. But late in the middle frame, SFU got on the board and, in the third period, filled the Spartans net. With three markers in the final stanza, including the game-winner with less than two minutes left, SFU sent the Spartans to their fifth loss of the year in what was certainly TWU’s best game of the season.

This week, the Spartans will look to reverse last weekend’s result against an SFU side that is 1-7-1 against TWU over the past three years in league play.

But if last weekend’s tilt at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre is any indication, the Spartans are more than capable of playing with SFU.  And if the Spartans can get goaltending from Fredeman like they did last weekend and a few timely goals, Friday could be the night the Spartans finally get into the win column.

Through five games this year, the Spartans have been led offensively by Jamie Russell, who has three goals and one assist, and Jamey Kreller, who has two goals and two assists. Matt Chaput has one goal and two assists to round out the team’s top three scorers.

Despite a few lopsided scores this season, TWU’s defence has looked like a group with plenty of promise. Led by the strong play of captain Brad Bakken, Tyler Miller, Blair Murphy and Jake Harcoff – the latter of which is leading TWU defenceman in points with a goal and an assist – there is reason to be optimistic that this defensive core can eventually be amongst the best in the BCIHL.

In goal, Fredeman has largely taken over starting duties and has seen time in all five games this year. In 237 minutes, he has made 153 saves and has a .890 save percentage.

SIMON FRASER (3-0-0-0)

BCIHL position: 2nd
Last weekend: Trinity Western 4-3 W
Streak: 3 wins
2011-2012 BCIHL RecordL: 17-2-5, 1st
2011-2012 BCIHL Playoffs: 2-2, 2nd
Last BCIHL title: 2011

The Simon Fraser men’s hockey team is once again off to a good start this year as it still possess an unblemished record through its first three games. But while SFU has yet to lose, it has been something of an up and down start to the year for last year’s regular season champions.

Simon Fraser opened the season against Eastern Washington and needed a shootout to beat the Eagles 4-3. The following game, in a rematch of the championship final, SFU pounded last year’s BCIHL champions from Victoria by a 12-1 count. Then, this past weekend, SFU needed to rally from a three-goal deficit to beat TWU.

The question now is: What SFU team will show up Friday night at the Langley Events Centre?

After what happened last weekend, when SFU outshot TWU 49-19 but still only squeaked out a 4-3 win, one can bet the boys from Burnaby, B.C. will be fired up for Friday’s tilt.

Through three games this year, SFU has been, not surprisingly, led by last year’s league-leading point-getter Ben Van Lare, who has three goals and four assists so far this season. Not far behind Van Lare, are Christopher Hoe and Bruin McDonald, who have each contributed one goal and five assists, and Jono Ceci, who has registered one goal and four assists.

But while Van Lare leads the team in scoring, Simon Fraser has had a balanced attack this year as it already has 12 different goal-scorers and 17 players with at least a point.

In net, SFU has had a different goalie start in each game this year. Graeme Gordon started for SFU in the first game of the year and made 28 saves on 31 shots. Evan Kurylo started the second game against Victoria and made 28 saves on 29 shots. And Andrew Parent was between the pipes against TWU and stopped 16 of the 19 shots he faced.

-TW-

Last Updated: 2012-11-07
Author: Mark Janzen