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MEN’S HOCKEY (BCIHL)
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2010
TRINITY WESTERN (4) FRASER VALLEY (4)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRASER VALLEY RALLIES TO TIE SPARTANS
LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Trinity Western Spartans and Fraser Valley Cascades battled to a 4-4 tie Friday night. But for TWU, the result will be rather bitter, while for UFV, they will skate away with a cheeky smile after rallying from three goals down.
With the Spartans leading 4-1 with just over four minutes left in the second period, the Cascades Nathan Sagert sparked the comeback with a momentum swinging goal on a feed from Matt Ehrenreich.
And suddenly Fraser Valley had life.
In the third period the Cascades poured on the pressure as they scored two goals, the first by Ehrenreich and the second from Cameron Vandenbrink, to earn a much-celebrated tie.
“We got beat in two periods,” said Spartans coach Dwayne Lowdermilk. “In the second period they came back and in the third period they wanted that puck more than us.”
With the tie, the Spartans record moves to 2-4-1, while the tie gives UFV its first point of the season as their record is now 0-8-1.
The Spartans got off to a quick start in the first period as they staked themselves to a 3-0 lead before 20 minutes was over.
Joe Walter opened the scoring 8:27 into the first period as he scored his first of the season on a pass from Robert Vos. Then, less than five minutes later, it was Vos pulling the trigger as he put TWU up 2-0 with assists going to Pete Masterton and Nathan Wiebe. And just to emphasize what was an impressive opening frame, Masterton scored his second of the year, with assists to Wiebe and Scott Holmes, to give the Spartans the three-goal edge.
“In the first period, we were putting pucks to the net,” Lowdermilk said. “We were driving the net. We were making them turn. Their defence was struggling to get the puck out and we were on them. The first period was really strong. The first part of the second was strong and then we backed off and took stupid penalties.”
Just over two minutes into second, UFV’s Dave McPherson scored the Cascades opening goal, with assists to Andrew Shaw and Chris Price.
But, the Spartans quickly replied with a Brandon Long goal two minutes later to restore TWU’s three-goal lead and give them a 4-1 advantage.
Shortly thereafter, Trinity Western had its first of two goals called back – the second was midway through the third period – because the net was knocked off its moorings before the puck crossed the line.
And then, with TWU unfortunate to be unable to take a 5-1 lead, Sagert’s goal cued the UFV comeback.
Then, with 7:48 left in the third period, the Cascades closed the gap to within one with Ehrenreich’s power play goal after he found a loose puck on a goal mouth scramble.
And finally Fraser Valley tied the game on another power play when the Spartans Pete Matheson whiffed on a clearing attempt from behind the net and Ehrenreich grabbed it, made a quick pass to Cameron Vandenbrink who slammed it past TWU goalie John-Paul Chapman.
The Spartans will travel to Thompson Rivers for their next game Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. while UFV’s next game is Nov. 19 as they host TRU at 7:00 p.m.
First Star – Matt Ehrenreich - UFV
Second Star – Robert Vos - TWU
Third Star – Nathan Sagert - UFV
GAME NOTES – The Spartans were whistled for 28 penalty minutes while UFV had 24 PIM…all at one whistle, UFV’s Graham Fast was given a two-minute check to the head penalty, a four minute penalty for spearing, and a 10-minute misconduct in the second period…Shots were 33-33.
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