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MEN’S HOCKEY (BCIHL)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2010
TRINITY WESTERN (9) SELKIRK (1)
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SPARTANS SEND SELKIRK PACKING IN ROUTE
LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Trinity Western men’s hockey team had a desperately needed breakout game Saturday afternoon as they romped to a 9-1 victory over the visiting Selkirk Saints at the Langley Events Centre.
For the first time all season, the Spartans scored more than five goals and the plethora of offence was more than sufficient.
The win moves the Spartans to 3-5-1 on the year while Selkirk drops to 1-10-0. But although TWU proved to be the much better squad on this afternoon – outshooting the Saints 44-10 en route to the victory – coach Dwayne Lowdermilk knows there’s still plenty of work before the Spartans are swinging with the big boys.
“When the score is 9-1, there’s not much to complain about other than the little things,” Lowdermilk said. “When you get ahead like that, suddenly everyone wants to be an individual. Next week, we’ll get back to paper and back to pen and get hard at her.”
The Spartans came out of the gate seemingly skating in sand and it took until midway through the period for TWU to find its stride. But when they did, they really did.
Trinity Western’s Josh Stephenson opened the scoring with just under five minutes left in the first period. Then, just over two minutes later, it was Ian Spencer giving TWU a 2-0 bulge, which was less than a minute before the Spartans Sam Ahlaren continued the goal barrage to give TWU a three-goal advantage going into the break.
In the second period, the Spartans outshot Selkirk 11-1 but were only rewarded with one goal – scored by Nathan Wiebe – while the Saints Brendan Blackmore scored an unassisted goal on their only shot of the frame to head to the third period trailing 4-1.
But in the final frame, the Spartans poured it on, scoring five goals in the first 10 minutes – two of which came off the stick of Spencer to complete the hat-trick – and cruised to their easiest win of the year.
“I’d say in third period, we played the full period,” Lowdermilk said. “Otherwise it was six or seven minutes in the first period and maybe five minutes in the second but it’s one of those great games you need to have where you just put the puck on net and it’s going in and we had that.”
After Spencer’s hat-trick, TWU was led by Pete Masterton who had a goal and three assists and Robert Vos who had a pair of goals. Spartans goalie Sean Langreiger made nine saves for the win.
Selkirk goalie Spenser Wong played two periods and the first three minutes of the third period, making 24 saves, while the Saints Todd Hoodicoff made 11 saves in 17 minutes of third period work.
The three stars of the game were: 1st – TWU Ian Spencer, 2nd – TWU Nathan Wiebe, 3rd – TWU Robert Vos.
Next up for the Spartans is Victoria on Friday, Dec. 3 at 7:00 p.m. at the Langley Events Centre.
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