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MEN’S HOCKEY (BCIHL)
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2010
TWU SPARTANS (2) VS THE UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA (1)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SPARTANS EXTEND WINNING STREAK
LANGLEY, British Columbia – Led by the solid goaltending of JP Chapman and a disciplined team effort the Trinity Western University Spartans hockey team defeated the University of Victoria 2-1 in BCIHL action Friday night at the Langley Events Centre.
The win improves the Spartans to 4-5-1 and gives them a two game winning streak in BCIHL play and a three game overall winning streak, while the loss drops Victoria to 6-4-1.
“It was a solid team effort. We did a lot of things well tonight,” commented TWU head coach Dwayne Lowdermilk.
The Spartans were strong in a number of areas, but most notably on their penalty kill and power play. Their PK did not give up a power play goal to Victoria on their seven chances, which included a two man advantage for over a minute and a half between the end of the second period and the start of the third period and over a minute at the end of the game when Victoria pulled their goaltender. While at the other end of the ice the Spartans power play was one for six and got the eventual game winner off of the stick of Trevor Beaupre in the middle of the second period.
“Finally our hard work was starting to pay off and we got a couple nice goals and we dominated the second period as well,” commented TWU goaltender Jean-Paul Chapman. “It’s huge getting this win. We have a little thing on the board in our room that says how many games until the championship and we’re knocking them off one by one, so hopefully we come back with another big effort tomorrow.”
Victoria opened the scoring in at 3:14 in the first period. After a two on one break and a goalmouth scramble Victoria’s Steve Little was able to slide the puck past TWU’s Chapman. “We were pretty much dominating the first period and then they kind of got a fluke goal off our defenceman’s skate and it went right to one of their players. So it was definitely frustrating after the first period to be down by one,” added TWU’s Chapman.
The Spartans got the equalizer at 17:31 of the second period when TWU’s Ian Spencer took the puck off of the Victoria defenseman then scored on the wrap-a-round to beat UVIC’s Simon Barer and tie the game at 1-1.
Beaupre’s game winner came on the power play, when after a failed icing attempt by UVIC, Beaupre broke up the play in the neutral zone to give TWU the odd man rush where he found the back of the net from between the circles.
The third period saw the momentum shift toward the visitors as Victoria spent a significant amount of time in the Trinity Western end of the rink. But the Spartans were able to keep the puck to the outside of the zone and any shot attempts were either blocked by TW players or controlled by Chapman. Victoria pulled Barer from the net with 1:15 remaining, but even with the extra attacker Victoria was unable to get the equalizer as the Spartans held on for the well-earned 2-1 win.
The two teams will match up again tomorrow afternoon at the LEC arena. Game time is set for 3 p.m. Following the game at 6 p.m. there will be a chance for the public to “Skate with the Spartans”. Skate rental is available for $3.
Game Notes: TWU finished the contest with seven penalties for 14 minutes, while Victoria finished with six penalties for 12 minutes… TWU’s Brandon Long got two assists; while Aaron Heggie added an assist on the game winner…Victoria’s goal was assisted by Phil Barter… The Spartans are now 4-1-1 since Oct. 31...TWU outshot Victoria 27-24...
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