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MEN’S HOCKEY (BCIHL)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2010
UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA (4) TRINITY WESTERN (2)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
VICTORIA DOUBLES SPARTANS TO SNAP TWU WIN STREAK
LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Trinity Western Spartans were outscored 3-0 in the second period and were never able to fully recover as they saw their three-game win streak snapped with a 4-2 loss to Victoria Saturday afternoon.
The Spartans got themselves into penalty trouble in the middle frame – taking 34 minutes in penalties, including game misconducts to both Brendan Elenko (unsportsmanlike) and Brendan Stephen (checking from behind) – and Victoria took advantage with goals from Dennis Pavlina, Tommy Adair and Dustin Taylor to take what would be an insurmountable three-goal lead.
“We have to stay out of the penalty box,” said TWU coach Dwayne Lowdermilk. “It’s as simple as that. We had done well up until the second period but again it’s silly stuff. And then you get frustrated and start yapping and once you start yapping, you’re in the box. It’s just something else to work on in the new year.”
The loss drops TWU’s record to 4-6-1 on the year while the win improves Victoria to 7-4-1 and moves them six points clear of the Spartans for the fourth and final playoff position.
Victoria came out with a strong forecheck in the first period hemming the Spartans in their own zone from much of the opening frame and proved to be there better team for most of the first 20 minutes. Starting goalie Sean Langrieger was forced to make 11 saves in the first as TWU was outshot 11-4 but still escaped with a scoreless tie.
In the second, Victoria’s Pavlina scored just 43 seconds into the period, capitalizing on a Stephen turnover, by burying a quick shot low past the blocker of Langrieger. Taylor banged home Victoria’s second just over five minutes later and then, with TWU shorthanded, Adair scored what would be the game-winner with 8:27 left in the second.
The Spartans rallied with a pair of goals in the third period by Jeff Barberis, a quick shot high glove side off an offensive faceoff, and Sam Ahlgren, who slid the puck past diving Victoria goalie Tim Manuel, but it wasn’t enough on this afternoon. Ahlgren assisted on Barberis’ goal and Barberis assisted on Ahlgren’s goal.
Victoria’s Justin Ferriera scored a controversial goal with 3:27 left to play when he shoved the left pad of TWU goalie John-Paul Chapman - who entered the game in the second period after the third Victoria goal - and the puck into the net to regain Victoria’s two-goal edge.
Victoria’s Tyson Viehweger (two assists) and Adair (one goal and one assist) led their team with two points each.
“They made some line changes and they ended up with two solid lines,” Lowdermilk said. “And our guys took a while to get the idea of where and when they had to be forechecking and pushing that line and, as a team on the road, [Victoria] came up big.”
Game Notes: TWU’s Chapman finished with 17 saves on 18 shots while Victoria’s Manuel made 20 saves on 22 shots…TWU had 40 penalty minutes while Victoria had 16.
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