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MEN’S HOCKEY (BCIHL)
FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 2011
THOMPSON RIVERS (6) TRINITY WESTERN (2)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SPARTANS STUMBLE IN THIRD PERIOD; FALL TO TRU
LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Thompson Rivers WolfPack came out in the third period with a mission as they took a 1-1 tie and turned it into a 6-2 victory knocking off Trinity Western Friday night at the Langley Events Centre.
The Spartans played a solid opening 40 minutes, holding the now league-leading WolfPack at bay, but, after they tied the game 2-2 early in the third, were unable to hang with a potent TRU attack.
The loss drops TWU’s record to 6-7-1 while TRU improves its record to 11-2-0.
“We held the stick a little tight,” said TWU coach Dwayne Lowdermilk. “You can’t have two goals against while we’re on the powerplay. But give them credit, they played a great game.”
The WolfPack was led offensively by Joel Leonard, with two goals, Andrew Fisher, with a goal and an assist and Dave Gore with two assists.
The Spartans Trevor Edwards and Matt Chaput each had a goal and an assist to lead Trinity Western.
But other than Edwards, Chaput and linemate Ian Spencer, there wasn’t much else going right for TWU.
“We only had one line going tonight and that was Ian, Edwards and Chaput,” Lowdermilk said. “They’re doing the smart things and they’re getting it on net and standing in front of the net. But it’s like a dog, you can beat it all day long but if it still wants to do the wrong things, what can you do?”
Trinity Western got on the board first when Matt Chaput scored 1:32 into the opening frame. The Spartans maintained pressure early with both Chaput and Sam Gemmell getting clear-cut breakaways, but TWU was unable to stretch its lead, taking a 1-0 advantage into the dressing room.
“We shot the puck. We got it on net,” Lowdermilk said. “We made things happen with each line doing its job. Then, In the second period we started to slowly break down and individuals came out. And In the third period, it didn’t matter what lines we threw out there.”
Thompson Rivers evened the score in the second when Leonard sniped a shot past TWU goalie Tim Zwiers, who was playing in his first game for the Spartans.
That set up a dominant third period.
Thompson Rivers Fisher scored a shorthanded tally early to take a 2-1 lead. Then Edwards got the Spartans back tied 2-2 on a goal just before the five minute mark. But then the WolfPack went on a tear, scoring four unanswered goals – from Leonard, Tyler Halliday, Zac Rasmussen and Casey Patterson – to wrap things up in tidy fashion.
The Spartans will travel to Kelowna Saturday to take on Okanagan College at 9:00 p.m. while the WolfPack will host Selkirk at 8:00 p.m.
First Star – Andrew Fisher – TRU
Second Star – Dave Gore – TRU
Third Star – Matt Chaput - TWU
GAME NOTES: The Spartans Zwiers finished with 22 saves on 28 shots while TRU goalie Anthony Manfredi made 27 saves on 29 shots…TRU scored one powerplay goal while TWU was held off the scoreboard with the man advantage.
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