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MEN’S HOCKEY (BCIHL)
SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 2011
TWU SPARTANS (3) AT THE OKANAGAN COLLEGE COYOTES (8)
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COYOTES SKATE PAST SPARTANS
KELOWNA, British Columbia – The Trinity Western University Spartans men’s hockey team struggled from the start in Saturday night’s game against the Okanagan College as they fell behind 2-0 in the first two minutes and never recovered in an 8-3 loss in Kelowna, B.C.
The loss drops the Spartans to 6-8-1 on the season, while the win improves the Coyotes to 11-4-1.
Special teams proved to be the difference in the game as TWU went 0-12 on the power play, while Okanagan went 2-6. Despite having the power play advantage the Spartans were outshot 38-27.
Okanagan opened the scoring just 34 seconds into the contest on a goal by Brock Munro. The Coyotes Dave Nesbitt followed the opening goal with another less than a minute later to make it 2-0 for Okanagan at the 18:32 mark of the first period.
The Spartans were able to hold of the Coyotes for the remainder of the period, but once again struggled in the second period as Okanagan’s Luc Blinkhorn at 17:17, Brock Munro with his second at 10:10 and Sasha Golin at 9:37 to give the home team the 5-0 lead.
The Spartans Ian Spencer got TWU on the board at 8:49, but the Coyotes Dave Mann responded with a power play goal less than a minute later, 8:12, to make it 6-1 for Okanagan. TWU’s Brendan Stephen got the Spartans second of the night with 18 second remaining to make it 6-2 heading into the final frame.
The Spartans Trevor Beaupre made it a three goal game with TWU’s third marker of the game at the 10:02 mark of the final frame. But it was as close as TWU would get as Okanagan closed out the period with goals from James Neitsch at 5:59 and Sasha Golin at 0:18 to make the final 8-3.
TWU goalies John-Paul Chapman, 40 minutes, and Tim Zwiers, 20 minutes, split the net minding duties for the Spartans, while Adam Butler made 36 saves to earn the win. Chapman made 20 saves on 24 shots, while Zwiers made 10 saves on 14 shots.
The Spartans next game will be at Thompson Rivers in Kamloops on Saturday, January 28.
Game Notes: Okanagan claimed the tree stars of the game: James Neitsch – first, Brock Munro – second and Kelly Loudoun – third…
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