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MEN’S HOCKEY (BCIHL)
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2011
TWU SPARTANS (2) SELKIRK SAINTS (2)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SPARTANS TIE SAINTS IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE
CASTLEGAR, British Columbia – The Trinity Western men’s hockey team concluded its BCIHL regular season schedule with a 2-2 tie on the road against Selkirk Saturday night.
The Spartans, playing with a bench of just 14 skaters, got the opening goal shorthanded from Jonathan Woof and then, after Selkirk tied it up in the second, reestablished their lead with a Brandon Long goal before the second frame was out, but then saw the Saints even things up in the third period as the two teams skated to a stalemate.
The tie gives TWU a 10-12-2 record on the year as they will finish fifth in the BCIHL standings. For Selkirk, the tie gives them a season-ending record of 4-19-1 as they will finish sixth overall in the BCIHL.
The Spartans were the better team throughout much of the game as they outshot Selkirk 36-22 and forced Saints goalie Todd Hoodicoff to make 34 saves just to preserve the single point.
With TWU outshooting the Saints 13-7 in the opening period, Woof’s tally with 1:50 to go in the period was more than deserved and gave the Spartans a confident advantage going into the middle stanza.
In the second period, despite TWU outshooting Selkirk 12-8, instead of the Spartans pulling away, the teams traded goals – first Caleb Georgetti scored from Cody Baker and Scott Traverse for Selkirk and then Long’s goal arrived with assists to Josh Stephenson and Sam Gemmell – and thus went to the third period with the same one-goal TWU advantage.
But just nine seconds into the third period, Traverse knotted the game at two with a goal assisted by Devin Kerckhof and Josh Mace and score what would be his team's last goal of the season. From there on, TWU outshot Selkirk 11-6 but couldn't get the go-ahead marker.
Spartans goalie John-Paul Chapman made 20 saves while back-up goalie suited up as a player for the second time in as many nights.
1st – Todd Hoodicoff – Selkirk
2nd – Brandon Long – Trinity Western
3rd – Devin Kerckhof – Trinity Western
The Spartans will play their first game of the BCIHL playoffs Mar. 13 at 4:00 p.m. against Victoria at the Burnaby Winter Club. The Saints season is over as they will miss the playoffs.
NOTES: The Spartans finished with 20 penalty minutes to Selkirk’s 14…the Spartans power play was 0 for 4 while Selkirk’s was 0 for 7.
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