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MEN’S HOCKEY (BCIHL)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2011
THOMPSON RIVERS (5) TRINITY WESTERN (1)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SPARTANS DROP HOME OPENER TO THOMPSON RIVERS
LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Trinity Western men’s hockey team lost its BCIHL home-opener 5-1 to the Thompson Rivers WolfPack Saturday afternoon at the Langley Events Centre.
After taking a 1-0 lead late in the first period, Thompson Rivers poured it on in the second period with three goals, two of which came on the powerplay, and then cruised to a decisive four-goal victory.
The WolfPack received two goals from Jassi Sangha and singles from Joshua MacDonald, Curtis Tonello and David Gore while the Spartans lone goal was scored by Brandon Long.
With the loss, the Spartans are now 0-3-0 on the season while the win improves the WolfPack’s record to 2-2-0.
“We’ve had the same game every week so far it seems,” said Spartans coach Dwayne Lowdermilk. “It’s about discipline and direction as to where we want to be. Each guy has to learn to play with each other. It’s a full team game. It’s not about ‘me.’ We started taking penalties that were about ‘me.’
“If we move the puck well like we did in the first period, we can make things happen. We had 14 shots to their six but then all of the sudden, TRU turned it around. That’s what we need to learn how to do. Instead of keeping on sliding, we need to be able to turn it around and get that traction back.”
The Spartans got off to a hot start in the first period but, despite outshooting the WolfPack 14-6 in the opening frame, found themselves down a goal after TRU’s Sangha scored a powerplay goal with just 57 seconds left in the period. Sangha’s one-timer from the slot off a pass from Andrew Fisher beat Spartans goalie John-Paul Chapman between the wickets.
After that, it was all WolfPack as they took advantage of five powerplays in the second period alone to build a 4-0 lead going into the final frame.
Just over four minutes into the middle stanza, Sangha potted his second of the game when he one-timed a pass from Gore off the right faceoff dot that beat Chapman to his glove side.
Thompson Rivers then extended its lead to 3-0 when MacDonald banged home an in-tight rebound from the left side of the net off a shot from Mick Ludvig.
The WolfPack’s Tonello wrapped up the second period scoring when he took a pass from Travis Herlein on the right dot and slipped it five-hole on Chapman.
The Spartans best chance of the middle frame came when Trinity Western’s Matt Chaput was hauled down on a breakaway and given a penalty shot with 34 seconds left in the period. Chaput’s low blocker side shot was thwarted by Mainprize and TWU went to the break trailing 4-0.
Trinity Western’s Brandon Long got the Spartans on the board 4:20 into the third period when he found a loose puck in the slot and snapped a shot underneath a screened Mainprize.
Just over two minutes later though, TRU’s Gore restored the WolfPack’s four-goal lead as he made it 5-1 and snuffed any hopes of a Spartan comeback.
Trinity Western’s Chapman finished with 35 saves while Thompson Rivers’ Mainprize stopped 27 of 28 Spartans shots. The Spartans were 0 for 4 on the powerplay while TRU was 3 for 8.
The Spartans are back in action next weekend when the travel to play Eastern Washington Oct. 21 and 22. Puck drop in both games is at 7:30 p.m. Thompson Rivers’ next game is Oct. 22 when they play Simon Fraser on the road.
Game Notes – The Spartans were assessed 57 minutes in penalties to TRU’s 27…Both TWU’s Josh Gordon and TRU’s Mik McCance were given fighting majors and ejected from the game in the third period.
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