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MEN’S HOCKEY (BCIHL)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2011
TRINITY WESTERN (5) SELKIRK (3)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SPARTANS RALLY TO BEAT SAINTS
CASTLEGAR, British Columbia – The Trinity Western men’s hockey team scored three third period goals to rally from a 3-2 deficit as they earned a 5-3 win over Selkirk Saturday night at the Castlegar Recreation Centre.
After Trinity Western forward Kye Benjaminsen tied the game 3-3 with a shorthanded tally 4:06 into the third period, the Spartans Brandon Long scored the winning goal with 6:33 to go in the game and then added an insurance marker with just under three minutes remaining.
Along with Long’s two goals, Benjaminsen also added another in the first period to lead the Spartans offence while Matt Chaput had a goal and an assist and both Trevor Beaupre and Chris Hirano had two assists each.
Selkirk, who outshot Trinity Western 41-34, was led by Jordan Wood, who had two goals in a losing effort, and Justin Sotkowy, who assisted in all three of the Saints goals.
The win improves Trinity Western to 2-6-1 while the loss drops Selkirk to 3-6-0.
“It was a great win by the boys,” said Spartans coach Dwayne Lowdermilk. “We showed a lot of character and all of the guys were really pumped on the bench after what was a gutsy win.”
Once again for the Spartans, it was a penalty-filled game as Trinity Western found itself shorthanded 13 times while Selkirk was shorthanded seven times.
Fortunately for the Spartans, their penalty kill units were dynamite as they killed 12 of the Saints 13 opportunities.
In the first period, the Spartans outshot Selkirk 15-13 and, for their efforts, were up 2-1 going into the second period. The Saints Nick Cecconi opened the scoring midway through the first, but goals by Chaput on the powerplay and Benjaminsen gave Trinity Western a lead at the intermission.
In the second period, Wood scored two goals for the Saints to give the home side a 3-2 lead going into the third period. Both goals were assisted by Sotkowy and Sandro Moser.
Trailing by one goal going into the third, the Spartans got rolling offensively and popped three goals on 11 shots to earn the win.
Trinity Western’s John-Paul Chapman made 38 saves for the win while Selkirk’s Spenser Wong stopped 29 of 34 shots fired his way.
The two teams will play in a rematch Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in Castlegar.
Game Notes – TWU’s Brad Bakken was given a game-misconduct for checking from behind in the first period.
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