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MEN’S HOCKEY (BCIHL)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2011
THOMPSON RIVERS (6) TRINITY WESTERN (1)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SHORTHANDED SPARTANS FALL TO THOMPSON RIVERS
LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Trinity Western men’s hockey team, playing with just 13 skaters because of a combination of injuries and suspensions, put up a valiant shorthanded effort Saturday afternoon but ultimately lost its second game in as many days, falling to Thompson Rivers 6-1 at the Langley Events Centre.
With seven players and two goalies scratched from the Spartans lineup and 16-year-old emergency call up goalie Nathan Wolfe playing his first game in blue and yellow, Trinity Western fell behind early, with the WolfPack scoring three goals in the first and two in the second, and were never able to generate any sort of momentum on the scoreboard.
The WolfPack were led by Duncan Schulz, who had a goal and two assists, Joshua MacDonald, who had three assists and Kyle Allan, who had two goals.
The Spartans, who actually outshot Thompson Rivers 35-32, saw Kye Benjaminsen score their lone goal with Matt Chaput and Brendan Elenko earning assists.
The loss drops the Spartans record to 3-7-2 while the win improves TRU to 5-3-2.
“Our players gave their heart and soul out there,” said Spartans coach Dwayne Lowdermilk. “To only give up six goals given our scenario I’d have to say our guys battled well.
“We had a 16-year-old goalie come in and played a heck of game. We outshot them. We had our chances. It was a good game. The guys who were on the ice tonight are the basis for this team. They fought through and we battled and kept going.”
The WollfPack opened the scoring Just over two minutes into the game, when Mick Ludvig banged home a loose puck in the slot off a rebound and in doing so set the tone for what would be a Thompson Rivers goal bonanza on this afternoon.
While the Spartans did well to keep up with Thompson Rivers in terms of pace of play and possession in the first period – this despite captain Brad Bakken getting his first of two 10-minute misconducts he would get midway through the period for a hit to the head – the WolfPack continued to pile up the goals with both Schulz and Jassi Sangha scoring before the period was out.
While the shots were 12-12 after the opening frame, the visitors had a 3-0 lead.
In the second frame, it was more of the same as the WolfPack extended their lead to 5-0 by the end of the period on goals by Kevin Nielsen and Allan.
The Spartans Wolfe made his best save of the afternoon at the 11:45 mark when he robbed TRU’s Travis Herlein with a glove save on a point blank opportunity from the slot.
Despite Trinity Western outshooting TRU 12-11, they were once again outscored, this time 2-0, in the period.
Less than two minutes into the third period, Benjaminsen finally got the Spartans on the board as he, racing down the right wing on a two-on-one, whipped a quick wrister short side that beat TRU goalie Riley Wall up and over his glove.
However, the WolfPack responded just over a minute later as Allan notched his second of the game to restore TRU’s five-goal advantage.
The Spartans outshot TRU 11-9 in what was a penalty-filled period – one that saw the teams combined for seven minor penalties and four misconducts – but, finishing with just nine players on the bench, couldn’t get any closer that four goals.
Trinity Western’s Wolfe made 26 saves while TRU’s Wall finished with 34 saves.
The Spartans next game is Dec. 2 when they will travel to Kelowna to play Okanagan College at 7:45, in what will be their last game of 2011. Thompson Rivers is back in action Dec. 3-4 when they host Selkirk on back-to-back nights.
1. Kyle Allan – TRU
2. Joshua MacDonald – TRU
3. Duncan Shulz - TRU
Game Notes – Trinity Western finished with 60 PIM while TRU had 40…TRU’s Andrew Fisher and Cody Lockwood both received 10-minute misconducts while TWU’s Trevor Beaupre, Brandon Long and Bakken, with two, were assessed 10-minute misconducts.
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