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MEN’S HOCKEY (BCIHL)
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2013
TRINITY WESTERN (4) SIMON FRASER (2)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SPARTANS BEAT SIMON FRASER ON THE ROAD
BURNABY, British Columbia – The Trinity Western men’s hockey team completed a weekend home-and-home sweep of second place Simon Fraser with a 4-2 win over the Clan Saturday at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre.
The Spartans scored the first three goals of the game, all of which came in the first period, and then, with goalie Harry Fredeman (Ladner, B.C.) holding the fort defensively, hung on to beat the Clan for the second time in as many nights.
Despite being outshot 46-27, the Spartans held leads of 3-1 after the first period and 4-2 after the second period en route to their sixth win of the year. Trinity Western is now 6-14-0-1 on the season and moves to within four points of fourth place Victoria.
The loss drops SFU to 15-5-0-2. With only two games left on SFU’s schedule and sitting four points behind first place Selkirk, the Clan is all but assured of second place in the BCIHL standings.
“Harry stood on his head, but to our team’s credit, everybody battled hard tonight,” said Spartans coach Dwayne Lowdermilk. “We played a disciplined system and for the second game in a row reaped the benefits.”
Cody Stephenson (Aldergrove, B.C.) go the Spartans rolling when he opened the scoring at 12:51 of the first period.
Less than three minutes later, the Spartans doubled their lead when Matt Chaput (Seaforth, Ont.) found the back of the net.
Then, just 30 seconds after that, Matt Ius (Pitt Meadows, B.C.) got in on the scoring action when he beat SFU goalie Graeme Gordon to give TWU a 3-0 lead and what would prove to be the eventual game-winner.
With just 3:29 left in the frame and only 23 seconds after Ius’ goal, SFU got its first tally of the night when Chris Hoe beat Fredeman to make it a 3-1 game going into the second period.
The Spartans restored their three-goal lead less than three minutes into the middle stanza when Josh Stephenson (Aldergrove, B.C.) tallied to make it 4-1.
With 2:44 left in the second Tony Oak got SFU back to within two goals, but that would be as close as the Clan would get.
A scoreless third period allowed TWU to skate away with a 4-2 win.
1. Mattias Schmitt – TWU
2. Harry Fredeman – TWU
3. Matthew Ius - TWU
The Spartans return to the ice Feb. 23 when they travel to play Thompson Rivers at 8 p.m.
Game Notes: TWU went 0 for 5 on the power play…SFU went 0 for 6…TWU came into this weekend with just one win over SFU since 2010, having posted a 1-12-1 record.
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