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SATURDAY, MARCH 1, 2014
SELKIRK (3) TRINITY WESTERN (2) OT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SPARTANS FALL TO SELKIRK IN OT IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE
CASTLEGAR, British Columbia – The Trinity Western men’s hockey team lost its regular season finale 3-2 in overtime against Selkirk Saturday at the Castlegar Recreation Centre, but despite the loss, the Spartans clinched third place in the BCIHL standings.
With a 10-13-0-1 record, the Spartans finished third overall in the BCIHL for the first time in program history. Prior to this year, the Spartans had never finished higher than fourth in the BCIHL standings.
The Spartans will now play Simon Fraser, who finished second overall after posting a 19-3-0-2 regular season mark, in the opening round of the playoffs next weekend. Trinity Western will open the best-of-three series Thursday at home.
For the Saints (20-3-1), the victory pushed them one point ahead of SFU and into sole possession of first place. They will host Thompson Rivers in the other semifinal series.
Brad Bakken (Langley, B.C.) and Blair Murphy (Surrey, B.C.) each scored for the Spartans while Selkirk countered with goals from Colin Minardi, Mason Spear and Scott Swiston.
After TWU had tied the game on a goal from Murphy midway through the third period, which forced overtime, the Saints Swiston scored just 10 seconds into the extra session to give Selkirk its 20th win of the year.
Spartans goalie Silas Matthys (Wollerau, Switzerland) made 48 saves in the loss while Selkirk’s Chris Hurry stopped 19 of the 21 shots he faced.
“Our guys battled great,” said TWU coach Barret Kropf. “It was playoff intensity hockey and we were able to finally skate with this team. Silas is playing great right now and any time you can skate with a first-place team like these guys and be able to get a hot goalie, anything can happen.
“They got a lot of shots, but a lot of them were from the perimetre. We’re playing with a lot of heart and emotion. We probably blocked more shots tonight than we have all year combined and that just tells me that guys are dialed in and ready for the playoffs.”
Minardi opened the scoring for Selkirk partway through the first period when we took a pass off the rush from linemate Darnell Dyck and fired a shot over the glove of the Spartans Matthys.
The score remained 1-0 for the hosts well into the second period before TWU captain Bakken blasted a point shot through traffic and past Saints starter Hurry just after the expiration of a Spartans power play. But it took little time for Selkirk to reply, as Mason Spear tucked a shot just under the crossbar from in tight to give his team a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes.
The Saints had a number of chances to score an insurance goal in the third but were foiled repeatedly by Matthys. That lack of finish came back to bite Selkirk later in the frame, as Murphy broke in down the left wing and beat Hurry with a wrist shot high to the glove side to tie the game. The remaining 13 minutes of regulation solved nothing, but the single point was enough to ensure a first place finish for Selkirk.
Game Notes: Both teams were 0 for 3 on the power play.
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