Spartans still winless after dropping pair to Saints
The woes continue for the Trinity Western Spartans men's hockey team as they remain winless on the season.
The Spartans looked primed for their first win of the season but they failed to hold a third-period lead last Friday night (Nov. 9) to the Selkirk Saints and wound up losing 5-4 in overtime.
And the next night, it was all Saints as they blasted the host Spartans 8-2.
Both games were at the Langley Events Centre.
"You have to give Selkirk credit," said Spartans coach Dwayne Lowdermilk.
"They changed their game plan and their breakout and we tried to adapt but we couldn't quite keep up.
"I think in the first period, we played the same as Friday, but they're a team that understands the little things about the game and we allowed the little things to affect us."
A big problem for the Spartans was a steady stream to the penalty box which resulted in four Selkirk goals.
"We were one step behind," Lowdermilk said.
"They amped up their speed while we lost a step compared to Friday."
The score was tied at one after 20 minutes before the Saints exploded for three goals in the middle stanza, a period which saw them fire 30 shots at Trinity Western goalie Harry Fredeman.
After Trinity Western pulled to within 4-2 in the third, the Saints tacked another four goals in the third to round out the scoring.
Jamey Kreller and Douglas Gordon scored for the Spartans.
In Friday's game, Fredeman made 43 saves to earn first star honours.
After a scoreless first period, the Spartans led 3-2 after 40 minutes on goals from Jake Harcoff, Kreller and Jamie Russell.
Kreller put the Spartans ahead by two early in the third, but Selkirk responded with a pair of goals and then won it in overtime.
The Spartans (0-8-1) travel to Simon Fraser for their next game on Nov. 17.