Spartans crack win column

Trinity Western Spartans
Trinity Western Spartans' Blair Murphy knocks down Eastern Washington Eagles' Elliott Martin. The Spartans won 6-2 for the team's first victory of the season.
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The Trinity Western Spartans head into the semester break on a high note after posting their first win of the season.

The Spartans offence erupted for five second-period goals to defeat the Eastern Washington Eagles 6-2 on Friday at the Langley Events Centre.

The victory improved the Trinity Western men's hockey team to 1-9-0-1.

"Everything we practiced this week and everything we've been finally practicing came to fruition," said Spartans coach Dwayne Lowdermilk.

"The guys never let up and we attacked.

"We calmed it down in the second period and we executed and that turned out to be the difference."

The Spartans trailed 2-1 after 20 minutes before taking control with a dominant middle period.

Trevor Beaupre tied the score at two and 51 seconds later, Sam Gemmell put the hosts up 3-2.

Matt Chaput, Jamey Kreller and Nathan Wiebe then tacked on goals to give Trinity Western a four-goal bulge heading into the final 20 minutes.

Josh Stephenson had scored in the first on a power play.

The Eagles tried desperately to get back in the game, firing 23 shots on goal, but Harry Fredeman stopped them all. He finished with 37 saves on 39 shots.

This was the first time all season the team allowed less than three goals.

Spartans captain Brad Bakken registered his first points of the season with three assists, while fellow blue-liner Tyler Miller set up a pair of goals.

A big difference in the game was the team's respective power plays.

While the Eagles went 0-for-5, the Spartans connected on three of their seven chances.

The team is now off until Jan. 5.

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