Spartans offence explodes for six goals

Trinity Western Spartans Matt Ius fires a puck on goal during his team
Trinity Western Spartans Matt Ius fires a puck on goal during his team's 6-4 victory against the Thompson Rivers WolfPack on Jan. 11 at the Langley Events Centre.
— image credit: TWU Athletic Department

The Trinity Western Spartans opened up a 5-0 lead midway through the second period and then hung on for a 6-4 victory over the Thompson Rivers WolfPack.

The two B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League rivals hit the ice at the Langley Events Centre on Friday night.

“The big thing is we’re getting some scoring,” said Spartans coach Dwayne Lowdermilk.

“We brought in some guys to bang and crash and score and that’s exactly what we saw tonight.

“We put pucks to the net and just found a way to score and no matter how the goals look, they all count.”

The Spartans led 2-0 61 seconds into the game and then notched three more in a 71-second span in the second period. Thompson Rivers replied with three goals to make it 5-3 after 40 minutes and then cut the lead to one with less than three minutes remaining.

But during a frenetic final three minutes, played largely in Trinity Western territory, Tyler Miller scored an empty-netter from his own end to give the home side some breathing room.

The win was the second of the season for the Spartans (2-10-0-1).

Jamey Kreller, Ryan Valdes, Mattias Schmitt, Tristano Falbo and Matt Ius had the other goals while Tim Zwiers stopped 37 of the 41 shots he faced.

The Spartans hit the road  on Friday versus the Selkirk Saints and Saturday against the Eastern Washington Eagles.

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