Spartans stun Saints, fall to Eagles
The Trinity Western Spartans had all facets of their game going and the result was an upset victory over the top-ranked and previously unbeaten Selkirk Saints.
The Spartans men's hockey team travelled to Castlegar on Jan. 18 and edged the Saints 2-1 at the Castlegar Recreation Centre.
The loss was the first in 14 B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League games for the Saints.
"Every guy did his job and executed everything we have been working on," said Spartans coach Dwayne Lowdermilk.
"It was a great game and a great game to watch."
The story of the game was the play of Trinity Western goalie Tim Zwiers, who kicked out 48 of the 49 shots he faced.
The lone goal to beat him came from Connor McLaughlin with less than three minutes remaining and with the Spartans up 2-0.
Cody Stephenson opened the scoring midway through the first and Trevor Beaupre added what turned out to be the game-winner on a power play with 40 seconds to go in the second.
The Spartans were out-shot 49-20.
The team wrapped up its two-game road trip with a 6-2 loss the next night in Cheney, Wash. to the Eastern Washington Eagles.
The loss snapped a modest two-game — and three of their last four — win streak for the Spartans, who fell to 3-11-0-1 on the season.
Jake Flynn opened the scoring in the first period for the home side before Stephenson tied it one 27 seconds into the second. But theEagles struck for four more in the middle period, with Brandon Butler, Joel Blasko and a pair from Ryan Pajomila staking them to the big lead. Jake Harcoff got one back for Trinity Western and it was 5-2 after 40 minutes.
Flynn capped off the scoring with his second with five minutes to go in the third.
The Spartans return to the Langley Events Centre on Jan. 26 when they host SFU. Game time is 7 p.m.