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Fredeman shuts the door as Spartans ground Eagles
The Trinity Western Spartans bounced back from a defeat in their home opener to shut-out the Eastern Washington Eagles 4-0 and salvage a split over the weekend.
The Eagles had won 5-3 the night before at the Langley Events Centre.
The results leave the Trinity Western hockey team with a 2-1 record through the first three games of the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League season.
In Saturday's victory, Harry Fredeman stopped all 30 shots he faced.
"We needed a full 60-minute effort to win and that's what we got today," said coach Barrett Kropf.
"It was good to see all four lines compete hard.
"(And) in net, Harry battled hard and made the saves when we needed them."
Chris Hirano had opened the scoring during a goal-mouth scramble on a power play nine minutes into the game.
Aaron Gruenhage doubled the lead before the period was out and Andrew Wheeler and Cody Stephenson rounded out the scoring with a goal apiece in the second and third periods, respectively.
In the first game of the two-game set, Trinity Western lost despite outshooting the Eagles 41-21.
Stephenson had opened the scoring in the second period, but Eastern Washington scored three of the next four goals to lead 3-2 after 40 minutes.
The Eagles outscored the Spartans 2-1 in the third period.
Mattias Schmitt and Jamie Russell had the other Trinity Western goals while JP Villeneuve had a pair of helpers.
Fredeman came on in relief after the fifth Eagles goal. He replaced Silas Matthys, who allowed all five goals.
Eastern Washington got goals from Zach Maxwell, Nick Redding, Jake Flynn, Elliott Martin and Uriah Machuga.
"We lost the battle in net and just have to be better," Kropf said.
"As a team, we only played 40 minutes tonight and that was disappointing.
"I thought in the second period, we really backed off and thought we were better than we are. But we're only good because we work hard."
The Spartans are back in action hosting Victoria at the LEC. Game times are Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 26 at 2 p.m.