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Spartans push win streak to four games
The Trinity Western Spartans hockey team is off to its best start in years.
The Spartans rode some stellar goaltending from B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League player of the week Harry Fredeman to knock off the visiting Victoria Vikes 3-2 and 2-0.
The games were played Oct. 25 and Oct. 26 at the Langley Events Centre.
And while the results improve the Spartans to 4-1 on the season, their coach feels they were fortunate to come away with all four points.
"We were lucky tonight," said Barret Kropf, following the first game.
"Right now we're just a bunch of silos and guys are thinking they can get things done by themselves.
"I thought we played half of the game the way we wanted and the other half guys were just trying to do too much."
Brody Hemrich, Blair Murphy and Trevor Beaupre had the Trinity Western goals while Victoria's Eli Wiebe and Mitchell Bell responded for the visitors.
The Vikes held a 38-21 advantage in shots on goal.
The teams reconvened the next afternoon and Fredeman stopped all 42 shots he faced, including 24 in the second period alone.
Andrew Wheeler scored in the first period while Aaron Gruenhage added a goal in the second.
And Kropf was much happier with his team's effort.
"We had all four lines and all six defencemen going and obviously Harry (Fredeman) was back there holding the fort," he said.
"I think after last last night when we had a lot of individual play, tonight was a bit of gut-check time. And today we came at it with a team approach."
The Spartans are back on the ice this weekend as they play at the Eastern Washington Eagles on Nov. 1 and the Selkirk Saints on Nov. 2.
Both games are on the road.