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High five for Spartans' Villeneuve

Trinity Western Spartans forward JP Villeneuve, pictured here in a game earlier this season against the Selkirk Saints, scored all five goals in a 5-4 overtime victory over the Victoria Vikes on Jan. 25. - Scott Stewart/TWU Athletics file photo
Trinity Western Spartans forward JP Villeneuve, pictured here in a game earlier this season against the Selkirk Saints, scored all five goals in a 5-4 overtime victory over the Victoria Vikes on Jan. 25.
— image credit: Scott Stewart/TWU Athletics file photo

It was a game JP Villeneuve is not likely to forget anytime soon.

The Trinity Western Spartans forward scored all five goals — including the overtime winner — in a 5-4 victory over the Victoria Vikes on Saturday afternoon in B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League action.

The Spartans also won 6-5 the night before to snap a nine-game losing streak as they improved to 7-10 while Victoria fell to 2-11-0-3.

Both games were played at the Ian Stewart Complex in Victoria.

Victoria rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the first game to force overtime, while Trinity Western came back from the same deficit in the second.

"This wasn't an easy weekend by any stretch, but we're happy to get all four points and hopefully we can continue to match this effort as the season continues," said Trinity Western coach Barret Kropf.

"These guys were willing to do whatever it takes to get the win, but kudos to Victoria. They are by far the hardest working team in our league."

In Saturday's game, Victoria led 2-0 when Villeneuve scored his first but the Vikes responded with two more goals to lead 4-1 after 40 minutes.

Villeneuve tallied three times in the final 12 minutes to force overtime and potted the winner 3:07 into the extra period.

Assisting on four of Villeneuve's goals was defenceman Micah Cockrill while fellow blue-liner Blair Murphy had two helpers.

Harry Fredeman made 23 saves for the win, allowing just one goal after he replaced Tim Zwiers in the second period.

And while this overtime game went relatively quickly, that was not the case the night before as a shootout was required.

Both teams used 10 shooters apiece unsuccessfully before TWU's Jamie Russell scored in the 11th round. Spartans goaltender Silas Matthys then came through with one more stop to end the game.

Russell also scored once in regulation, with Villeneuve, Trevor Beaupre, Brett Wur and Christian Rodriguez.

Matthys made 27 saves in goal.

The Spartans now have a home-and-home series against SFU with the teams playing at the Langley Events Centre on Friday (Jan. 31) before the return game in Burnaby on Feb. 1.

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