Jarrett Fontaine scored twice in his team’s 11-2 rout of the VIU Mariners on Saturday night at the Langley Events Centre. TWU Athletics photo

Mariners no match for Spartans onslaught

Trinity Western Spartans hockey team hammers VIU 11-2 at Langley Events Centre

For the second time this season, the Trinity Western Spartans struck for double digits in goals.

The Spartans pounded the visiting Vancouver Island University Mariners 11-1 on Saturday night in BC Intercollegiate Hockey League action at the Langley Events Centre.

The win was the team’s fourth in a row as they improved to 9-3-0 as they hammered the first-year Mariners, outshooting the visitors 60-19. The Mariners had beaten the Spartans 2-1 earlier this season.

“VIU was coming off a hard battle with SFU last night, so the combination of us on an uptick and maybe them being out of gas a bit makes a huge difference,” said TWU coach Barret Kropf.

“We stayed disciplined and we kept moving the pucks and we kept our speed up. We checked all the boxes.”

Dirk de Waal and Brayden Brown each potted hat tricks, while Jarrett Fontaine and Brandon Potomak notched two goals apiece. Kade Vilio rounded out the scoring while Stefan Gonzales, Evan Last and Jordan Rendle had set up three goals apiece.

Ryan Coghlan and Joshua Cook were the lone Mariners to beat TWU’s Silas Matthys.

The Spartans were coming off two huge wins the weekend before, including knocking off the first-place — and previously unbeaten — Selkirk Saints.

“We didn’t want to waste last weekend,” Kropf said. “I thought this past week was one of our better weeks of practice. It was good to see that the guys stayed dialed in all week and I think the momentum they gained in practice carried over to the game.”

The Spartans have one game remaining heading into the winter break as they play in Burnaby against the SFU Clan on Dec. 2.


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TWU’s Brandon Potomak tallied twice in an 11-2 win over the VIU Mariners. TWU Athletics photo

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