TWU Spartans’ Brandon Potomak corrals the puck in front of the Selkirk Saints goal during his team’s big 3-2 win on Nov. 17. TWU Athletics

Spartans knock Saints from the ranks of the unbeaten

Hockey fans at the Langley Events Centre were treated to a battle of the league’s top two teams

The Selkirk Saints are unbeaten no more.

The Trinity Western Spartans snapped the Saints 10-game winning streak with a huge 3-2 win in BC Intercollegiate Hockey League action at the Langley Events Centre on Nov. 17.

And coupled with another Spartans win the night before 4-3 over the SFU Clan, and TWU is now 8-3-0-0 on the season and four points back of Selkirk for top spot in the league.

“Whenever we play with our skill in terms of using our speed and putting pucks on that speed lane, we’re pretty effective,” said TWU coach Barret Kropf.

“We just need to work on burying those opportunities — then we don’t have to scramble over the last two minutes and block shots and throw faces in front of pucks.

“We did what we had to do against a team that was on a 10-game winning streak.”

Brayden Brown and Evan Last scored first period goal with the Saints’ Dallas Calvin striking in between.

Florian Niedermaier scored short-handed in the middle stanza and that turned out to be the winner as Selkirk’s Grant Isles struck midway through the third.

TWU’s Silas Matthys finished with 31 saves in the win.

Against the Clan the night before, TWU was trailing 3-2 after 40 minutes, Jacob Mills pulled them even early in the third before Brown scored his second of the night late in regulation.

Neidermaier had the other TWU goal while Matthys stopped 23 of 26 shots.

The Spartans are back in action on Nov. 25 as they host the Vancouver Island University Mariners at the LEC.

The game will also offer free food TWU students in attendance that night.

The fans will receive a voucher for either poutine or a milk shake and fries or pop and a hot dog.


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Evan Last celebrates his goal during the Spartans 3-2 win over the Selkirk Saints. TWU Athletics

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