LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Trinity Western men’s hockey team lost 9-3 to Okanagan Saturday at the Langley Events Centre.
The Spartans, who were coming off a 6-5 win over Selkirk Friday, saw a 2-2 tie turn into a 5-2 deficit in the final 1:22 of the second period and were never able to recover as they are now 1-4-2 in their last seven games.
Okanagan was led by Kyle L’Arrivee who had three goals while Miles Houston had a goal and three assists.
For the Spartans Brandon Long, Trevor Edwards and Trevor Beaupre were the goal-scorers.
Okanagan goalie Sunny Gill stopped 38 shots for the win while Kevin Currie made 30 saves on 39 shots for the Spartans in the loss.
The loss drop Trinity Western to 4-10-2 while the win improves Okanagan to 11-4-3.
“It’s the little things and the minute we start breaking down and letting little things slip the game starts to get away from us,” said Spartans coach Dwayne Lowdermilk. “We have to stay out of the box and we have to be able to get our power play working.
“We have a great team as far as skaters and skilled guys but we just have to find each other and make it a full team thing.”
Despite the lopsided scoreline, up until late in the second period it was a tight contest knotted 2-2.
Trinity Western’s Long had opened the scoring and then, after Okanagan’s James Neitsch tied it with 29 seconds left in the first period, Edwards restored the Spartans lead at 6:18 of the second period. Just over a minute and a half later, the Coyotes Houston tied the contest and from there, the visitors never trailed.
Then when Okanagan’s Brendan Urban, Chris Glen and Tison Schoenthal scored in the final 1:22 of the middle stanza, the Coyotes had the game in their hands.
In the final frame, Okanagan kept pouring it on, scoring four more – one from Kris Davis and three from L’Arrivee – to reveal the unbalanced scoreline.
The Spartans Beaupre got credit for Trinity Western’s lone third period goal when he dumped the puck in and Okanagan goalie Gill’s clearing attempt went off his own defenceman’s skate and into the Coyotes net.
Despite the goal differential, the Spartans outshot Okanagan 41-39.
1. Kyle L’Arrivee
2. Miles Houston
3. Brandon Long
The Spartans are back in action next weekend when they have a home and home series with Simon Fraser starting Friday, Feb. 10 at the Langley Events Centre at 7:00 p.m.
Game Notes – The Spartans were 0 for 5 on the power play while Okanagan was 2 for 4…TWU had 10 minutes in penalties while Okanagan had 22.