November 2, 2013, CASTLEGAR, British Columbia (ISN) – The Trinity Western men’s hockey team saw its four-game winning streak snapped Saturday with a 6-0 loss to the defending BCIHL champion Selkirk Saints at the Castlegar Recreation Centre.
Selkirk scored two goals in each period and outshot TWU 53-23 as the Saints bounced back from a pair of losses last weekend against Thompson Rivers and Simon Fraser.
Darnell Dyck notched a hat-trick to lead Selkirk while Cody Fidgett added two goals and Mason Spear had one.
Spartans goalie Harry Fredeman (Ladner, B.C.) made 47 saves on the 53 shots he faced while Selkirk netminder Chris Hurry earned his second shutout of the year with a 23-save effort.
The Saints and Spartans now have identical 5-2 records and are tied with Simon Fraser for top spot in the BCIHL with 10 points. Simon Fraser (5-0), however, has two games in hand.
“They’re a very well-prepared and tenacious team,” said Spartans coach Barret Kropf. “They were ready and dialed up and they came in tonight and played with incredible speed and really overwhelmed us. Our guys battled and competed, but their depth is right through all four lines and we have to find a way to get a little bit more depth on our third and fourth lines.
“For the most part, they were the better team tonight. I don’t think anyone in our league could have skated with them tonight. They were so determined. They also did a great job of matching with JP Villeneuve’s (Georgetown, Ont.) line and corralled the speed and offensive threat that that line is usually able to bring.”
Fidgett opened the scoring at 9:35 of the first period and then just 22 seconds later Dyck gave the home side a 2-0 edge.
In the second period, it was Fidgett again scoring first, tallying with 8:25 left in the period, before Dyck notched his second of the night while shorthanded with 3:07 to go in the second.
Spear scored on the power play midway through the third period before Dyck popped his third with 22 seconds left in the game.
“We’re pretty happy to come home from a road trip like this with a split (having beat Eastern Washington Friday),” Kropf said. “Hopefully next weekend we can turn the tables a bit and get more offensive chances from other lines, so Selkirk can’t just key on one line.”
The Spartans and Saints right back at it next weekend as Selkirk will travel to Langley for games on Friday night at 7 p.m. and Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Langley Events Centre.
Game Notes: The Spartans were once again playing without injured captain Brad Bakken (Langley, B.C.)…because of a suspension and now a recent injury, Bakken has been held to just three games this year.