November 7, 2013, LANGLEY, British Columbia (ISN) – The Trinity Western men’s hockey team will look to bounce back from a 6-0 loss last Saturday against Selkirk when it hosts the very same Saints Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Langley Events Centre.
The games will be streamed live at http://bcihl.fasthockey.com/.
After winning five of their first six games, the Spartans were not only shutout for the first time all year last Saturday, but the six goals Selkirk scored were the most TWU has allowed in any game all year.
In three games against the Saints this year, including two preseason contests, the Spartans are 0-3 and have been outscored 15-1.
Last year, TWU went 1-3 against the Saints in the regular season. The Spartans lone win over the Saints last year – a 2-1 decision in mid-January – was Selkirk’s first loss of the year and proved to be one of only three losses the Saints suffered throughout the entire season.
TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS (5-2)
BCIHL Standings: 1st (tied)
Last weekend: EWU W, 4-3SO, Selkirk L, 6-0
Streak: 1 loss
2012-2013 BCIHL Record: 6-16-0-2, 6th
2012-2013 BCIHL Playoffs: N/A
Last BCIHL title: N/A
Following a record start for the Spartans in which they posted a 5-1 record, a harsh reality hit them last Saturday in Castlegar, B.C. Over a 60-minute contest, the Spartans were thoroughly dominated by a hungry and well-rested Selkirk side. The Spartans, who were coming off a win over Eastern Washington the night before, were outshot 53-23 and outscored 6-0.
From a TWU perspective, it was one of those games where the opposition had everything going right and the Spartans did not.
With a week of practice and home ice advantage, the Spartans plan to turn the tides this weekend.
So far this year, TWU has been largely led by Harry Fredeman (Ladner, B.C.) in goal and first-year JP Villeneuve (Georgetown, Ont.) up front. Fredeman enters this weekend with a 2.06 goals against average and a .944 save percentage.
For his early-season success, Fredeman was named the BCIHL goalie of the month for October. Over the course of October, he had a 1.15 GAA and a .966 save percentage.
Similarly, Villeneuve was honoured for his October efforts as he was named the BCIHL rookie of the month after collecting six points in five games. Through seven outings, Villeneuve, who last played with Powell River of the Junior “A” BCHL, has three goals and six assists to lead TWU with nine points.
Behind Villeneuve in the Spartans scoring race is Cody Stephenson (Aldergrove, B.C.), who has three goals and two assists, and Mattias Schmitt (Surrey, B.C.), who has one goal and four assists. Chris Hirano (San Jose, Cali.), who has been limited to just four games this year and hasn’t played since Oct. 25, has three goals and one assist.
Defensively, with the absence of captain Brad Bakken (Langley, B.C.), who has been limited in his ability to play due to a suspension that carried over from last year and an early-season injury, TWU has been led by the likes of Blair Murphy (Surrey), Jake Harcoff (Surrey) and Dan Stollery (Camrose, Alta.). Bakken has played in just three games this season but could be back in the lineup this weekend.
SELKIRK SAINTS (5-2)
BCIHL Standings: 1st (tied)
Last weekend: Trinity Western W, 6-0
Streak: 1 win
2012-2013 BCIHL Record: 21-3 (1st)
2012-2013 BCIHL Playoffs: 4-0 (1st)
Last BCIHL title: 2012-13
On the weekend of Oct. 25-26, the defending BCIHL champion Saints got a wake-up call. After cruising through their first four games with four wins while outscoring the opposition 25-5, Selkirk suffered a pair of losses to Thompson Rivers and Simon Fraser on back-to-back nights. For the first time since coach Jeff Dubois took over in Selkirk in 2012, the Saints found themselves on the wrong end of a two-game losing streak.
The result was a motivated Saints group that played TWU last Saturday night. And the end result of that game was a 6-0 win in favour of Selkirk.
This weekend, Selkirk will look to pick up right where they left off.
Leading the way for the Saints against TWU was Darnell Dyck, who had a hat-trick, and Cody Fidgett, who had two goals and one assist. However Dyck and Fidgett have been just two cogs of an impressive Selkirk offence this year. The Saints lead the league with 36 goals and have 10 players with five points or more.
Selkirk’s second leading scorer last year Logan Proulx is back at it again this year as he now leads the team in points with four goals and nine assists through seven games. Connor McLaughlin, who had 14 goals last season in 24 games, already has nine goals in six games to go along with three assists. Dyck is tied with McLaughlin with 12 points, including four goals and eight assists, while Fidgett, with eight goals on the year, has 10 points.
In net, Chris Hurry got the shutout win against TWU, but it’s been a three-way combination of goalies thus far for the Saints. Hurry has played in three games and has a team best 1.67 goals against average and a .936 save percentage. James Prigione has also seen action in three games, earning a 2.67 GAA and a .896 save percentage while Aaron Oakley has tended the Saints night once this year, earning a win and allowing two goals on 28 shots.