LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Trinity Western Spartans hockey team earned a 3-2 overtime win against the Simon Fraser Clan in BCIHL preseason action Thursday night at the Langley Events Centre in Langley, B.C.
“Both our teams match up well. They have some good speed up front and so do we. I think the fans were entertained tonight as it was back and forth with good battles and for the most part disciplined hockey,” commented TWU head coach Barret Kropf. “We saw some great plays tonight and we got some regular reps for our young guys, and finished the game without any major injuries. Which allowed us to get what we want out of tonight.”
The Spartans third year defenseman Josiah Cockrill (Chilliwack, B.C.) scored 34 seconds into overtime, when he potted a rebound off of a Mattias Schmitt (3rd year, forward, Surrey, B.C.) point shot in five on five action to give the Spartans the win. With the victory TWU moves to 3-0 in preseason play.
Trinity Western third year forward Jamey Kreller (Winfield, B.C.) opened the scoring at 2:38 of the first period, when he converted a pass across the crease from third year forward Dirk de Waal (Lethbridge, Alta.).
TWU finished the period with a 1-0 lead and a 15-7 edge in shots on goal.
SFU’s Graham Smerek tied the game at 9:27 of the second on a power play marker the half wall that squeaked under the blocker arm of Spartans Al Duncan.
The Spartans would retake the lead on a goal by Schmitt at 17:51 of the second period. Schmitt converted a rebound off of a point shot from third year defenseman Ryan Bakken (Langley, B.C.) during a five on three power play. TWU finished the second period outshooting 13-11.
The Clan’s Matt Berry-Lamontagna tied the game at 6:36 of the third period when he broke up the middle and split the TWU defence. Berry-Lamontagna then went to the top corner over the blocker of TWU’s Silas Matthys (2nd year, Wollerau, Switzerland).
TWU would end regulation outshooting SUF 41-28.
Next up for the Spartans is on the road for their BCIHL season opener at Selkirk on Friday and Saturday, October 2-3.
“We have a busy week with guys doing some volunteer work and then next week we will have a few days to get away and build some team unity before we head up to play Selkirk to start the season,” said Kropf on his two week game break before starting league play.
TWU’s league home opener is at the Langley Events Centre on Saturday, October 10 against the SFU Clan. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. The game will have live stats and video stream at gospartans.ca.
Game Notes: The three stars went to SFU’s 9, TWU’s Mattias Schmitt and TWU’s Josiah Cockrill… The Spartans ended the night outshooting the Clan 43-28…