TWU men’s hockey team dropped by 6th ranked Omaha Mavericks

Trinity Western University mens hockey team

OMAHA, Nebraska. — The Trinity Western University men’s hockey team dropped their second game of their NCAA road trip 6-0 to the No. 6 ranked Omaha Mavericks Saturday night at Baxter Arena in Omaha, Nebraska. 

Omaha’s Sophomore defenseman Joel Messner led the way with four assists as the Mavericks opened the second half of the season with the exhibition game. TWU third year goaltender Silas Matthys made 44 saves in the Spartans loss.

“They are a great club and there is a reason they are a top ranked team and they should be higher ranked their current No. 6 in the NCAA,” commented TWU head coach Barret Kropf. “We were probably a little tired at the start of the game, after driving all night to Omaha, and they took advantage of a few broken plays. But we were able to settle down and push back as the game went on.”

“Coming home after a disappointing loss is tough, but the guys are up after our performance against Wisconsin and being pushed against a strong Omaha team. We are looking forward to getting back into league action in Victoria and it is great that we are coming home without any major injuries. Trips like this allow us to see our growth, both as a team and as a league.”

The Mavericks started the scoring at 4:17 when Ryan Galt zipped a wrist shot past the Spartans goalie Silas Matthys. 

Tanner Lane made it 2-0 with another sharp wrist shot at 6:30.  He picked the top corner over the glove hand of Matthys after breaking down the left wing.

Luc Snuggerud tallied 2:20 later, firing a shot from the left point that squeezed through Matthys to put UNO up 3-0 after one.

In the second, Riley Alferd figured into both UNO goals.  First, he roofed the rebound of a chance by Steve Spinner at 5:27.  Later, he won the battle for a loose puck around the Trinity Western net, finally sliding the puck across the crease to David Pope who slammed it home at 8:56.

Luke Nogard finished the scoring at 1:35 of the third, driving home the rebound of a shot by Messner.

Kirk Thompson and Evan Weninger combined for the shutout.  Thompson made only four saves in a little more than 36 minutes while Weninger stopped six shots in just under 24 minutes.  The Mavericks outshot the Spartans 50-10.

Spinner finished the game with three assists while Messner also was +5 for the game.  None of the stats accrued in the game count toward season totals because it was an exhibition game.

The Spartans will return to BCIHL action next weekend when they travel to Victoria to play the Vikes on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 8-9. While the Mavericks return to NCAA next weekend when they host Denver.

Game Notes: Omaha is currently 8-0 at home this season, where they have outscored their opponents 40-15…Omaha finished last season with a 4-3 to Providence College in the NCAA Frozen Four…