CASTLEGAR, British Columbia – In a hard-fought battle that had the feeling of a playoff game, the Spartans came up one goal short against Selkirk, losing 3-2 Saturday to see Trinity Western’s five-game winning streak at the Castlegar Recreation Centre.


With the teams tied 1-1 through 40 minutes, Selkirk scored two goals midway through the third period to take a lead the Saints wouldn’t relinquish. The Spartans scored with 6:10 left in the game, but that was as close as they would get.


Jarrett Fontaine (Humboldt, Sask.) tallied his fifth goal of the season, while Jamey Kreller (Winfield, B.C.) scored a power play marker for his second goal of the year. Fontaine also had an assist as he now has five goals and five assists in seven games.


“It was a great game,” said Spartans coach Barret Kropf. “There was a lot of playoff-like intensity and physicality. It’s tough to lose those ones because guys battled so hard and gave everything they had. They were blocking shots and winning puck battles. It was a rugged game and the guys played well. They competed for each other and in that process, we became a better hockey club. Everyone continued to battle and at this time of year those are really valuable lessons to put in the bank and draw some interest on later on.”


Dallas Calvin, Dane Feeney and Matt Martin scored for Selkirk. Calvin also assisted on Feeney’s goal as the Saints leading scorer had a two-point night.


TWU (5-2) scored both of its goals on the power play, going two for three, while Selkirk (6-3) went one for three with the man-advantage.


Spartans goalie Silas Matthys (Wollerau, Switzerland) made 25 saves, while Selkirk’s Russell Sanderson stopped 21 of the 23 shots he faced.


TWU returns home for four consecutive games at the Langley Events Centre, starting Nov. 12 when the Spartans host Victoria at 12:30 p.m. (PT).