LANGLEY, British Columbia – Six different Spartans had multi-point games and all four lines hit the scoresheet as Trinity Western earned a 6-0 win over Victoria Saturday at the Langley Events Centre.
Jamey Kreller (Winfield, B.C.) and Andrew Wheeler (Maple Ridge, B.C.) each scored two goals, while Evan Last (Surrey, B.C.) had a three-assist afternoon to lead the way for TWU.
Aaron Gruenhage (Abbotsford, B.C.) and Jarrett Fontaine (Humboldt, Sask.) tallied singles for TWU in what was as complete a victory as the Spartans (6-2) have had all season. Fontaine also had an assist for his fourth multi-point night of the night. Jacob Mills (Burnaby, B.C.) and Florian Neidermaier (Davos, Switzerland) had two assists each.
Spartans goalie Lucas Mills (Burnaby) stopped all 30 shots he faced for his first career shutout. The Vikes Zack Wear allowed four goals on 20 shots before he was replaced midway through the second period by Michael Fredrick, who stopped 11 of the 13 shots he faced.
“I thought we played a full 60 minutes,” said Spartans coach Barret Kropf. “They had an early morning and we knew we needed to take advantage of that and we got off to a good start. We saw all of our lines contribute and we fed off each other and gained some good momentum. On the backend, our senior guys played well and, in net, Junior, looked very confident. Throughout the whole lineup, guys were playing poised. We’re pretty happy with that effort.”
TWU is 3-1 against the Vikes (4-6-0-1) this year, with the Spartans winning each of the last three meetings.
The Spartans are back on the ice Nov. 18 when they host Simon Fraser. The Vikes are off until Nov. 25 when they host Eastern Washington.
Fontaine sparked the offensive bonanza started at 7:29 of the opening frame and, with TWU pressing from the outset, the Spartans never looked back.
Gruenhage scored again before the first period was out to give TWU a two-goal lead after 20 minutes.
In the second period, TWU doubled its lead, scoring two goals in 18 seconds, with Wheeler and Kreller finding the back of the net.
Wheeler and Kreller each scored again in the third period to cap the Spartans most lopsided win of the season.
Game Notes: TWU has outscored the Vikes 13-3 in its last three meetings…the Spartans are 4-0 on home ice this year…both teams for 0 for 4 on the power play…the win evened TWU’s all-time record against Victoria at 16-16-1.