NANAIMO, B.C. – Trinity Western scored two goals in the final five minutes of the third period to rally for a 4-3 win over Vancouver Island University Saturday at the Langley Events Centre.
Down 3-2 in the waning stages of the final frame, Jordan Rendle (Surrey, B.C.) evened the scoreline on a power play at 15:10 before Brayden Brown (Calgary) scored the game-winner with just under four minutes to play.
Florian Niedermaier (Davos, Switzerland) and Jarrett Fontaine (Humboldt, Sask.) also scored the Spartans, while Brandon Potomak (Aldergrove, B.C.) had two assists.
Garrett Dunlop, Kobe Oishi and Curtis McCarrick scored for the Mariners, who held a 3-2 lead through 40 minutes.
TWU goalie Silas Matthys (Wollerau, Switzerland) made 36 saves for the win, while VIU’s Carson Schamerhorn stopped 38 of the 42 shots he faced.
The Spartans special teams played a crucial role in the win, as TWU, who improved to 5-2 on the season, finished with three power play goals. VIU dropped to 2-4 on the year.
Niedermaier opened the scoring at 11:38 of the first period on the power play, only to see Dunlop tie the game with a shorthanded tally less than two minutes later.
However, only 1:02 after Dunlop’s equalizer, Fontaine put TWU ahead with the Spartans second power play goal of the opening period.
Before the period was out Oishi evened the game with a power play goal for the Mariners.
Less than three minutes into the second period McCarrick put VIU up 3-2.
That eventually set the stage for the Spartans comeback heroics.
Head Coach Barret Kropf
“We invested a lot of time this week in practice on our special teams. I felt that coming into this week, our power play wasn’t where it needed to be at. We dedicated a lot of time to it in practice and I think the guys felt a lot more comfortable with some of our systems and found some chemistry.
“I think teams can skate with us for 40 or 50 minutes, but there’s a few games where we’ve been able to play a full 60 minutes and just wear teams down. I think that’s what you saw tonight. There were some good battles but at the end of the night we made the most of our opportunities.”
- The Spartans are now 2-1 against VIU this year.
- The last time they met at the LEC, the Mariners won 2-1.
- With two assists, Potomak is in second in the BCIHL scoring race with two goals and 10 assists.
- TWU finished at 3 for 9 on the power play, while VIU was 1 for 5, including a five-minute power play the Spartans killed off.