VICTORIA – Trinity Western’s men’s hockey team clinched first place in the BCHIL standings after earning a 2-0 win over Victoria Friday at the Ian Stewart Complex.


Gary Mahesh (Vanderhoof, B.C.) and Kade Vilio (Aldergrove, B.C.) scored for the Spartans and fifth-year goalie Silas Matthys (Wollerau, Switzerland) recorded his first shutout of the season to help TWU (19-4-0-0) secure top spot in the regular season standings.


Matthys made 26 saves in the win, as TWU improved on its already best-ever regular season record.


Mahesh scored his first goal as a Spartan at 6:40 of the first period, with Dirk de Waal (Lethbridge, Alta.) and Florian Niedermaier (Davos, Switzerland) grabbing assists.


Midway through the second period, Vilio converted a cross-crease pass from Evan Last (Surrey, B.C.) to add insurance and ultimately seal the win.


The Spartans are now 14-1 in their last 15 outings.


TWU outshot the Vikes 46-26.


The Spartans were 0 for 3 on the power play, while Victoria was 0 for 7.


Head Coach Barret Kropf

“It was a well-played game. We outshot them but they continue to battle hard. They’re a team that just works hard and blocks lots of shots, so our guys needed to do all the little things to find success on the scoreboard. We have a few injuries, so we’ve got a bit of a different lineup, but I thought the guys did really well in adapting to that.


“Jarrett (Fontaine, Humboldt, Sask.) had a great game at both ends of the ice. He was relentless on the backcheck and forecheck and created scoring opportunities. It’s fun to watch when you have players playing at that level.”


The Spartans travel to Nanaimo, B.C. to play Vancouver Island University Saturday at 8 p.m. (PT).