What a difference a day makes, unfortunately, for Trinity Western University's men's hockey team.
After an inspired 21 win over the previously unbeaten Selkirk College Saints the night before, the Spartans fell 6-2 to the host Eastern Washington Eagles at the EWU Recreation Centre on Saturday.
Eastern Washington (67-0-1) scored four second period goals to pace the Eagles to their second win in as many games in the month of January.
The Spartans (3-11-0-1) were unable to duplicate their effort from Friday and are now winless in four trips to Cheney, Wash. since EWU entered the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League in 2011.
The Eagles' Ryan Pajomila had two goals and two assists to lead EWU while Jake Flynn had two goals and an assist, and Uriah Machuga had three assists. Goaltender Jason Greenwell made 29 saves on the 31 shots he faced to earn the win.
Jake Harcoff and Cody Stephenson scored for the Spartans while Matt Ius had two assists.
Spartans' netminder Tim Zwiers made 28 saves in a losing effort.
After Eastern Washington's Flynn opened the scoring in the first period, the Spartans' Stephenson tied the game just 27 seconds into the second period.
But then the Eagles started to fly.
Goals from Brandon Butler, Joel Blasko, and a pair from Pajomila put EWU up 5-2 by the end of the middle frame.
With the score 4-1, TWU's Harcoff scored with 4: 10 left in the period to make it a two-goal game, but Pajomila's late tally in the second sealed the deal.
The Eagles' Flynn scored with just under five minutes left in the third to round out the scoring.
The Spartans saw their full game come together last Friday night.
In a true David versus Goliath encounter, TWU handed the previously unbeaten Selkirk College Saints a 2-1 loss at the Castlegar Recreation Centre.
The loss drops the top-ranked Saints to 13-1, while the win gave the Spartans a modest two-game winning streak.
Second year goalie and 2011-12 BCIHL all-star Tim Zwiers played exceptionally well as he was named first star after stopping all but one of the 48 Selkirk shots he faced on the evening to earn the one goal victory.
"Tim played like he did when he first signed with us," commented TWU head coach Dwayne Lowdermilk. "Every guy did his job and executed everything we have been working on. It was great game and a great game to watch."
The Spartans, who had 20 shots on the Saints' net, got a goal from Cody Stephenson at 9: 54 of the first period and a game winning powerplay goal from Trevor Beaupre with 40 seconds remaining in the second period to help secure the critical win.
Selkirk's loan goal came 17: 35 into the third period off the stick of Connor McLaughlin.
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Scores as of Jan. 17
Harmsworth 21, Fort Langley 15
Milner 20, Willoughby 16
Murrayville 21, Langley 15
Murrayville 59, H'sworth 56,
Langley 54, Milner 54, Fort
Langley 52, Willoughby 49
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