The Trinity Western University Spartans varsity teams play their home games at the Langley Events Centre.

Langley’s Spartans come up empty in Victoria

Rare for TWU’s men’s hockey team – a losing skid.

  • Jan. 12, 2016 10:00 a.m.

For the second night in a row, Trinity Western’s men’s hockey team lost to Victoria on the road, falling 6-4 Saturday at the Ian Stewart Complex.

Just like Friday’s game, the Vikes scored the first two goals of the game in the first period and never trailed the rest of the way.

The Spartans (7-4-0-1) evened the game 3-3 midway through the second period, but Victoria (5-7-0-1) scored late in the middle frame take the lead for good.

Patrick Webb led the way for Victoria with two goals and two assists, while Luciano Somerville, Linden Horswill, Carsen Willans and Cameron Rowat also scored for the Vikes.

TWU’s Brett Wur, Mathew Bissett, Mattias Schmitt, and Ryan Scott cored for the Spartans.

Spartans goalie Silas Matthys stopped 21 of the 27 shots he faced while the Vikes Zack Wear was good on 22 of the 26 shots he saw.

For the second night in a row, TWU was held without a power play goal on three opportunities. Victoria was one for four with the man-advantage.

It was one of those weekends where we just didn’t seem like find our rhythm for a sustained period,” Spartans coach Barret Kropf said. “We’d play four or five good shifts and then we’d make one mistake and it’d be in the back of the net. Other teams are finding ways to capitalize and make the most of their turnovers and we’re not able to.

Kropf said the Spartans are “just going to have to lick our wounds, sleep on it and get ready for next weekend. Full credit to Victoria for the points they earned this weekend.”

“It’s rough coming home without any points, but I’d rather be on this mini tailspin now than later in the season,” he added. “We have lots of room ahead of us, but we have lots of work to do to get the ship straightened.”

Webb opened the scoring at 2:16 of the first period and then Willans doubled Victoria’s lead 20 seconds later and, from there, the Vikes never allowed TWU to take a lead.

Wur responded just 36 seconds later, but Webb got his second of the period late in the first to restore Victoria’s two-goal margin.

The Spartans got back on even terms with goals from Bissett and Schmitt in the middle stanza, but Horswill’s goal with 3:49 left in the period put Victoria back in the lead.

Rowat scored on the power play at 8:38 of the third period and his goal proved to be the game-winner.

Scott tallied an unassisted marker at 9:37 of the third, but that was as close as TWU would get before Victoria’s Somerville gave the Vikes some insurance, scoring a goal with just under 10 minutes to play.

The Spartans will now prepare for next weekend’s BCIHL University Showcase at Burnaby’s Bill Copeland Sports Centre.

TWU will play Selkirk Friday at 4 p.m. before taking on Eastern Washington Sunday at 5 p.m. All five BCIHL teams will be in Burnaby next weekend and will each play two games over three days. Click here for details on the University Showcase.

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