The Trinity Western University Spartans are based out of Langley.

Langley’s Spartans hold own against CIS-leel Thunderbirds

The TWU Spartans lost by a goal to the UBC Thunderbirds, and finished pre-season play with a 1-4 record.

Playing a CIS opponent for the first time in Trinity Western University men’s hockey history, the Spartans lost 3-2 against UBC in pre-season action Saturday at Father David Bauer Arena.

The Spartans’ Evan Last opened the scoring in the first period, but UBC responded with three straight goals to take a 3-1 second period lead.

TWU’s Jarrett Fontaine got the Spartans back within one goal late in the middle frame, but that was as close as the visitors came.

TWU was one-for-four on the power play while UBC was held off the scoresheet on its two extra-man opportunities.

“I think we got a lot of confidence from tonight,” Spartans coach Barret Kropf said, after the game.

“I think we played an excellent hockey team with some tremendous talent and they’re well-coached. So for our guys to get that level of competition this afternoon is very beneficial. I’m really proud of our guys’ effort. We played a full 60 minutes and, if not for a few bounces, the score could have tipped the other way.

He continued, “Overall, I thought all of our guys – each forward, each d-man and Silas Matthys in net – did what we asked of them. We asked them to relentlessly pursue pucks and stay on the forecheck and be smart and be disciplined and we checked all the boxes tonight. Now we have all those things in hand as we head into the regular season.”

UBC outshot TWU 38-21.

TWU finished the pre-season with a 1-4 record.

The Spartans will now prepare for their season-opening weekend Oct. 7-8 on the road against Victoria.

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