CASTLEGAR, B.C. – Like every other team so far this season, the Spartans were unable to beat Selkirk as the Saints won their ninth straight game, earning a 5-2 win over Trinity Western Friday.
Second-year Kenny Batke (Vernon, B.C.) scored his first goal as a Spartan, while first-year Brayden Brown (Calgary) notched his fourth goal of the season, but it proved to be far from enough on the night.
Selkirk scored twice in the first period and never trailed. The Spartans cut the Saints lead in half early in the middle frame when Batke scored, but Selkirk scored twice in a span of 2:13 to take a 4-1 lead.
The teams traded goals in the third period, with Brown making it a two-goal game with 3:36 left in the contest before the Saints Dallas Calvin potted his eighth goal of the year with two seconds left.
Brandon Sookro, Derek McPhail, Nelson Hurry and Parker Sharp also scored for the Saints.
Patrick Zubick made 29 saves to earn the win for Selkirk, while TWU's Lucas Mills (Burnaby, B.C.) got the start in net, allowing four goals on 17 shots before Silas Matthys (Wollerau, Switzerland) entered the game midway through the second period. Matthys stopped eight of the nine shots he faced.
Head Coach Barret Kropf
"I thought our effort was great all night. Having great effort is a difficult part of life to teach, so I know we're going to be okay coming out of this and we can continue to build on our play in terms of systems. Overall, I thought our guys had a good effort. It was a playoff type atmosphere and the game was extremely fast, so we know we're going to have lots of great games against these guys. We'll bounce back and keep going."
• Friday's game was the first meeting between the Spartans and Saints since last year's BCIHL best-of-three semifinal series, which TWU won 2-0.
• TWU was 0 for 5 on the power play, while Selkirk was 1 for 4 with the man-advantage.
• The Spartans power play is now working at 16.2 per cent, while their penalty-kill is rolling at 85.7 per cent.
The Spartans are back on the ice Saturday when they continue their road trip at Eastern Washington at 7 p.m.