BURNABY, B.C. – The Trinity Western Spartans saw their BCIHL 11 game winning streak come to an end in Saturday night's 5-3 loss to the Simon Fraser Clan. The loss drops the first place Spartans to 16-4, while the third place Clan improve to 12-6-0-1.
The Spartans trailed 1-0 after the first period on a goal by SFU's Robert Izsak at 17:08. The Clan had a slight 8-7 edge in shots over the Spartans.
TWU's Elijah Vilio (Aldergrove, B.C.) tied the game up at 14:27 of the second period. Just over seven minutes later Vilio got his second of the night on a power play goal at 7:15 to put TWU up 2-1. The Spartans ended the period with a 9-6 edge in shots and a 2-1 lead.
The Clan exploded in the third period with three goals in eight minutes. Goals came from Brendan Lamont at 18:44, Mathew Berry-Lamontagna at 14:05, and Jaret Babych at 10:45 to give SFU 4-2 lead with 9:15 remaining in the final period.
TW's Florian Niedermaier (Davos, Switzerland) got the Spartans to within one goal with a power play marker at 2:55. But the Clan shut down the Spartans with an empty net goal with 35 seconds remaining.
TWU's Silas Matthys (Wollerau, Switzerland) made 22 saves in the loss, while SFU's Lyndon Stanwood made 20 saves to earn the win.
Head Coach Barret Kropf
"It was a good game. After the long break we just didn't have our usual chemistry and we really could not get going. Credit to Simon Fraser they were very opportunistic and took advantage of our turnovers.
Now that the winning streak is off of our backs we can focus in on the smaller details and get ready for the games down the back end of our schedule."
The Spartans face the Eastern Washington Eagles on Friday, February 9. The game will be played at the Aldergrove Community Arena, with puck drop set for 7 p.m.