Written by Tessa Ratzlaff
LANGLEY, B.C. – Trinity Western’s men’s hockey team will play two regular season home games this weekend, as the first-place Spartans host Simon Fraser Thursday and Victoria Saturday.
Thursday, Jan. 18 vs. Simon Fraser (9-5-0-0) – 7 p.m. (PT)
Saturday, Jan. 20 vs. Victoria (3-10-0-1) – 1 p.m. (PT)
THE WEEKEND STORY
• The Spartans will look to keep their momentum rolling this weekend as they enter the weekend riding a nine-game winning streak.
• The Spartans Florian Niedermaier (Davos, Switzerland) scored the game-winning goal in overtime on Saturday night, and is now tied with alum Josh MacKnee for the TWU career lead in goals, at 30.
• Brayden Brown (Calgary) and Evan Last (Surrey, B.C.) are tied for second in the league with 21 points.
• The Spartans goaltender Silas Matthys (Wollerau, Switzerland) was named the BCIHL’s ANYTHING BRANDED Player of the Week this past week after making 77 saves while leading TWU to back-to-back road wins over Selkirk. Matthys is leading the league in all goaltending categories this weekend, including wins, goals-against-average and save percentage.
• Third-place SFU has won their last three games.
• SFU’s Mac Colasimone is the Clan’s point leader, with three goals and 12 assists.
• Jack Palmer leads the fifth-place Vikes in scoring with three goals and 14 points in 13 games.
SPARTANS HEAD-TO-HEAD IN 2017-18
vs. Simon Fraser
Oct. 26 – Simon Fraser 4 TWU 2 (Langley, B.C.)
Nov.16 ¬¬– TWU 4 Simon Fraser 3 (Langley, B.C.)
Dec. 2 – TWU 3 Simon Fraser 2 (Burnaby, B.C.)
Oct. 6 – TWU 6 Victoria 3 (Victoria)
Oct. 20 – TWU 11 Victoria 1 (Langley, B.C.)
TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS (14-3-0-0)
BCIHL Standings: 1st
Last Weekend: Selkirk (4-3 W), (3-2 W)
Streak: 9 wins
Regular Season Form: W-W-W-W-W
SIMON FRASER CLAN (9-5-0-0)
BCIHL Standings: 3rd
Last Weekend: Vancouver Island (5-1 W)
Streak: 3 wins
Regular Season Form: L-L-W-W-W
VICTORIA VIKES (3-10-0-1)
BCIHL ranking: 5th
Last Weekend: Eastern Washington (4-1 W)
Streak: 1 win
Regular Season Form: L-W-L-L-W