LANGLEY, B.C. –The first-place Trinity Western’s men’s hockey team will open the playoffs this weekend, with Game 1 of its BCIHL semifinal series in Victoria Friday, before returning home Saturday to host the Vikes in Game 2 at the Langley Events Centre. If necessary, Game 3 will be Monday, Mar. 12 in Langley.
Game 1 – Friday, Mar. 9 @ Victoria (8-15-0-2) – 7 p.m. (PT) | Ian Stewart Complex
Game 2 – Saturday, Mar 10 vs. Victoria (8-15-0-2) – 7 p.m. (PT) | To Be Determined
Game 3 – Monday, March 12 vs. Victoria (8-15-0-2) – 7 p.m. (PT) (if necessary) | George Preston Arena
THE WEEKEND STORY
• This weekend’s semifinal series with Victoria is a rematch of last year's BCIHL championship series, which the Vikes won in a deciding Game 3 at the Langley Events Centre.
• TWU finished their season series against the Vikes with a perfect 5-0 record, outscoring Victoria 31-11.
• The Vikes moved into a playoff position after Simon Fraser was forced to forfeit 11 games due to playing an academically ineligible player.
• The Spartans (21-3-0-1) capped their best-ever regular season after earning a 6-3 win over the Vikes Friday at the LEC.
• Silas Matthys (Wollerau, Switzerland) capped his career with a BCIHL-record 51 wins.
• TWU’s Elijah Vilio (Aldergrove, B.C.) scored a hat-trick for the Spartans Friday night.
• TWU’s Evan Last (Surrey, B.C.) finished the year third in the league for points, with 11 goals and 20 assists.
• Rookie Brayden Brown (Calgary) was fourth in league scoring with 15 goals and 15 assists, while fellow first-year Brandon Potomak (Aldergrove, B.C.) was sixth with seven goals and 21 assists.
• The Spartans Dustin Deugau (Calgary), who finished the season as the BCIHL’s top scoring defenceman, with three goals and 21 assists, was named defenceman of the month for February. He had 10 assists in five games during the month.
SPARTANS HEAD-TO-HEAD IN 2017-18
Oct. 6 – TWU 6 UVIC a 3 (Victoria)
Oct. 20 – TWU 11 UVIC 1 (Langley)
Jan. 20 – TWU 5 UVIC 4 (Langley)
Feb. 23 – TWU 2 UVIC 0 (Victoria)
Mar. 2 – TWU 6 UVIC 3 (Langley)
TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS (21-3-0-1)
BCIHL standings: 1st
Last Weekend: UVIC Vikes (6-3 W)
Streak: 1 win
Regular Season Form: W-W-W-L-W
VICTORIA VIKES (8-15-0-2)
BCIHL standings: 4th
Last Weekend: SFU Clan (5-2 L)
Streak: 3 losses
Regular Season Form: W-W-L-L-L