LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western will host Victoria this Friday at the Langley Events Centre in a rematch of last year’s BCIHL championship series, which saw the Spartans fall to the Vikes in dramatic fashion. While the teams already met once in the season-opener, Friday’s contest marks the first time Victoria has returned to the LEC since winning the league title.
Friday, Oct. 20 vs. Victoria (0-1) – 7 p.m. (PT)
THE WEEKEND STORY
• The Spartans are coming off a 2-1 loss against Vancouver Island University in a game that saw TWU outshoot the Mariners 43-26.
• The Vikes and Spartans met in their season-opener, with TWU scoring five goals in the final 6:07 of the third period to secure a 6-3 win.
• In last year’s BCIHL championship series, the Spartans took Game 1 on the road, winning 5-0. However, back in Langley, TWU lost Game 2 in overtime 2-1 before falling in Game 3, when Victoria scored with seven seconds left to win 3-2.
• TWU’s Dirk de Wall (Lethbridge, Alta.) continues to lead TWU in points this year, with four goals and an assist.
• Spartans goalie Silas Matthys (Wollerau, Switzerland) has started all three games for TWU this year, posting a 2.01 goals against average and a .910 save percentage. His goals saved above average is third in the league at 2.28.
• The Vikes Patrick Holland, who has five NHL games on his résumé after earning a stint with Montreal in 2013-14, was in on all three goals in Victoria’s only game, scoring twice and adding an assist.
• TWU’s power play is just one for 14 this year.
• The Vikes are two for six with the man-advantage.
TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS (2-1)
BCIHL Standings: 2nd
Last Weekend: VIU (2-1 L)
Streak: 1 loss
Regular Season Form: W-W-L
VICTORIA VIKES (0-1)
BCIHL Standings: 5th (tied)
Last Weekend: TWU (6-3 L)
Streak: 1 loss
Regular Season Form: L