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VICTORIA – Trinity Western's Elijah Vilio (Aldergrove, B.C.) scored the overtime winner to give the Spartans a 4-3 win over Victoria in TWU's final preseason game Saturday at the Ian Stewart Complex.

The Spartans took an early lead in the contest, but the Vikes fought back to even the game, eventually sending it to the extra session.

Braydon Brown (Calgary), Jarrett Fontaine (Humboldt, Sask.) and Kaleb Denham (Innisfail, Alta.) scored for the Spartans, while Eddie May, Lance Matechuk and Liam Shaw replied for Victoria.

TWU's game-winner came on the power play, with the Spartans capitalizing with the man-advantage for the second time in the game.

Spartans goalie Josh Lund (Fulshear, Texas) stopped 29 of the 32 shots he faced to earn the win.

The Spartans finished the preseason with a 1-2 record, having lost to Simon Fraser and UBC in the Captains Cup.

TWU Head Coach Barret Kropf
"We got out to a quick start, but, as is typical to Victoria's standard operating procedure, they worked hard and battled back. It was a great game with high pace and lots of intensity. It was really entertaining hockey to watch and be part of. It was a good situation all around for our guys. We were really effective on the power play and the penalty kill. For our guys, getting that win is a confidence boost and a good way for us to build into the opening weekend of the regular season."

The defending BCIHL champion Spartans will now prepare for its season-opening weekend Oct. 5-6 with Vancouver Island University visiting the Langley Events Centre.

About TWU
Recognized for quality, TWU has received seven consecutive A+ rankings for Quality of Teaching and Learning, holds three Canada Research Chairs, and wins national championships in CIS sports. More importantly, lives are changed at TWU through its whole-person, Christ-centred approach to education. With a wide array of undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree-completion programs, TWU equips leaders of character and competence to make a positive impact in the lives of others.

About Spartan Athletics
As official members of U SPORTS, the Spartans currently compete in 10 sports in the Canada West conference, including women's and men's soccer, volleyball, basketball, cross country and track & field. TWU also competes in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) in men's hockey. Since TWU entered U SPORTS in 1999, the Spartans have won 11 U SPORTS team championships and 25 Canada West team championships.