LANGLEY, B.C. – Trinity Western continued to roll early in the BCHIL regular season, earning its fourth straight win to start the year with a 4-1 victory over Selkirk Friday at the Langley Events Centre.
With the victory, the Spartans open the regular season with a 4-0 record for the first time in program history.
Dustin Deugau (Calgary), Kade Vilio (Aldergrove, B.C.), Jacob Mills (Burnaby, B.C.) and Evan Last (Surrey, B.C.) scored for TWU, while the Saints Josh Shatford tallied the lone marker for the visitors.
TWU's Lucas Mills (Burnaby, B.C.) made 25 saves to earn the win. Mills now has a .938 save percentage and a 1.37 goal against average through four games. Selkirk's Tallon Kramer stopped 38 of the 42 shots the Spartans fired his way.
After the Saints opened the scoring early in the first period, Deugau responded with a power play marker less than three minutes later, wristing a shot past Kramer, to spark the Spartans offensive foray.
Vilio tallied what would prove to be the game-winner at 5:21 of the second period, when he took a cross-crease pass off the rush from Last and buried it.
With 2:01 left in the middle frame, Mills put away an insurance marker when he found his way to a loose puck in the high slot and ripped it home.
Last rounded out the scoring with 4:28 to play in the third period, taking a feed in tight from Deugau and tucking it past Kramer.
TWU finished the night 1 for 4 on the power play, while Selkirk for 0 for 3.
Head Coach Barret Kropf
"I thought our guys did a good job of moving pucks quick and moving with speed. I thought we carried the play for most of the game, but Selkirk blocked a lot of shots and they work hard. So, we weren't by any stretch expecting a blowout, but it was sort of the game I thought our guys would play in terms of carrying momentum from the high level we played against the Gophers (last weekend in exhibition play against the University of Minnesota). We're the bullseye on everyone's calendar, so we can never afford not to bring our 'A' game and I thought the guys did a good job of that tonight."
• This was the first time the Spartans met Selkirk since last season's BCIHL Championship series, at which the Spartans took home the championship banner. TWU beat the Saints 5-1 (Game 1) and 4-1 (Game 2) to capture its first-ever league title.
• Last season the Spartans bettered the Saints in six out of the seven games they played, including playoff games, giving them a record of 6-1 over Selkirk.
• The Spartans are coming off a weekend in which they travelled to Minnesota to play NCAA Div. III Hamline University (2-1 OT win) and NCAA Div. I University of Minnesota (7-1 L).
The Spartans have a week off before returning to play Nov. 9 at home against Simon Fraser.
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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.