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SPARTANS FALL TO KAZAKHSTAN U20 TEAM IN OVERTIME

LANGLEY, B.C. – Trinity Western's men's hockey team lost in overtime to the Kazakhstan National Junior Team, with the visitors Samat Daniyar scoring on a penalty shot in the extra session to give the Kazakhs a 4-3 win Thursday at the Langley Events Centre.

Daniyar, who also scored a goal early in the third period, was tripped up on a breakaway just 38 seconds into overtime and converted the penalty shot, deking to his left and roofing the puck past TWU's Josh Lund (Fulshear, Tex.).

Trailing 3-1 in the third period, the Spartans forced overtime with power play goals from both Elijah Vilio (Aldergrove, B.C.) and Jarrett Fontaine (Humboldt, Sask.), who also scored a second-period marker, but were unable to complete the comeback.

Kazakhstan's Sayan Daniyer and Davyd Makutskiy scored the visitors' other two goals.

TWU's Lucas Mills (Burnaby, B.C.) made 18 saves in the first two periods before Lund, who came in for the third period and overtime, made 10 saves on 12 shots. Kazakhstan goalie Denis Karatayev stopped 27 of the 30 shots he faced.

Spartans blueliner Jacob Mills (Burnaby) assisted on all three goals, while Jordan Bogress (Vancouver) had two assists on the night.

Sayan Daniyar also had two assists to go with his goal.

Kazakhstan outshot TWU 32-30.

Kazakhstan opened the scoring at 6:49 of the first period, with Artur Gatiyatov sending a quick feed into the slot from behind the net and Sayan Daniyar made no mistake, snapping the puck upstairs.

The teams finished the opening period with 11 shots apiece.

Fontaine tied the game at 7:32 of the second period when he took a cross-ice pass from Jordan Bogress and tapped the puck home from inside the Kazakhstan crease.

TWU had a chance to go up a goal when Ivan Vereshagin, who dressed for the Spartans alongside teammates Batyrlan Muratov and Aidos Zhorabek, was sent in on a breakaway, but the Kazakh forward was stopped by Karatayev.

However, Makutskiy restored Kazakhstan's lead at 14:51 of the middle frame, when he found a bouncing puck just below the right dot and whipped a shot past Mills.

Shortly after Kazakhstan went ahead, Mills came up with a highlight reel save, throwing up a double-pad stack to keep the game at 2-1.

Early in the third period, Samat Daniyar scored to give Kazakhstan a 3-1 lead, but TWU battled back with a pair of power play goals at 8:43 and 12:18 of the third period.

NOTABLE
• Kazakhstan beat Victoria 6-2 on Tuesday night in the opening game of the College Hockey Showcase.
• Samat Daniyar has three goals and three assists in two games in the showcase, while Sayan Daniyar now has two goals and two assists in two games.
• Kazakhstan also won an unofficial post-game shootout, scoring twice on five attempts, while TWU's Bogress was the only Spartan to score on their five opportunities.
• TWU finished the fall semester with a 10-1-0-1 record in BCIHL action.

UP NEXT
Five TWU Spartans will be part of the BCIHL Young Stars roster that will face Kazakhstan Monday at 7 p.m. (PT) at the Langley Events Centre. The TWU contingent includes forwards Spencer Gerth (Langley) and Jordan Bogress (Delta, B.C.), defencemen Elijah Vilio (Surrey, B.C.) and Evan Cusmano (Abbotsford, B.C.) and goalie Lucas Mills (Burnaby, B.C.).

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.

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