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LANGLEY, B.C. – The first-place Trinity Western men's hockey team will host Vancouver Island University Friday and Saturday at the Langley Events Centre in a critical weekend series between the top two teams in the BCIHL.

Friday, Jan. 11 vs. Vancouver Island University – 7 p.m. (PT)
Saturday, Jan. 12 vs. Vancouver Island University – 12 p.m. (PT)

• The weekend series features the defending champion and first-place Spartans against a second-year VIU team that sits just four points behind league-leading TWU.
• The Spartans will aim to rebuild momentum after earning a 9-2 win over Selkirk in their last outing. The win came on the heels of a 5-4 loss to Simon Fraser, which was TWU's first regulation time setback on home ice and just the Spartans third loss of the season.
• VIU enters the weekend after back-to-back wins over Victoria.
• TWU has won all three meetings this year with VIU.
• The Spartans were 3-1-0-1 against the Mariners in 2017-18.
• TWU's Evan Last (Surrey, B.C.) leads the Spartans in scoring and is second in the BCIHL, with seven goals and 14 assists in 14 games.
• BCIHL leading scorer Dallas Calvin, who has seven goals and 16 assists in 15 games, leads the Mariners in points. With two goals and three assists over the weekend, Calvin was named the BCIHIL ANYTHING BRANDED Player of the Week last week.

vs. Vancouver Island University (3-0)
Oct. 5 vs. Vancouver Island University | W (3-2 OT)
Oct. 6 vs. Vancouver Island University | W (6-5)
Nov. 24 @ Vancouver Island University | W (3-2)

BCIHL ranking: 1st
BCIHL Streak: 1 win
Regular Season Form: L-W-W-L-W
Last Weekend: SFU (5-4 L), Selkirk (9-2 W)

BCIHL ranking: 2nd
Streak: 3 wins
Regular Season Form: L-L-W-W-W
Last Weekend: Victoria (9-6 W), (5-4 W (SO))

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.