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SPARTANS CAP SEASON WITH EMPHATIC WIN IN VICTORIA

SPARTANS CAP SEASON WITH EMPHATIC WIN IN VICTORIA

VICTORIA – Trinity western capped the regular season with a 7-2 win over Victoria Saturday at the Ian Stewart Complex.

With the win, TWU finishes the year with a BCIHL-leading 18-5-0-1 record. The defending champion Spartans will now play Simon Fraser University in a best-of-three semifinal series, starting Thursday with Game 1 at the Aldergrove Credit Union Community Centre at 7:30 p.m.

TWU's Elijah Vilio (Aldergrove, B.C.) had a four-point night, including a goal and three assists, while four Spartans had two-point efforts, including Logan Casavant (Melfort, Sask.) and Travis Verveda (Alix, Alta.), with a goal and an assist each, and Julian Uhryniuk (Winnipeg) and Kade Vilio (Aldergrove), with two assists apiece.

Josh Sylvain (Girouxville, Alta.), Joseph Sylvain (Girouxvile) and Jarrett Fontaine (Humboldt, Sask.) also tallied singles for TWU.

Allistair Duncan (Abbotsford, B.C.) and Lucas Mills (Burnaby, B.C.) split goaltending duties with Duncan stopping all 15 shots he faced and Mills making 19 saves on 21 shots.

Blake Holowaty and Eddie May scored for Victoria, who finished the year with a league-worst 5-17-0-2 record.

Vikes goalie Zack Wear made 33 saves in the loss.

Joseph Sylvain opened at 10:12 of the first period on a power play before Fontaine doubled the Spartans lead less than three minutes later.

Kade Vilio and Verveda scored in the second period before Holowaty tallied for the Vikes, sending the teams into the second intermission with TWU ahead 4-1.

May brought Victoria within two goals with 6:08 to play in the third period, but goals late in the final frame from Casavant, Josh Sylvain and Elijah Vilio secured the win.

QUOTABLE
Barret Kropf – TWU Head Coach
"The guys played well tonight. It was one of those weekends in which we wanted to make sure we played consistent at both ends of the ice. We came through healthy and while we'd like to get both wins this weekend, capping off the season with a win is a nice confidence boost. The guys are looking forward to getting going in the playoffs and we had lots of good efforts tonight. Of note, Arlyn Semeschuk (Kelowna, B.C.) had a good game tonight for us. He used his speed to get us out of trouble and just had a solid night."

NOTABLE
• Fontaine finished the year tied for second in the BCIHL in goals, with 14. He was also third in the scoring race, with 28 points, including 14 goals and 14 assists.
• TWU's Dustin Deugau finished one point back of league-leader Brett Witala for the overall BCIHL scoring title, with the Spartan defenceman picking up 31 points in 24 games (5G and 26A).
• Mills finished the year leading the BCIHL in goals against average (2.27), goals saved above average (14.48), save percentage (.918) and wins (14). He was tied for the league lead in shutouts, with two.
• Fifth-year Florian Niedermaier (Davos, Switzerland) finished his final regular season as a Spartan having played 119 career games, tying him for second all-time in BCIHL history. Jacob Mills (Burnaby, B.C.) finished with 105 career games played.

UP NEXT
The Spartans will host Simon Fraser in the first round of the BCIHL playoffs, starting Thursday with Game 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Aldergrove Credit Union Community Centre. Game 2 will be at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre (7 p.m.) and Game 3 (if necessary) will be back at the Aldergrove Credit Union Community Centre Saturday (7 p.m.).

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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