LANGLEY, B.C. – The Trinity Western men's hockey team has back-to-back BCIHL championships in its sights as the Spartans open the 2019 BCIHL playoffs this weekend, starting Thursday with Game 1 of the best-of-three series, against Simon Fraser University.
Thursday, Mar 7th vs. SFU – 7:30 p.m. (PT) (Aldergrove Community Centre)
Friday, Mar 8th at SFU – 7 p.m. (PT) (Bill Copeland Sports Centre)
Saturday, Mar 9th vs. SFU – 7 p.m. (PT) (Aldergrove Community Centre) (If necessary)
THE WEEKEND STORY
• The first round best-of-three series has the Spartans playing at home for Games 1 and 3 at the Aldergrove Community Centre, while playing Game 2 at Bill Copeland Sports Centre in Burnaby.
• TWU finished the BCIHL regular season in first place after finishing the year with an 18-5-0-1 record. TWU split its final regular season weekend with Victoria.
• SFU capped off their regular season against Selkirk, winning 10-0 before losing 6-5.
• Thursday's playoff game will be the first playoff matchup for the Spartans since their BCIHL championship sweep over Selkirk.
• The Clan will be making their first playoff appearance since 2016-17, when they were swept in the first round against UVIC.
• TWU was 4-2 against the Clan in the regular season.
• The last time SFU and TWU met in the post-season was in 2015-16 when the Spartans earn a two-game sweep of the Clan in the BCIHL semifinals.
• The two teams have met in three times in the BCIHL semifinals, with TWU winning twice (2013-14 and 2015-16) and SFU winning once (2014-15).
• TWU Defenceman Dustin Deugau (Calgary) led TWU in scoring with 31 points this season, which was good for second in the BCIHL, while Jarett Fontaine's (Humboldt, Sask.) 14 goals tied him for second in the BCIHL.
• Mitch Newsome led SFU in scoring with 14 goals and six assists.
• TWU goaltender Lucas Mills (Burnaby, B.C.) helped the Spartans surrender the least amount of goals against this season (62), while the Clan ranked second in goals-against (79) backstopped by Ryan Sandrin and Michael Lenko.
• The Spartans open the BCIHL playoffs with the hopes of achieving their second straight BCIHL championship.
• The last team to win back-to-back championships was the Selkirk Saints, winning four titles in a row from 2012-13 to 2015-16.
SPARTANS HEAD-TO-HEAD IN 2018-19
vs. Simon Fraser University (4-2)
Oct. 13 at Simon Fraser University | W (4-1)
Nov. 9 vs. Simon Fraser University | W (3-0)
Dec. 7 at Simon Fraser University | W (4-2)
Jan. 3 vs. Simon Fraser University | L (5-4)
Jan. 26 at Simon Fraser University | L (4-2)
Feb. 18 at Simon Fraser University | W (7-3)
TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS (18-5-0-1)
BCIHL Standings: 1st
Last Weekend: @ UVIC (L 4-1) (W 7-2)
Streak: 1 win
Regular Season Form: W-W-W-L-W
SIMON FRASER CLAN (12-11-0-1)
BCIHL Standings: 4th
Last Weekend: vs. Selkirk (W 10-0) (L 6-5)
Streak: 1 loss
Regular Season Form: L-W-L-W-L