VICTORIA – Trinity Western scored five goals in the final 6:07 of the third period to roar back for a 6-3 win over Victoria in a rematch of last year's BCIHL championship series Friday at the Ian Stewart Complex.
With Victoria leading 3-1, TWU's Florian Niedermaier (Davos, Switzerland) sparked the comeback with a power play marker at 12:53 of the final frame.
From there, the Spartans offence came to life, scoring four more goals, including two from Dirk de Waal (Lethbridge, Alta.), one from first-year Jordan Rendle (Surrey, B.C.) and another from Niedermaier to stun the home side.
Evan Last (Surrey) also scored for TWU, while Victoria's Patrick Holland had two goals, to go with an assist, and Jack Palmer had one.
Niedermaier added an assist to finish with three points on the night, while Dustin Deugau tallied a pair of assists.
TWU goalie Silas Matthys (Wollerau, Switzerland) made 15 saves to pick up the win.
Riding the momentum of their banner-raising celebration, the Vikes Palmer opened the scoring just 2:51 into the contest. Holland doubled Victoria's lead, capitalizing on a power play at 9:10 of the first period.
Last scored early in the second period for TWU, with Brayden Brown (Calgary) assisting on the play for his first point in a Spartans uniform.
Five minutes into the final frame, Holland reestablished Victoria's two-goal cushion, but that lead proved far too slim as the Spartans filled the net late in the contest.
After Niedermaier's first goal, de Waal scored twice in the span of 2:27 to give TWU its first lead of the game. Rendle scored with 1:45 left in the game, before Niedermaier tallied an empty-netter with 13 seconds to play.
Head Coach Barret Kropf
"It was a great game. It was UVIC's banner raising night and there was a great crowd and a great atmosphere. The intensity and pace really carried over from last year's final. It was just a lot of hard work. We out-chanced them and out-played them for a good chunk of the game. Their goaltender played extremely well and their defensemen did a good job of clearing the net. But our guys were persistent and we got some great efforts from a lot of guys tonight.
"I think overall, all four lines and all three defensive pairings and Silas played great."
• Deugau's two-point night doubled his point total from all of last season, when he had one point in 19 games.
• The Vikes beat the Spartans in last year's BCIHL championship best-of-three series after winning a thrilling Game 3 at the Langley Events Centre.
• TWU outshot Victoria 29-18.
• TWU was 1 for 3 on the power play, while Victoria was 2 for 6.
The Spartans will travel to Nanaimo, B.C. where they will face Vancouver Island University Saturday in the Mariners first ever game in the BCIHL. Puck drop is at 7:45 p.m. (PT). Watch at www.hockeytv.com.