CASTLEGAR, B.C. – Trinity Western moved three points clear of Selkirk for top spot in the BCHIL standings with a 4-3 win over the Saints Friday at the Castlegar Recreation Centre.
The Spartans Brayden Brown (Calgary) broke a 3-3 tie at 7:19 of the third period and his goal stood up as the winner, helping TWU to its eighth consecutive victory.
TWU goalie Silas Matthys (Wollerau, Switzerland) made 44 saves to help the Spartans (13-3-0-0) to the victory over a Saints side (11-3-0-1) that has lost twice in a row.
Evan Last (Surrey, B.C.) had a goal and an assist, while Jordan Rendle (Surrey) and Florian Niedermaier (Davos, Switzerland) also scored for TWU. Jarrett Fontaine (Humboldt, Sask.) had two assists, including one on Brown's game-winner.
Derek McPhail, Dallas Calvin and Logan Styler scored for Selkirk, who scored all three of its goals on the power play, going three for eight. TWU was one for six with the man-advantage.
Goalie Patrick Zubick made 33 saves in a losing cause.
Last doubled TWU's lead with just under seven minutes to play, with Fontaine assisting and the Spartans held a 2-0 lead through 20 minutes.
The Saints responded in the second period with McPhail and Calvin scoring to send the game to the final frame tied 2-2.
Styler tied it up again at 4:34, which ultimately set up Brown's heroics.
Head Coach Barrett Kropf
"It was a great road win. It had playoff intensity and both teams were full measure for their efforts tonight and both goaltenders played well. It was playoff hockey. There's no other way to describe it. I think for the most part our guys were able to find the opportunities and capitalize on them. We're starting to learn to be responsible in the defensive zone and when you do that, you generate offence. To get a road win out of here continues to get us that momentum and builds confidence. Silas made the saves that he needed to make to give us a chance to win tonight. But it really was a 20-man effort tonight."
The back half of the weekend series between the Saints and Spartans is Saturday at 7 p.m. (PT) at the Castlegar Recreation Centre.