Written by Tessa Ratzlaff
LANGLEY, B.C. – The BCIHL-leading Trinity Western’s men’s hockey team will play a regular season road game this Saturday against the third-place Simon Fraser Clan in Burnaby, B.C. at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre. The Spartans will be looking to get their fourth win in five games against SFU this season.
Saturday, Feb. 3 vs. Simon Fraser (11-6-0-1) – 7 p.m. (PT)
THE WEEKEND STORY
• The Spartans will aim to keep their 11-game winning streak alive, which dates back to Nov. 10.
• With six games still remaining in the regular season, the Spartans (16-3-0-0) are just one win shy of bettering last year’s win total (16-6-0-2).
• The Spartans Jarrett Fontaine (Humboldt, Sask.) scored two goals, including the overtime winner, in their last game against Victoria. He now has seven goals on the season.
• Passing TWU alum Josh MacKnee in TWU’s last outing, the Spartans Florian Niedermaier (Davos, Switzerland), became TWU’s all-time goal-scoring leader with his 31st goal.
• Evan Last (Surrey, B.C.) is currently second in the league for points, with nine goals and 14 assists.
• Brayden Brown (Calgary) leads the BCIHL in goals, with 14.
• Fifth-year TWU goalie Silas Matthys (Wollerau, Switzerland) was named the BCIHL’s Goaltender of the Month for January.
• The last time the Spartans played SFU, Dylan Sakatch (Calgary) tallied his first goal of his TWU career and his first two-point night as a Spartan.
• Third-place SFU lost to Selkirk in overtime in the Clan’s last contest.
• SFU will look to break their three-game losing streak with TWU. The last time the Clan beat TWU was on Oct. 26, 2017 (4-2).
• Last time SFU played the Spartans, Ian Mackey scored the Clan’s only goal.
SPARTANS HEAD-TO-HEAD IN 2017-18
vs. Simon Fraser (3-1)
Oct. 26 – Simon Fraser 4 TWU 2 (Langley, B.C.)
Nov.16 ¬¬– TWU 4 Simon Fraser 3 (Langley, B.C.)
Dec. 2 – TWU 3 Simon Fraser 2 (Burnaby, B.C.)
Jan. 18 ¬¬– TWU 4 Simon Fraser 1 (Langley, B.C.)
TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS (16-3-0-0)
BCIHL standings: 1st
Last Weekend: Victoria (5-4 W)
Streak: 11 wins
Regular Season Form: W-W-W-W-W
SIMON FRASER CLAN (11-6-0-1)
BCIHL standings: 3rd
Last Weekend: Selkirk (5-4 OTL)
Streak: 1 loss
Regular Season Form: W-L-W-W-L