LANGLEY, B.C. – The Spartans scored three goals in the first period and never looked back, running away with an 9-2 win over visiting Selkirk Friday at the Langley Events Centre.
After losing to Simon Fraser on home ice Thursday, the Spartans bounced back in emphatic fashion, with eight different players scoring en route to TWU's largest offensive output of the season. The win also equals TWU's biggest margin of victory this year.
Logan Casavant (Melfort, Sask.) had two goals for TWU, while Evan Last (Surrey, B.C.), Josh Sylvain (Girouxville, Alta.), Dylan Cusmano (Abbotsford, B.C.), Dustin Deugau (Calgary), Jarrett Fontaine (Humboldt, Sask.), Spencer Roberts (Stouffville, Ont.) and Kade Vilio (Aldergrove, B.C.) tallied singles.
Landon Walters and Kadrian Klimchuk scored for Selkirk.
Vilio brothers Kade and Elijah finished with three points apiece, with Kade adding two assists to his goal and Elijah picking up three helpers, while Jordan Bogress (Delta, B.C.) also had three assists for TWU.
The Spartans finished the game five for six on the power play. Selkirk was two for four with the man-advantage.
The final shots were 54-24 in favour of TWU.
Roberts, who was playing in just his second game with TWU since transferring from UOIT (University of Ontario Institute of Technology) over the break, opened the scoring on the power play just over five minutes into the first period.
Deugau made it 2-0 at 13:17 of the period before Sylvain scored what would turn out to be the game-winning goal with just over a minute left in the first.
Walters struck back less than two minutes into the second period, but TWU responded with three straight goals, from Fontaine, Cusmano and Last, to go ahead 6-1.
Klimchuk scored a power play goal midway through the frame, but back-to-back goals from TWU put the home team ahead 8-2 going into the second intermission.
Casavant scored late in the third to round out the scoring.
Allistair Duncan (Abbotsford, B.C.) made 22 save for the win, while Tallon Kramer made 23 stops on 29 shots before giving way to Patrick Zubick, who made 22 saves on 25 shots.
Barret Kropf – TWU Head Coach
"I thought the guys responded really well. We talked about using our speed and we wanted to jump on them because we know how hard it is to do the road trip between here and Selkirk. We knew if we could get off to a quick start, we'd be in good shape. We did that and from then on, it was about building good habits and chasing after excellence. I think we did that for the full 60 (minutes). In the third period, we didn't want to give up any odd-man rushes and we did that, so small victories like that are important in a game like this as we build towards next weekend."
• The Spartans are now 3-1 on the season against Selkirk.
• TWU's previous largest margin of victory was when the Spartans beat Victoria 8-1 earlier in the season
• Prior to Thursday's loss, the Spartans only regulation time loss in the fall was a 4-2 setback against Selkirk in Castlegar, B.C.
The Spartans are back at home Jan. 11-12 when they host Vancouver Island University. Selkirk travels to play Simon Fraser Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre.
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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.