VICTORIA – Trinity Western lost 4-1 on the road against Victoria Friday at the Ian Stewart Complex in what was the Spartans second last game of the regular season.
Despite outshooting the Vikes 40-20, the home side was able to come out victorious, earning its fifth win of the season.
With the loss, TWU, who has already locked up first place in the BCIHL standings, dropped to 17-5-0-1. Victoria is 5-16-0-2.
Joseph Sylvain (Girouxville, Alta.) scored the lone goal for TWU, while Spartan goalies Josh Lund (Fulshear, Tex.) and Allistair Duncan (Abbotsford, B.C.) split duties, with Lund making 11 saves on 13 shots and Duncan stopping five of the seven shots he faced.
Victoria's Carter Huber, Matthew Hermary, Otis Goldman and Eddie May scored for the Vikes. Goalie Niall Murphy earned the win, making 39 saves.
Huber and Hermary tallied in the first period before Sylvain cut the Vikes lead in half with 5:40 left in the middle frame.
Goldman tallied at 3:28 of the third period before May scored into an empty net with 18 seconds left.
Barret Kropf – TWU Head Coach
"Of the few turnovers that we had, they capitalized. I thought we actually played a decent game. We battled really hard. Our goal tonight was just coming out of the game healthy and establishing some good habits. I think we did that. Our penalty kill was really effective. Our back end moved the puck well, but we just need to find the back of the net and get that confidence going on the offensive side of things."
• TWU finished 0 for 2 on the power play.
• Victoria was 0 for 6 on the power play.
• TWU's Dustin Deugau (Calgary) enters Saturday's regular season finale second in league scoring, with 30 points, and trails Brett Witala of VIU by just two points.
• TWU's Jarrett Fontaine (Humboldt, Sask.) is on 13 goals with one game to play, sitting one goal behind Witala.
The Spartans will play Victoria again Saturday in the regular season finale. Puck drop is at 7:30 p.m. (PT).
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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.