LANGLEY, B.C. – For the second consecutive season, Trinity Western University forward Jarrett Fontaine (Humboldt, Sask.) has been named the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League's Playoff MVP following a championship win for the Spartans.
Fontaine scored the signature goal of this year's postseason, netting the Game 1 winner in TWU's league finals series against Vancouver Island University with just seven seconds left to break a 2-2 tie. The Spartans would romp to a 9-1 victory in Game 2 to secure the sweep.
Fontaine added three assists in the series-clinching win over the Mariners and finished the playoff with five points.
The 2019 BCIHL Playoff All-Star team was also announced Tuesday, with Fontaine joining teammates Evan Last (Surrey, B.C.), Jacob Mills (Burnaby, B.C.), Kaleb Denham (Innisfail, Alta.) and Lucas Mills (Burnaby) on the squad. VIU forward Dylan McCann was the lone non-TWU representative on the team.
Last led all postseason scorers with six points while McCann was instrumental in VIU advancing to the finals, scoring twice in his team's Game 1 win in their opening round series against Selkirk College. Jacob Mills picked up five points to lead all BCIHL defencemen in playoff scoring and Denham contributed four assists while guiding a Spartans defence core that conceded just eight goals in four games.
Lucas Mills finished the playoffs with four wins, a 2.00 goals-against average and .914 save-percentage. He led BCIHL goaltenders in all three categories, and stopped 39 of 42 shots in the BCIHL Finals.
2019 BCIHL Playoff All-Star Team
MVP: Jarrett Fontaine (Trinity Western University)
Forwards: Jarrett Fontaine (Trinity Western University), Evan Last (Trinity Western University) and Dylan McCann (Vancouver Island University)
Defencemen: Kaleb Denham (Trinity Western University) and Jacob Mills (Trinity Western University)
Goaltender: Lucas Mills (Trinity Western University).
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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.