Return to the post-season for Spartans

After two-year absence, Trinity Western hockey team is back in the playoffs

The Trinity Western Spartans celebrate one of their goals during a 5-3 victory over the Thompson Rivers WolfPack at the Langley Events Centre on Feb. 20.

The Trinity Western Spartans celebrate one of their goals during a 5-3 victory over the Thompson Rivers WolfPack at the Langley Events Centre on Feb. 20.

A 5-3 victory helped the Trinity Western Spartans men’s hockey team clinch a post-season berth after a two-year hiatus.

The Spartans improved to 10-12 on the season and leapfrogged the Thompson Rivers WolfPack for third place in the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League standings after their win over the visiting WolfPack on Feb. 20 at the Langley Events Centre.

The Spartans were up 4-0 but the WolfPack scored three straight to make it 4-3 with 13 minutes to go.

“They got a couple of quick ones when we were trying to do too many things that we’re not designed to do,” said Trinity Western coach Barret Kropf.

“We’re not a team that can play as individuals. We are a hard working team that has to play as a full unit.

“We got the guys refocused heading into the third period and we got the win.”

Andrew Wheeler, Trevor Beaupre, Cody Stephenson and JP Villeneuve had given the Spartans a 4-0 lead. Doug Gordon added the insurance marker to make it 5-3.

Harry Fredeman made 31 saves for the win.

The Spartans close the regular season with a pair of road games against Eastern Washington and Selkirk on Friday and Saturday.

Langley Times