Spartans down Vikes in regular season finale

Trinity Western faces Victoria in best-of-three semifinal series

The Trinity Western Spartans snapped a three-game losing streak, defeating the Victoria Vikes 4-1 in their regular season finale.

The Spartans faced the Vikes on Friday night at the Langley Sportsplex and TWU finished the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League regular season with a mark of 17-5-0-2, good for top spot.

“We had a solid 60-minute effort,” said Spartans coach Barret Kropf.

“All four lines gave us good minutes and our penalty kill carried a lot of momentum.

“It was a good team effort and a great team win and I’m proud of the boys.”

Andrew Wheeler opened the scoring for the Spartans before Adam Klein tied things up with a power-play goal before intermission.

Grange Gordon got the eventual game-winner with a short-handed goal — the team’s first all season — 2:01 into the second period.

The Spartans tacked on a pair of insurance markers in the third, with Cody Fidgett and PJ Buys getting a goal apiece.

Aaron Oakley was pressed into action as Silas Matthys was a late scratch with the flu. He finished with 38 saves.

The Spartans begin their best-of-three semifinal series against the Simon Fraser Clan. Game one is at the Langley Events Centre on March 5 at 7 p.m.

The teams then play at Burnaby’s Bill Copeland Arena on March 6.

If necessary, the teams would return to the LEC for game three on March 7.

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