Langley – Isaac LaBelle (Saskatoon, Sask.) made 46 saves and the Spartans got goals from six different goal scorers en-route to a 6-2 win over the visiting Victoria Vikes Friday at the Langley Events Centre.
With their eight-consecutive victory on the season, the Spartans improved to a league-best 8-0-0-0. The loss dropped last place Victoria to 3-7-0-1.
Jarrett Fontaine (Humboldt, Sask.), Evan Last (Surrey, B.C.), Spencer Roberts (Langley, B.C.), Travis Verveda (Alix, Alta.), Tyler McMinn (Wilsall, MT), and Brandon Potomak (Aldergrove, B.C.) all scored for TWU.
The Spartans got on the board first when Fontaine scored his third goal of the season in his home debut to make it 1-0.
After 5-on-3 penalty kill, the Spartans struck again when Last scored on an odd man rush to stretch TWU’s lead to two.
Four minutes later the Vikes finally got on the board, when Callum Volpe scored off a rebound with 6:13 to go in the first period to make it 2-1.
Into the second period TWU regained its two-goal lead, with Joe Sylvain (Girouxville, Alta.) streaking down the left wing and feeding Roberts who tapped it in to make it 3-1.
Victoria responded again with 6:05 left in the second period, with Brock Schwaluk feeding Blake Holowaty to make it 3-2.
The third period saw TWU then take over, with goals from defenceman Verveda at 7:16 and McMinn at 6:04 gave the Spartans a 5-2 lead.
Potomak would then add an insurance goal late for the Spartans, as they took the game 6-2.
Victoria went 1-6 on the powerplay, while TWU was 0-4.
Vikes goaltender Daniel Paul made 42 saves in the loss, falling to 2-4-0-0 on the season.
Winnipeg – The No. 2-ranked Trinity Western women’s volleyball team earned its seventh straight win to start the season, picking up a 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-17) victory over Manitoba at the Investors Group Athletic Centre Friday evening
Fourth-year star outside Hilary Howe (Calgary) led the way for Trinity Western with a match-high 13 kills on a season-high .462 hitting percentage.
Right side Laura Hill was one of the lone bright spots for Manitoba, leading her team with six kills and adding three digs. Kearley Abbott finished with five kills and seven digs for the Bisons.
The three-set loss dropped the Bisons record to 2-5.
The Spartans held a steady lead in the first set behind outside Savannah Purdy’s (Victoria) three kills and poor Bisons hitting. The visitors took the set 25-15.
Manitoba got off to a hot start in the second set, holding am 18-15 lead before a momentum-changing 10-3 Spartans run to close the set.
Trinity Western didn’t slow down in the third, sealing the match with a 25-17 third-set victory.
The Spartans hit a superb .329 as a team, while the Bisons only hit .120.
Langley – The No. 1-ranked Trinity Western University Spartans came out on top in a three set-match, beating the University of Manitoba 25-14, 25-19, 25-20 Friday at the Investors Group Athletic Centre.
The defending U SPORTS champion Spartans improved their record to 6-1 with the win while Manitoba dropped to 3-2.
Brodie Hofer (Langley, B.C.), Jackson Howe (Calgary) and Jacob Kern (Edmonton) were all dominant for TWU as they all reached double-digit kills despite playing just three sets. Kern had a match-high 11 kills along with two service aces and six digs, while Howe, who also had three aces, and Howe had 10 kills apiece. Derek Epp (Saskatoon) had 36 assists in the three-set win.
Ben Carleton had a team-high 10 kills for Manitoba.
The Spartans took the first set in convincing fashion, beating the Bisons 25-14. Hofer had four kills in the set.
Manitoba battled back with some extended rallies in the second, but TWU held on to take the set 25-19.
There was no quit in the Bisons after going down 2-0, but they dropped the third and final set 25-20 despite a much-improved .370 hitting percentage.
The Spartans hit .403 as a team, while Manitoba hit .200. TWU had a 9-2 edge in aces.