Bounce back win for WolfPack hockey

Adam Williams, Sports Editor Ω

The WolfPack men’s hockey team worked their way back into the win column Oct. 27, with a 5-2 victory over the Trinity Western University (TWU) Spartans.

The ‘Pack fell behind midway through the first period when Douglas Gordon of the Spartans scored a power play marker from along the goal-line. That was as far as the Spartans would get however, as the WolfPack answered less than four minutes later and never looked back.

“I thought we had a pretty solid first two periods,” said WolfPack head coach Don Schulz. “I thought we took the foot off the throttle a little bit in the third – not too bad – but give them credit, they always work hard right until the last second and that’s the same sort of work ethic we’re trying to instill with our guys.”

WolfPack forwards Tyler Jackson and Nathan Michaels led the team with three points each and captain Curtis Tonello had a strong game on the back end with two goals of his own. Jackson scored the eventual game winner.

“Tyler’s got good speed, he’s got really good work ethic and when he works inside and within the system he can be very, very effective,” Schulz said. “He may not be the biggest guy in stature, but he’s got a lot of heart, so you have to really respect the way he plays.”

Heart is a word that might be used to characterize the entire team’s play Oct. 27. The ‘Pack was handed two embarrassing defeats last weekend in Castlegar, 11-0 and 8-1, at the hands of the league-leading Selkirk Saints. It’s a pattern the team could have allowed to continue against TWU this weekend but instead hard work and physical play led the team to victory. Schulz said the team went through a long week of hard practices and battle drills in preparation for this weekend’s play and not one complaint was uttered when things got tough.

With TWU now firmly in the rear-view mirror, the focus shifts to next weekend, when the WolfPack will have the opportunity to exact revenge on the Selkirk Saints at the Memorial Arena in Kamloops. They will also get their first look at the Eastern Washington University Eagles, who sit just one point behind the WolfPack in the BCIHL standings. Both games have important implications on the young BCIHL season and the WolfPack will be counting on hard work and heart to carry them through.