Photo Credit: Damon James
With just 52 seconds left in regulation Friday night, defenceman Mathew Berry-Lamontagna tied it up at four against the University of Victoria Vikes on the road. However, just after the three minute mark in overtime, UVic’s Shaun Mueller ended it with a top corner snipe to give the Vikes a 5-4 victory.
SFU played much of the game without the lead, with UVic scoring the first goal 7:22 into the first period. The Vikes’ second goal, would mark a span of 1:27 which saw four goals combined from the two teams.
Just 36 seconds after UVic took the two goal lead, Daniell Lange — who had 30 goals and 57 points with the Kindersley Klippers last season — scored his first BCIHL goal to put the Clan within one. Then, 34 seconds later, Scott Patterson netted his second of the season from Callegari and Brendan Lamont to tie up the game.
However, just as soon as SFU had tied the game up, UVic reclaimed the lead, with Patrick Holland scoring 17 seconds later.
SFU went into the first intermission leading in shots 20-13, but were down by a goal.
Brandon Tidy scored 2:17 into the second period to once again restore the tie. However, at nearly the same mark in the third, UVic’s Brandon Volpe netted his second of the night to put them up 4-3.
The Clan outshot the Vikes in every period, putting up 45 shots to UVic’s 29, and outshot them 3-1 in overtime.
The overtime period marked SFU’s first taste of 3-on-3 overtime, as a result of new BCIHL rules.
With the overtime loss, SFU now sits third in BCIHL standings with a 4-1-1 record. They, however, remain without a regulation loss on the road, and lead the BCIHL in goals-per-game with 4.33.
The Clan will look for redemption tonight as they face the Vikes in the second night of a back-to-back. The game will be streamed live on FASTHockey. Puck drop is at 7:30 pm.
AROUND THE BCIHL: The Trinity Western Spartans jumped to first place in the BCIHL standings with a 4-3 victory against the Selkirk College Saints in Castlegar. Despite two goals from Selkirk’s Dallas Calvin, Trinity Western’s three straight goals to open the scoring proved too much to overcome. Spartan goaltender Silas Matthys made 33 saves on 36 shots (.917 SV%). Though the two teams both have 10 points, the Spartans hold the tiebreaker with two games in hand. They rematch each other tonight at 7 pm.