SFU Men’s Hockey will take on the University of Victoria Vikes tonight, taking on the three-time BCIHL champion.
Though the team started the season off on the right foot with a 5-4 win against Trinity Western in their season opener on the road, the Clan are looking to rebound after a 5-3 loss against the Eastern Washington Eagles last Saturday, and to their first home win.
In the 5-3 loss, second year forward Tyler Basham scored two goals, and became the team’s leading goal scorer with three goals in two games. Freshman Brandon Tidy, who prior to joining the team has spent time with the Powell River Kings, notched his first BCIHL goal.
Goalie Lyndon Stanwood, an NCAA transfer, made his BCIHL debut last game in relief, and was perfect saving all 12 shots faced.
“The goaltending’s not an issue for us,” said head coach Mark Coletta, who is optimistic the team would return to winning ways Saturday. “They’ll figure it out, they’re good core guys, I think we got good leadership in there.”
Fellow NCAA transfer forward Jaret Babych will look to add to an impressive start with his new team, having already racked up two goals and three points in two games played.
SFU is facing a UVic team that has already played a lot of games — they have gone 2-3 in five games, having played Trinity Western in a 3-1 loss last night.
Aaron Enns, the lone goal scorer in last night’s game, played for SFU in the 2013/14 season. Enns spent last season playing for the University of Lethbridge in the CIS, and had previously played with Manhattan College in the NCAA.
Second year Vikes forward Linden Horswill looks poised to have a breakout season. Last season, he had four goals and 16 points in 24 games, while this year he already has three goals and one assist in five games played. He is currently sixth in BCIHL goals scored.
Second year goalie Scott Legault and rookie Zack Wear have split goaltending duties for the Vikes this year. Legault has two losses and a win with a .905 SV%, while Wear has a .920 SV% in a win and a loss.
Last season, UVic won the season series 5-2. SFU made the most of their home ice advantage during the 2014/15 season, going 9-3 at home, and winning their lone playoff home game.
Founded in 2005, the team is celebrating its tenth anniversary throughout this season with a variety of special events including hosting the BCIHL Showcase in January.
Puck drop is 7 pm at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre. All SFU students get in free with student ID. As our annual Halloween home game, the first 250 fans dressed in a Halloween costume will receive a free full-sized bag of OMG’s Candy. Stay after the game for team autographs.