The Simon Fraser University Clan Men’s Hockey Team looks to get back to their winning ways when they play host to the struggling Eastern Washington Eagles Saturday January 31st.
The Clan is riding a season high four game losing streak but the Eagles are also on a two game winless streak of their own. SFU is also only 6 points ahead of EWU for the final playoff spot in the BCIHL so the game this Saturday is important in two ways: for the Clan to get off the snide and for SFU to create some breathing room ahead of the Eagles. SFU also needs these vital two points if they are to keep pace with Selkirk College and the University of Victoria for home ice advantage in the first round.
Clan forward Tyler Basham is the player to watch for this contest as the Surrey BC native has potted 3 goals in the past 2 games. Basham’s hot streak has been a bright spot during SFU’s recent struggles and the rookie looks primed to continue his offensive success.
While Basham has put in some good efforts as of late, the rest of his forward companions have been rather inconsistent. The top line of Nick Sandor, Jono Ceci, and Adam Callegari have struggled recently, as the trio have only combined for 6 points over the first four games in 2015. The trio has a myriad of offensive tools and hockey intelligence so the top line should be back performing to their usual standard soon enough.
On this week’s Inside the BCIHL podcast, SFU captain Tyler Mah stressed how the team must focus on each game at hand and not get to distracted by future, or even past, games. Mah also pointed to how the team hasn’t played too poorly during this stretch and that they could use some much needed puck luck.
A lucky bounce or two would definitely help SFU find their offensive spark again.
The talent on the SFU roster is better than their record suggests and as such, the Burnaby team will look to put all the pieces together for a much needed win.