Jono Ceci’s 158th point — beating former Spartan Robert Vos’s previous 157 point BCIHL scoring record — helped tie up the game, and led SFU to a 3-2 shootout win against the Trinity Western Spartans Saturday night.
“To be honest, I was like, ‘Did I touch that?,’” Ceci reflected on his 158th point, an assist on Jsse Mysiorek’s game-tying goal. “It feels good.”
But for Ceci, the important thing was getting the two points.
“The win is so big for us, [. . .] it’s nice to get that one, and the point is just icing on the cake.”
SFU opened the scoring with Jamie Waddington deflecting a Matthew Berry-Lamontagna point shot midway through the first period. Waddington, a freshman, had notched his second career BCIHL goal.
However, only 55 seconds later, the Spartans tied the game up, and shortly after that took a 2-1 lead, which they would hold for much of the game.
Despite quality chances for both sides, there would be no more scoring until there was 2:15 left in the third.
With the goalie pulled, Mysiorek put away his second of the year, assisted by Ceci, to tie the game.
Mysoriek’s goal also turned the tide of play — despite relatively even play throughout much of the game, SFU dominated possession for the rest of the third and overtime. Trinity Western did not record an overtime shot, while the Clan managed four.
After a scoreless overtime, a shootout was required to settle the score. Spartan forward Jamie Kreller scored on their first shot, while SFU’s first shooter, Ceci, missed. However, SFU’s other two shooters — Berry-Lamontagna and Waddington — both scored, while Trinity Western were unsuccessful on their other two attempts.
Jordan Liem made 36 saves on 38 shots for a .947 SV%.
“I thought the first period was kind of slow, we didn’t have a lot of jump,” said head coach Mark Coletta. “After the second period went by, I thought we got our legs back, and the third period we played really well.”
SFU now sits in third place in the BCIHL standings, only one point back from Trinity Western, who has a game in hand.
“They are our crosstown rival, and we’re tight in the standings with them, we recruit the same players, so it’s a good rivalry and it’s one that’s only going to get better,” said Coletta of the rivalry between the two teams.
SFU will continue their homestand this Saturday against the Selkirk College Saints. The Saints are the reigning BCIHL champions for the third straight year, having beaten SFU in last season’s BCIHL finals. SFU previously played Selkirk this season on the road in a 5-0 loss.
“It’s the last game before the break, and we want to win,” said Coletta. “Selkirk is one our biggest rivals now and there’s no love lost between the two teams, and we’ve got to be prepared.”
Selkirk currently leads the BCIHL with an 8-2-0 record, while Selkirk forward Dallas Calvin, a freshman, leads the league in scoring with 12 goals and 20 points in nine games.
The game will mark SFU’s annual teddy bear toss night, which features a new twist this year as fans can choose to toss new socks and underwear — which will go to help the homeless — during SFU’s first goal, in addition to teddy bears that can be bought to help the Surrey Christmas Bureau and Burnaby Community Services. SFU students get in free with student ID. Puck drop is at 7 pm.