Photo Credit: Garrett James
VICTORIA, BC — The Clan came out firing Friday night, defeating the University of Victoria Vikes 4-0 in game one of a tough back-to-back.
With points against UVic, Graham Smerek, Adam Callegari, and Brendan Lamont broke their highest BCIHL point totals — Smerek with 19, Callegari with 20, and Lamont with 19.
Individual milestones weren’t just for the skaters, however.
Undefeated on the season, goaltender Lyndon Stanwood’s second career shutout was his 10th win in 2016/17, and 13th consecutive victory. He stopped 24 shots. He has a .938 SV% and 1.60 GAA.
SFU captured the lead in the first period, and never looked back. Just seconds after the team killed off a penalty, Smerek opened the scoring 12 minutes in with his fifth of the year — the first of two points — from Dustin Cave. It would turn out to be all SFU needed.
Jaret Babych, with his 10th of the year, gave the Clan a comfortable lead with just under three minutes left in the first period. Brandon Tidy and Smerek were credited with assists.
In the second, SFU outshot the Vikes 12-8, but neither team put one in the back of the net.
Callegari and Darnel St Pierre added some insurance goals near the end of the third period to ensure SFU’s victory. Spencer Unger also picked up a point.
The victory marked SFU’s fifth consecutive victory, and sixth consecutive game with a point. With one more win, SFU would likely put first place out of reach for Trinity Western, the only team capable of capturing the spot from SFU.
SFU outshot UVic 30-24.
The Clan make a quick turnaround as they return home tonight to the Bill Copeland Sports Centre to face off against the Eastern Washington Eagles. In the last matchup, SFU narrowly beat the Eagles 3-2 in overtime, after a last minute comeback goal. Jordan Liem is expected to get the start.
It’s Minor Hockey Officials Night. All BC hockey officials will get free entry to the game, and a select number of referees will be taking part in the pregame ceremonies and intermission contest. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and free for children under 6 or for SFU students with valid ID. The game will also be streamed live on HockeyTV. Puck drop is at 7 pm.
AROUND THE BCIHL: Selkirk College snapped a three game losing streak with a 4-2 win over Eastern Washington. The Eagles initially soared to a 1-0 lead courtesy of Hayden Boring’s power play goal, but Selkirk College answered with three consecutive goals. Just two minutes into the third, Connor Ward put Eastern Washington within one, but no more scoring was had until Selkirk College scored an empty-netter.