BURNABY, BC — It was a case of deja vu as Eastern Washington took the lead twice in the first period, only for the SFU Men’s Hockey Team to end up on top in a dominant 6-2 win.
The last time these two teams met, SFU were down twice in the first period before winning 5-2 on the road.
The Eagles got on the board just under seven minutes into the game, however Robert Izsak answered back with his second of the year — he scored in the previous game and is riding a four-game point streak.
Beau Walker took back the lead for EWU with his 15th of the year, giving him the sole BCIHL goal scoring lead.
SFU, however, scored two at the end of the period — from Brendan Lamont and Nic Holowko — to take the 3-2 lead and never looked back. Lamont’s eighth goal is a career best total, and all but two have occurred after the Christmas break.
The second period started fairly equally for both teams and was uninterrupted by whistles until Holowko scored his second of the night 5:37 in. From then on, SFU dominated the night.
The night saw all four lines rolling, with the bottom six contributing four of the six goals of the night. Nathan Washington, who suited up for his fifth game with Simon Fraser on the fourth line, scored his first BCIHL goal with 6:49 left in the frame.
“It’s a good feeling to get on the board, [it has been] a lot of hard work over the last few months — it’s nice to get an opportunity to take advantage,” said the 5’11 former Aldergorve Kodiak, who has three points on the season, including an assist earlier in the night.
“Especially going down the stretch and going into playoff hockey, we need to have four lines rolling.”
“When you have all four lines going, it’s like the pressure is always there, and over time you’re going to put it in the net,” said Holowko, who suited up on the third line with Spencer Unger and Eric Callegari, and has five points since joining the team — a point or more in each game played.
Mathew Berry-Lamontagna scored for the second game in a row to put the score at 6-2. His ninth goal sets a career best in his four years in the BCIHL.
Lyndon Stanwood started in net, and made 10 saves on 12 shots (.833 SV%). Ryan Sandrin played in the third period in his first game since starting in a 5-4 win versus EWU on October 27. Sandrin was perfect, making eight saves. SFU took 47 shots.
SFU returns to the ice against Vancouver Island on Family Day Monday. At the Bill Copeland Sports Centre, where 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 4 pm.
1st Star: SFU #11 Nic Holowko (2G, 0A, GWG)
2nd Star: SFU #7 Nathan Washington (1G, 1A)
3rd Star: SFU 17 Brendan Lamont (1G, 1A)
AROUND THE BCIHL: Selkirk College didn’t do SFU any favours with a 6-1 victory over Vancouver Island. VIU had the initial lead, however, Selkirk scored six unanswered goals to take the game. SFU sits five points back of second place and home ice in the playoffs. Selkirk did, however, lose to UVic 6-2, giving SFU a game in hand.