Photo Credit: Damon James
Daniell Lange’s two third period goals helped SFU Men’s Hockey overcome a second period where their emotions seemed to get the best of them, and win 5-1 against Selkirk College Saturday.
“It was a good game,” said assistant coach Tom Spencer. “Whenever you play a game of that magnitude, you have to be emotionally and mentally engaged, which I thought we were.”
Lange was put on the first line with Adam Callegari and Brendan Lamont when Scott Patterson went down with an upper body injury. On Saturday, head coach Mark Coletta credited Spencer with the decision.
“We needed to make a reaction in-game,” said Spencer. “We were looking for offence, we were looking to generate and we needed a big third period. I know Daniell is probably one of the better shots in the league and it was a good fit.”
Despite the success of that line, the lines for this weekend are still undecided.
“We haven’t decided what we want from the lineup this week, but obviously there’s something there.”
This weekend, SFU closes out the 2016 calendar year with a home back-to-back Friday and Saturday against UVic. Patterson is unlikely to play.
“Right now a little rest, and he was at the clinic [yesterday] getting it looked at. More than likely out until after the break.”
SFU will be recovering some offence, however, as Mitch Crisanti will slot back into the lineup. Crisanti leads the team in goals with seven.
Defenceman Nick Coltura is not expected to play, having not played since November 13.
“He’s dealing with an injury that’s been lingering from before his time at SFU, from junior A,” explained Spencer. “Nick’s going to take care of that and he’s going to get an MRI in the next couple of weeks, and the break coming up is just a good time for that for him to just rest up and heal up and be ready to play in the new year.”
Dustin Cave will not play this weekend. He left Saturday’s game after a collision at the SFU net in the first period, suffering a knee injury.
The plan was for the team to split starts between goaltenders Lyndon Stanwood and Jordan Liem. Stanwood will get the start Friday night. However, Liem is ineligible to play Friday night because of a game misconduct incurred at the end of regulation on Saturday, but is expected to start Saturday night. First year netminder Ryan Sandrin will back up Stanwood Friday night.
Defenceman Robson Cramer (eye), forward Pavlo Zerebecky (hip), and forward Mike Sandor (thumb) will not slot into the lineup this weekend due to injury, and are out week-to-week.