After a two-win performance on SFU’s opening weekend, including a 3-2 victory against Selkirk College that was SFU’s first regulation win in Castlegar since 2012, assistant coach Tom Spencer says that the lineup Saturday in SFU’s home opener will be largely the same.
“We’re happy. Two tough teams on the road, two home openers [for the opposing team], we’re really happy with how the guys came prepared and they knew it was going to be difficult,” he said. “They’ve met our expectations and worked really hard. They got what they deserved.
“We don’t want to rock the boat, we liked the roster that played Saturday night in Selkirk, we got the victory. There might be one or two [lineup changes] — we’re undecided right now — but right now there isn’t going to be any significant changes.”
Forward Jaret Babych, who sat out Saturday night due to a minor injury, is expected to return to the lineup for Saturday’s home opener. Defenceman Nick Coltura, who is “nursing a sore knee,” is expected to be ready to play. However, Coltura may be given the night off to rest after a tough road schedule through the preseason and opening weekend.
Defenceman Darnel St Pierre is expected to receive medical clearance from his concussion, and if he clears, will practice today and Friday. He will be a gametime decision for Saturday’s game.
Spencer praised Spencer Unger, who slotted in for Babych on Saturday, in his first BCIHL regular season performance.
Brandon Tidy will play defence once again for the home opener. Tidy played on the blue line in the opening games against Eastern Washington and Selkirk.
“Brandon’s our go-to shuttle player who can play both positions. Right now, with amount of bumps and bruises we’re suffering on our back end, Tidy’s going to play some defence for a while for us.”
Defenceman Robson Cramer (eye), forward Pavlo Zerebecky (hip), and goaltender Lyndon Stanwood (ankle) will not slot into the lineup, and are out more long term.