With a weekend off the SFU team is eager to get back on the ice this weekend with two key matchups against VIU and TWU. On Friday, SFU visits Nanaimo to take on the Mariners who sit 8 points ahead of SFU for 3rd place, but have only 2 games remaining in the season to SFU’s 6. SFU returns home Saturday morning to prepare for a huge Family Day Matinee game as the TWU Spartans come to town for a 3pm puck drop. SFU has bested the top-ranked Spartans in both of their last 2 meetings, and Monday’s game has the potential for a playoff-type atmosphere.
SFU is 3-4 in 2019 thus far, and a decimated blueline has hampered the team from finding consistent results, playing nearly every game with a makeshift defence core with only 2 regular defenceman.
Domenic Masellis who has not seen action since November due to a knee injury is undergoing final medical tests and will be a game-time decision on Friday. His return would take pressure off Mathew Berry-Lamontagna and Darnel St. Pierre, who have carried the load for the SFU blueline.
Former Coquitlam Express Mitch Newsome is rounding out a fine rookie campaign, with 5 goals in his last 3 games and 10 on the season.
With Selkirk College defeating VIU in two games last weekend and SFU having 4 games on hand on both teams, the Burnaby boys can still claim home-ice advantage going into playoffs. However the squad will need to right the ship in a big way this weekend, finding consistency and discipline against two difficult opponents.
Tickets for Monday’s matinee can be purchased by clicking here. SFU players will be on-hand at Copeland Arena throughout the day as the City of Burnaby hosts the Family Day Winter Festival with a Pancake Breakfast, Toonie Skate and entertainment. Monday’s game will also benefit the SFU Rowing Club, who will be on hand selling raffle and 50/50 tickets.