Photo Credit: Damon James
With five unanswered goals, SFU Men’s Hockey completed the comeback Saturday night against the University of Victoria Vikes, winning 5-2.
“When you play UVic, definitely it’s a cat and mouse game,” said head coach Mark Coletta. “Both nights we played really well, we didn’t get the bounces last night. Tonight it was a bit of the same until the third period. We battled and found a way to put the puck in the back of the net.”
UVic’s Landen Matechuk opened the scoring 1:38 into the game, while Shaun Mueller made it 2-0 for the Vikes with just under six minutes left in the first. SFU went into the first intermission down by two goals.
Freshman Daniell Lange scored his second in two nights, and his second BCIHL goal, to put the Clan within one at the five minute mark in the second period.
SFU would score four goals in the third, all coming in the last 12:17 of the period. Brendan Lamont, from Scott Patterson and Adam Callegari, opened the floodgates and tied the game up at two. Just 12 seconds later, Ryker Moreau, with his first BCIHL tally, scored the gamewinner to put the Clan up 3-2. A point shot from Mathew Berry-Lamontagna, fed by Jesse Mysiorek and Robert Izsak, supplied the fourth goal with just under five minutes to go.
The fifth goal came when Patterson was taken down while on a breakaway against an empty net, which resulted in an automatic goal credited to SFU.
Goaltender Lyndon Stanwood made 31 saves on 33 shots (.939 SV%). UVic held the slight lead in shots with 33 to SFU’s 30.
Callegari, who had returned from injury Friday’s game, made an immediate impact, scoring a goal and two assists over the two games. The Callegari-Lamont-Patterson line was deadly.
“[Callegari’s] definitely a skill guy, so having him back was good, and I think Patterson and Lamont really benefit from him on the ice dishing pucks,” said Coletta.
After their comeback effort fell just short the night before, falling 5-4 in overtime, the Clan collected three of four possible points on the weekend, and slot into sole ownership of second place in the BCIHL with a 5-1-1 record and 11 points. SFU sits one point back from Selkirk College, but have two games in hand, and lead the BCIHL in winning percentage with .786.
This coming Saturday, SFU takes on the Eastern Washington Eagles in Cheney, WA. In two previous matchups this season, SFU has defeated the Eagles 3-1 and 10-1, once on the road and once away. The game will be live streamed on FASTHockey and follow @SFUHockey on Twitter for live updates. Puck drop is at 7:30 pm.
AROUND THE BCIHL: Avenging the 4-3 loss the night before, Selkirk College won a 3-2 contest versus the Trinity Western University Spartans 3-2 to maintain their hold on first place. Dallas Calvin, who sits in second to Shaun Mueller in the BCIHL scoring race, opened the scoring. By the midway point in the third period, Selkirk had amassed a 3-1 lead. While Trinity Western was effective on the power play (two for three) and cut the lead within one with over six minutes left, they were unable to solve Selkirk goaltender Russell Sanderson for a third goal. With the loss, the Spartans fall to third place with a 5-2-0 record and 10 points.