Castlegar, BC – Selkirk forward Brandon Sookro scored his second goal of the game just 21 seconds into overtime Saturday night to secure the win and put the Saints two points ahead of SFU in the BCIHL standings.
SFU forward Mac Colasimone scored the opening goal on the powerplay at the 13:52 mark of the first period. Selkirk forward Dallas Calvin tied the game late in the second period 1-1. Colasimone buried his second goal of the game about 6 minutes into the third period to regain the lead. Selkirk rookie forward Brandon Sookro tied the game late in the third period to force the game to over time. Sookro fired his second puck past SFU goaltender Lyndon Stanwood just 21 seconds into over time to seal the win for the Saints and end SFU’s win-streak at four games.
It was a disappointing result for SFU fans, but Mac Colasimone continues to have an excellent season for the Clan. Including his two-goal effort tonight, he has 8 points in his previous 5 games. “My line was clicking tonight, I just happened to be the one at the scoring end this time. (Brendan Lamont) made some pretty nice passes on both of my goals. I was pretty fortunate tonight to get to put them home.”
SFU head coach Mark Coletta was impressed by his team’s effort despite the loss. “It was a good game, I think we played really hard, played well. We were a little short-staffed on the back-end. It was a back and forth game, one-nothing, one-one, two-one, two-two, and then in over time anything can happen three on three.” He continued “I thought our guys worked hard, they battled. I thought we had a really good game to get the lead both times, so we’re definitely happy with the performance, obviously the results are disappointing.”
Colasimone was disappointed in the loss and offered up a simple reason for Saturday’s defeat. “They had a few lucky bounces probably, but they just wanted to win more and that’s pretty much what it came down to.”
SFU is back in action tomorrow afternoon when they visit the Eastern Washington Eagles for a 2 o’clock puck drop. The Eagles have officially been eliminated from playoff contention, however coach Coletta suggests that his team needs to be ready for anything. “I think Eastern is definitely a good team, obviously not in the playoff hunt but (they’ve got) some dangerous players in Beau Walker and a handful of others. We’re going to have to be on our toes, it can’t just be a throw away game that you expect to win right away. I think we’ve got to be ready and we’ve got to make sure we’re doing our job to get those two points.”
Final shots were 33-30 in favour of SFU. SFU went ¼ on the powerplay and Lyndon Stanwood stopped 30 of 33 in the loss.
Tomorrow’s game will be played at the EWU Rec Complex in Cheney, Washington. Puck drop is 2pm. The game will be available to watch on HockeyTV.