LANGLEY, BC — Kyle Bergh’s hattrick led the way to a 6-3 victory as the SFU Hockey Team handed the Trinity Western University Spartans their first loss on the season after 13 games.
“We were good from the get-go on the forecheck, and we were good on the pressure hockey. I thought we did a good job to play physical in areas where we needed to, and we got good goaltending,” says head coach Mark Coletta.
Eric Callegari opened the scoring for SFU 4:42 into the first period on the power play.
Spencer Gerth would tie it up for TWU 2:37, but Bergh would score a natural hattrick to give SFU a 4-1 lead early in the second period.
Mateo Coltellaro scored his second goal in his second game to give SFU a four goal lead with 4:10 left in the second.
Travis Verveda cut the lead down to three before the second intermission, and Jordan Bogress put up TWU’s third goal with 6:50 left in the third period.
But Takato Cox’s goal — his third point of the game — with 4:03 left, sealed the deal for SFU.
TWU outshot SFU 35-27, with Patrick Zubick making 32 saves (.914 SV%). With two points on the night, Ty Westgard brings his point streak to 10 games, and has had multiple points in the last four.
On Saturday, SFU will face Trinity Western University again, this time at home, and will look to make it back-to-back wins against the formerly undefeated team. A win on Saturday would give SFU five straight wins and good ground in the race for second place against Vancouver Island University,
“Using our team speed is always going to be an asset of ours. I think if we can ramp up the physical play, and play good defensive zone hockey, we’ll be fine because our guys are gifted enough to score goals,” says Coletta.
Puck drop is at 7 pm at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre on Saturday.