With the Christmas break now in the rearview mirror for the Simon University Clan, the attention of Mark Coletta and the players is fixed upon the second half of the BCIHL season. The Burnaby squad, specifically, will look to build off of the momentum from two straight victories entering the break and will look to wrestle home ice advantage away from the BCIHL leading Trinity Western Spartans.
SFU sits second in the league entering the Spring semester as the team is only 4 points behind the Spartans. The Langley squad, however, has a game in hand. This position places even more importance on the second half schedule because the two rivals will face each other for four games over the next two months. If SFU is to make any ground up against TWU, these important contests will be the prime place to do so.
SFU will also see a lot of the University of Victoria Vikes throughout the rest of the season. Since playoff position in the latter half of this year is of such importance, the games against the Vikes may be on the same level of significance as those against TWU. Victoria sits only one point behind SFU in the standings, which means the three games against the Island squad will play an integral role in deciding if SFU will play the first round of the playoffs at home or not.
Sadly, Selkirk and SFU only play once over the next two months, with the contest taking place in Castlegar and not Burnaby. All the players and fans will definitely be looking forward to this key matchup.
As for the players, keep an eye out for rookie Adam Callegari in the coming months. The first year winger recently was elevated to the top line alongside Jono Ceci and Nick Sandor and the three developed a quick chemistry. Callegari is a smart player and always seems to find the soft spots in the opponent’s defensive coverage, which makes him a lethal counterpart to the sharp shooting Sandor and magician with the puck Ceci.
The 2014/15 BCIHL season is turning out to be dominated by the home team. This trend places utmost importance on the upcoming games for SFU because home ice advantage throughout the playoffs is at stake. Home ice throughout the first round will especially go a long way in determining if SFU is to reach the Championship series after missing out last year.
Ceci and Sandor have found their running mate and the schedule is set up for SFU to take advantage and to move up the standings. Expect a photo finish to an already wild BCIHL season.