The Trinity Western Spartans make their way back to Bill Copeland Arena for a rematch with the hometown Simon Fraser University Clan only a week after SFU cruised to 3-0 victory over the Langley squad. The rematch is the second game of SFU’s current three game home stand, which closes out the BCIHL season. SFU will look to string consecutive victories together in order to have momentum heading into the playoffs.
The last time these two teams met SFU put forth one of its most dominant efforts all season in order to stifle the Spartan’s highflying offense. Head Coach Mark Coletta will expect much of the same in this return matchup as TWU promises to bring their A game following the loss.
SFU has found success all season navigating the neutral zone and entering the offensive zone with speed, a tactic that was on full display last Saturday. The Burnaby side developed multiple odd man rushes, via their team speed, that put heavy pressure on TWU netminder Silas Matthys. The Clan, with the likes of Tyler Basham and Josh McKissock, also hounded the Spartan defensemen all night long, which stifled TWU’s offense because the visitors couldn’t utilize their quick transition game. Speed and a consistent forecheck will be keys for SFU heading into Saturday’s game.
Andrew Parent, fresh off a BCIHL Player of the Week win, looked stellar in net against TWU last game. Whichever SFU goaltender, either Parent or Jordan Liem, gets the start Saturday will have to be sharp in order to stop TWU’s top ranked offense.
With Selkirk’s win last night, the Saints opened up a five point lead for second place. SFU only has two games left on the docket, so the Clan can now only hope for a 3rd place finish, for which they will need some help from other BCIHL teams. But first, SFU will have to take care of business in their home rink against the top ranked Spartans before the Clan can resort to scoreboard watching.