The SFU Men’s Hockey Team capped off the 2015 calendar year with a dominant 8-2 win over Selkirk College, avenging a 5-0 Halloween loss to the reigning BCIHL champions.
“It was nice to finally put one in,” said second year forward Adam Callegari, whose two first goals of the year were key to the victory. “It was nice to get rewarded, I felt that we didn’t get many bounces beforehand, but we played well as a team and we were rewarded for it.”
Callegari opened the scoring just five minutes into the game, giving SFU the early lead. Being SFU’s annual Teddy Bear Toss Night, the first goal invited a flurry of teddy bears, and in a twist, new socks and underwear were thrown on the ice as well.
Selkirk tied it up with 6:11 left in the first period, from a hard point shot by freshman forward Troy Maclise. Then with only 42.5 seconds left in the first, on the power play, Selkirk took advantage of the man advantage and went up 2-1.
In the first, goaltender Jordan Liem saved 14 of 16 shots and made a number of key saves. He would finish with 34 saves on 36 shots (.944), and didn’t allow any goals in the second and third period.
With only nine seconds left, however, Callegari beat the buzzer and tied the game for the Clan, giving the team a chance to start fresh in the second — an opportunity they took.
“The first period was not easy, that’s for sure, but then the second period we played really well, and the third period we played awesome,” said head coach Mark Coletta. “They found some fighting spirit in them, and we overcame some adversity in that first period and did well.”
Brendan Lamont gave SFU back the lead with his second of the year, and Saylor Preston scored shorthanded with his first of the year to give the Clan a commanding 4-2.
In the third, SFU scored four goals. After having a goal waved off, Darnell St Pierre made up for it scoring again just seconds later, with assists from Lamont and former Nelson Leafs teammate Robson Cramer.
“In the first period we were way less aggressive, and in the third period we took away time and space, and capitalized on our power plays. That changed the game,” explained Coletta.
With Jesse Mysiorek, Brandon Tidy, and Michael Sandor adding goals, in all, the team had seven different goal scorers and 14 different players credited with points.
“It’s awesome to see guys who don’t necessarily get powerplay time and first line minutes step up and score a goal,” said Coletta. “Our guys, [if] you give them a chance, they’ll score.”
SFU currently sits in third place in BCIHL standings with 14 points (7-4-0), one point back from Trinity Western. The game marked SFU’s fourth straight win on home ice — they haven’t lost at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre since October 17.
SFU will play next on the road in back-to-back games against the Eastern Washington Eagles on Friday, January 8 and Saturday, January 9. Both games start at 7 pm and can be streamed live on FAST Hockey.
3rd Star: SFU #30 Jordan Liem (.944 SV%)
2nd Star: SFU #92 Michael Sandor (1G, 2A)
1st Star: SFU #36 Adam Callegari (2G, 0A)