VANCOUVER, BC — After 40 minutes, the SFU Men’s Hockey team had it tied up at three against the UBC Thunderbirds, having come back from an initial 2-0 deficit.
However, the third period saw UBC score five consecutive goals for a final score of 8-3.
“I think we played good for 40 minutes,” said head coach Mark Coletta. “But that effort level in the third period, we don’t accept [it].”
UBC opened the scoring shorthanded 7:39 in. Former Everett Silvertips forward Manraj Hayer gave the Thunderbirds a two-goal lead minutes later, which they would head into intermission with.
Before two minutes had passed in the second, fourth-year forward Tyler Basham put SFU on the board, with Daniell Lange picking up the assist.
SFU was able to frustrate UBC with their play, and drew a number of penalties, including two separate 5-on-3s.
Basham tied the game with his second of the night on the power play with 5:55 left in the period. Freshman forward Ian Mackey collected the assist.
UBC’s Carter Popoff, a former Vancouver Giant, gave UBC back the lead, but defenceman Piattelli tied it right back up with 43.9 seconds left in the period ensuring that SFU went into the intermission tied. Lange picked up a second assist.
Three UBC goals early in the third, starting with Hayer’s second of the night, all within 3:27 of each other, essentially sealed SFU’s fate.
UBC outshot SFU 41-22. Goaltender Lyndon Stanwood was in net for SFU.
SFU looks to regroup and put up a win against their BCIHL rivals, Trinity Western, at the Surrey Sports & Leisure Centre.
“We’ve got to be level-headed, we’ve got to be prepared,” Coletta explained. “I think our guys understood what happened today.”
Puck drop is at 7 pm.