SFU Men’s Hockey return home to the Bill Copeland Sports Centre Saturday and look to bring their season record to 2-0, facing the Eastern Washington University Eagles.
Last Saturday, the Clan had opened their regular season on the road with a tight 5-4 win against Trinity Western University, who last year had led the BCIHL in the regular season and had gone undefeated in the preseason.
The game showed off SFU’s strong recruiting class, with three of the five goals scored by the Clan coming from newcomers to the team. Jaret Babych, an NCAA transfer, scored two goals and notched an assist, turning the tide of the game. Prior to joining the team, Babych, the son of former Canucks defenceman Dave Babych, had nine goals and 14 points in 21 games for the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, and was a key member of the Chilliwack Chiefs of the BCHL, where he scored 30 goals and 52 points in 151 games with the team.
Also getting on the scoresheet in his first game in an SFU jersey, was freshman defenceman Darnel St Pierre, who had 13 goals and 44 points as a defenceman for the Nelson Leafs of the KIJHL last season. St Pierre is a solid addition to a defensive core that can score, which includes second year offensive defenceman Mathew Berry-Lamontagna, who had six goals and 14 points in his rookie season, and had played 51 games with the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL before suiting up for the Clan.
Second year goaltender Jordan Liem, who will split the season with NCAA transfer Lyndon Stanwood, made 50 saves on 54 shots (.925 SV%). Liem finished last season with a 2.72 GAA and a .901 SVS%.
Facing the Clan this Saturday will be the EWU Eagles, from Cheney, WA.
Though last year the Eagles were last place in the BCIHL with a 7-16-1 record, they bring back 2014/15 BCIHL leading scorer Beau Walker who tallied 18 goals and 49 points in 21 games. In two games this season, Walker has produced at more than a point per game pace with two goals and five points.
The Eagles have added a strong recruiting class with a focus on players from the KIJHL, which includes former Spokane Braves defenceman Hayden Boring, who put up 19 points in 50 games last season, and forward Colton St John, who had 16 goals and 33 points in 41 games played split between the Princeton Posse of the KIJHL and the Comox Valley Glacier Kings of the VIJHL.
Last season, SFU won the season series against the Eagles 3-2, however, Eastern Washington won the last matchup against the Clan 5-2 on February 7.
Founded in 2005, SFU Hockey is celebrating its tenth anniversary throughout this season with a variety of special events including hosting the BCIHL Showcase in January.
Puck drop is at 7 pm. SFU students get in free with student ID.