With six different goal scorers, and 12 players credited with points, it’s safe to say that SFU Men’s Hockey’s 6-2 victory at home against the Eastern Washington Eagles was a full team effort.
““Everyone was going hard tonight and we got a full team effort from everyone — everyone did their part,” said Brandon Tidy, who notched a goal and an assist. “We’re bearing down on chances which is always good to see, and everyone from Liem out was playing well.”
It was also a game of firsts.
Forward Adam Rossi opened the scoring a little over 10 minutes into the first period with his first BCIHL goal. Rossi, who is in his second season with the Clan after transferring from the NCAA, played at a point per game pace in nine games last season, but had not notched a goal.
Freshman Stephen Ryan also had his first BCIHL goal in his second game played, that counted for the team’s sixth and final goal. Before joining SFU, Ryan was the 2013/14 PJHL MVP with a 41 goal and 88 point performance for the Aldergrove Kodiaks.
Tidy, who is also in his first year with Clan, transferring to SFU after two years at Keyano College in Fort McMurray, AB, noted that a solid locker room has made the transition to SFU easy for the new players, “It’s been a pretty easy transition, we’ve got a lot of really good guys [. . .] and it makes the transition that much easier.”
Tidy’s goal — the third of the night for the Clan — was Tidy’s third goal in six games played, and adding the assist, he has five points.
Mathew Berry-Lamontagna, Tyler Basham, and Graham Smerek had the team’s other three goals. In addition to his second goal of the season, Smerek notched two assists, which brings his points total to six in five games played.
Special teams were a clear highlight of the night, with SFU going two for three on the power play, and only allowing one goal on 13 penalties.
“There was a focus — an attention to detail tonight — that was really good. Our system play was really good, we executed what we had to execute, I thought we held them to limited grade-A scoring opportunities, [. . .] our guys competed well,” said head coach Mark Coletta.
Goaltender Jordan Liem made 38 saves on 40 shots (.950 SV%).
Jono Ceci had an assist, which puts him at 154 points, three shy of the BCIHL all-time scoring record held by Robert Vos.
Next Saturday, SFU head to the Langley Event Centre to take on the Trinity Western Spartans. Last season, SFU went 4-3 against the Spartans in the BCIHL regular season, and swept Trinity Western in the first round of the playoffs, however, Trinity Western won the two preseason matchups this year. Puck drop is at 7 pm and can be streamed live on FAST Hockey.
The Clan return to the Bill Copeland Saturday, November 28 against Trinity Western. SFU students get in free with student ID. Puck drop will also be at 7 pm.