SFU kicks off its home schedule on October 13th with a much anticipated showdown against the reigning BCIHL champs Trinity Western.
After winning their first BCIHL title in March, TWU opened their regular season with two wins at home against VIU. The Spartans don’t appear to have any championship hangover, as Evan Last, Dustin Deugau, and former Humboldt Bronco Jarrett Fontaine each put up 4 points in 2 games on opening weekend.
SFU appears to have found its stride as well, after a shaky start on the road against Selkirk College culminated in a 5-4 overtime win.
It took some time to get going in Castlegar as defensive breakdowns cost SFU a lopsided 7-1 loss on opening night. Game 2 didn’t start any better, with SFU down 4-1 in the second period.
The offense started to find its stride just in time however, when 4 straight goals from Nic Holowko, Graham Smerek, Jaret Babych, and Eric Callegari in overtime, gave SFU a stunning overtime win against the home team. Over two games SFU flooded the Selkirk goal with 89 shots, but didn’t appear to have all parts of their game in order until the 2nd and 3rd periods of game 2.
SFU and TWU met once during the pre-season, with SFU taking a 4-3 overtime win in Langley. Both rosters will have a different look, but if the exhibition game is any indication, Saturday’s showdown will be fast-paced and hard-hitting.
SFU, who were late season favorites to win their fourth BCIHL title last season, never got their shot against the Spartans, and now have something to prove when it comes to who belongs among the best in the BCIHL.
Tickets are $12/adult and $8/children/seniors and are on sale now at www.sfuhockey.com/tickets, or at the door.