BURNABY, BC — After scoring three goals in the first four minutes, the SFU Men’s Hockey Team kept up the pace to win 5-2 against the University of Victoria Vikes.
“We started off really well. I mean we knew we gave away points last night and it was a tough one last night, I think we came out like we were supposed to,” said head coach Mark Coletta. “We’ve got four real good lines, I think they can all play. I think we’ve just got to find that fire for 60 minutes. If all four of our lines are going, and we’re moving, we’re going to be good.”
After the initial scoring burst, SFU had to endure penalty troubles, getting doled out 38 penalty minutes and going down five-on-three four times.
“Our penalty kill was good, a lot of work on the five-on-three,” said Coletta.
Brandon Tidy, Spencer Unger, and Mathew Berry-Lamontagna scored three goals on the first three shots to open the game with an early 3-0 lead.
UVic was able to regroup after the initial shelling, and were able to take advantage of their power play opportunities, getting on the board for the first time midway through the second.
Mak Barden was able to finish Tyler Basham’s breakaway attempt to put SFU up 4-1.
UVic answered back with a power play goal 2:31 into the third period, and applied pressure throughout the frame.
Brendan Lamont ended UVic comeback hopes with a power play marker of his own, his sixth goal of the season — tying his career-high goals total.
Lyndon Stanwood had to stand tall in net, ensuring that only two goals were scored on 13 power play attempts by UVic. He made 19 saves on 21 shots (.905 SV%).
UVic had the shot advantage at 21-17.
Ten Clan players made it on the scoresheet — Tidy, Unger, Berry-Lamontagna, Barden, Basham, Lamont, Jayden Piattelli, Austin Adam, Ian Mackey, and Jaret Babych.
Basham, Barden, Tidy, and Piattelli had multi-point nights.
SFU hits the road next weekend to take on Eastern Washington and Selkirk College Friday and Saturday. The games will also be streamed live on HockeyTV. Puck drop is at 7:30 pm on Friday and 7 pm Saturday.
1st Star: SFU #53 Brandon Tidy (1G, 1A)
2nd Star: SFU #64 Jayden Piattelli (0G, 2A)
3rd Star: UVic #21 Landen Matechuk (1G, 0A)
AROUND THE BCIHL: Colton St John gave the Eastern Washington Eagles the 1-0 lead on a shorthanded goal, but Selkirk College answered back with six consecutive goals to win 6-1 at home.