Simon Fraser Runs by Western Washington in Season Opener

With their bench now gaining some valuable experience, SFU did not take its foot off the gas pedal in the second half as the Clan continued to prepare for what will be one of the nation's toughest schedules in 2010. Fraser would score the first five goals of the third quarter, part of an 11-0 Clan run, to put the Vikings down 13-1. Refusing to give-up, Western was finally able to get back on the board; this time it was Farahani feeding Delius to beat the Clan keeper and reset the score at 13-2. SFU would tally once more to close out the quarter, as Towner completed the hatrick to make the score 14-2.

Ripley would stay in the Clan net to start the second half before giving-way to freshmen goaltender Kyle Middleton (Nanaimo, BC / Woodlands Secondary) just over half way through the third quarter. Ripley played 23:00 minutes in total for SFU, making 4 saves with no goals against.

The fourth quarter would once again belong to SFU as the Clan scored five unanswered goals to extend their lead to 18-2. With SFU called on a delay of game penalty with under a minute to play, Western would own the final goal of the game as Farahani scored his second of the day, this time on the man-up, for a final score of 18-3.

Middleton played the entire fourth quarter for the Clan, ending the day with 4 saves and 2 goals against in the first 22:00 minutes of his collegiate career. Freshmen Eli Patmont also saw his first collegiate action, playing the final 30:00 minutes in goal for Western. Facing 15 Clan shots, Patmont made 5 saves, while allowing 10 goals against.

Dealt a unique scheduling challenge caused by the 2010 Winter Olympics, the Clan will now take a twenty-six-day break from competition before re-opening their season in Colorado where they will face #11 Colorado State on March 5 and #7 Colorado on March 7. These two games will be part of a challenging month of March for the Clan where they will face six out of conference opponents in total. All six of Fraser's March opponents are currently ranked in the Top 20 (March 12 @ #1 Michigan; March 14 @ #20 Michigan State; March 20 vs. #3 Brigham Young; March 27 vs. #10 Cal Poly), including four ranked in the Top 10.

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