No. 12 Simon Fraser Runs Past Montana

BURNABY, BC (April 22, 2010) No. 12 Simon Fraser extended its winning streak to four on Friday, April 16 with a 27-4 victory over Montana in the Clan's third PNCLL Conference game of the year. Eleven different players scored goals for SFU in the contest with thirteen Clan players registering points. Fraser's 27 goals for and only 4 goals against were both season bests for the Clan who, for the third consecutive year, clinched the No. 1 seed in the PNCLL with the win.

Senior Ben Towner (Port Coquitlam, BC/Terry Fox Secondary) led the way for SFU with 3 goals and 5 assists, while Russel Thomas (Nanoose Bay, BC/Ballenas Secondary) and Chris Tessarolo (New Westminster, BC/New Westminster Secondary) each added 6 points on 4 goals and 2 assists a piece. Sophomore Rick Bezuidenhout (Campbell River, BC/Timberline Secondary) with 5 goals and freshmen Colton Dow (Coquitlam, BC/Heritage Woods Secondary) with 4 goals and 1 assist each recorded career highs.

The Clan dominated the statistics, registering a season high 63 shots and 53 ground balls. Sophomore face-off specialist Ryan Hodge (San Antonio, TX/Texas Military Institute) won 24 of the game's 34 face-offs (71%) while also registering, a game-high and personal best, 14 ground balls.

Montana freshman Henry Burchnal (Cincinnati, OH/Cincinnati Country Day) opened the game's scoring, but four consecutive Clan goals through the first quarter put the visitors in front, 4-1. Fraser would pick up the pace in the second quarter outscoring the Griz 10-1 to gain control of the contest and own a convincing 14-2 advantage at the intermission.

Comfortably ahead, Simon Fraser continued their dominating play in the second half outscoring Montana 7-2 in the third quarter and 6-0 in the fourth to cruise to the 27-4 win.

Burchnal led the Griz with 3 goals, while junior goaltender Ty Hall (Cincinnati, OH/Cincinnati Country Day) made several impressive saves despite facing an onslaught on Clan shots throughout the matchup.

Senior Mike Ripley (Saskatoon, SK/E.D. Feehan High School) played the first half in net for the Clan making 4 saves with 2 goals against while freshman Kyle Middleton (Nanaimo, BC/Woodlands Secondary) celebrated his 19th birthday by playing a career high 30:00 minutes and registering 4 saves with 2 goals against in the second half.


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