No. 10 Simon Fraser Falls to No. 23 Utah in OT

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (February 25, 2011) After going up 3-1 to start the contest, Utah clawed their way back from 7-5 and 10-8 deficits in the second half before capitalizing on the man-up to defeat Simon Fraser 12-11 in overtime. The out of conference match-up was played in front of approximately 250 fans inside Spence Eccles Filed House on the University of Utah campus.

Sophomore attacks Colton Dow (Coquitlam, BC/Heritage Woods Secondary) - 3g and Stu Mills (Campbell River, BC/Timberline Secondary) - 1g, 2a continued to lead Fraser offensively in a game that saw eight different goals scorers for the young Clan. Midfield Eric Ransom (Sherwood Park, AB/Bev Facey High School) also featured prominently in the SFU offense with 2 goals in a losing effort.

Playing their fifth game of the 2011 season and third versus a ranked opponent, Utah took advantage of a slow start by the Clan to race out to an early 2-0 lead on goals by Quinn Kane (Atlanta, GA/St. Pius X) and Tyler Kunz (Draper , UT/Juan Diego).

A Utes penalty would lead to Simon Fraser's first goal of the game as Ransom scored just after the penalty had expired, off a feed from freshmen Cory Koesdibyo (Nanaimo, BC/Dover Bay, Secondary), to reset the score at 2-1. Utah would then take capitalize on a man-up of their own as Kyle Brennan (Salt Lake City/Judge Memorial) converted a pass from Mark Manning (Orem, UT/The Waterford School) to put the Utes up 3-1 at the end of the first quarter.

A much calmer Clan would come out firing out of the break with consecutive goals by freshman Calvin Craig (Coquitlam, BC/Gleneagle Secondary) and sophomore Rick Bezuidenhout (Campbell River, BC/Timberline Secondary) tying the score a 3-3 to start the second quarter. Utah midfielder Mack Schwoebel (Crozet, VA/Western Albemarie) would score his first of a game-high 5 goals to put the Utes back up by one before Dow buried his first of a team-high 3 goals to draw the two teams back to even (4-4) heading into the half.

With 14 seconds left in a Utah penalty to start the second half, Clan face-off specialist Ben Johnson (Calgary, AB/Berkshire Preparatory) would spring freshmen LSM Riley Wanzer (Mukilteo, WA/Kamiak High School) on a fast break off the draw. Wanzer would keep the ball himself, firing a shot high past Utah goaltender Alex Watanawekin (Centerville, UT/Viewmont) to score the first goal of his collegiate career, while giving SFU their first lead of the contest. Utes attackman Zac Harris would make the score 5-5 before Mills and Johnson scored back-to-back for SFU to give Fraser a two-goal lead at 7-5.

Refusing to let the Clan pull away, Utah would quickly shift the momentum back in their favor as a three-goal run (Schwoebel, Merrell, Schwoebel) would put the Utes back up by one. With only 14 seconds left in the third quarter, freshman face-off specialist Max Weselowski (Maple Ridge Secondary/Meadowridge School) would win the draw to himself and dodging several Utes defenders on his way to the net before beating Watanawekin on the door step to knot the game back at 8-8 after three quarters.

SFU would take their second two-goal lead of the half as Dow scored at even strength and then again on the man-up to open the fourth quarter scoring and give the Clan a 10-8 advantage. Once again, the battle-tested Utes rejected any notion of falling behind and went on another three-goal run (Pilot, Schwoebel, Schwoebel) to take another one-goal lead their own with time ticking down. With less than three minutes now remaining, Ransom would score his second of the game to tie the score at 11-11 and set the stage for a dramatic finish.

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