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

Looking to finish the game in regulation, Utah would possess the ball for the remainder of regulation with the Clan stuffing several U scoring attempts, including a spectacular save by sophomore goaltender Kyle Middleton (Nanaimo, BC/Woodlands Secondary) with only seconds remaining, to send the back-and-forth affair into overtime.

Despite controlling the majority of the games face-offs (68%), Fraser would lose the only draw in extra minutes leading to a Utes possession that drew a Clan tripping penalty off of a Utah drive. With two man-up goals already on the day, the Utes would make no mistake in sudden-victory with Manning finding Danny Polityka (Salt Lake City, UT/Olympus) open on the crease for the win.

Both goalies, Middleton for SFU and Watanawekin for Utah, played outstanding on the day and made several big saves during key possessions to keep the game close for their respective sides.

Fraser will have quick turn-around, traveling south to Provo, Utah to play the No. 4 Brigham Young Cougars on Saturday, February 26 for their second of back-to-back out of conference match-ups to start the season. Utah will now have eight days off before hosting the No. 8 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs on Sunday, March 6.

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