#1 Brigham Young Edges #18 Simon Fraser

In what was quickly becoming a back-and-forth contest, Spencer would score consecutively on passes from Craig, then Dow to put SFU back up on top at 4-3, until BYU's Ted Ferrin (Holladay, UT/Olympus HS) finished a short-handed fast break to knot the two teams at 4-4 after an action packed opening 15:00 minutes.

In the second quarter, Ted Ferrin would score his second of the game, followed by Harding on the man-up to put the Cougars up by two at 6-4. Clare would then close the gap to one at 6-5, before Corey Gunderson (Sandy, UT/Jordan HS) re-gave BYU a two-goal lead for a halftime advantage of 7-5.

The intensity would carry over out of the break, as Clare assisted on Dow's second of the game, followed by a solo effort from Craig to tie the game back up at 7-7. Matheson would re-claim the Cougar lead at 8-7, until sophomore midfielder Brendan Farrell (Milton, ON/St. Michael's College School) broke free on the drive and put a bounce shot past the BYU keeper to bring the teams back to even at 8-8.

Matheson once again kick-started the BYU offence at 9-8, followed by Andrew Bertha (Encinitas, CA/La Costa Canyon HS) capitalizing on an unsettled play and re-extending the Cougar lead to two as the Clan were forced to play shorthanded due to a broken stick. Matheson would cap a 4-1 BYU run to end the third quarter, completing the natural hatrick and scoring his fourth of the game to put the Cougars ahead 11-8 heading into the final frame.

With less than 15:00 minutes to play, Jared Houghton ripped an outside shot to give BYU their largest lead of the game at 12-8. Refusing to go away, sophomore midfielder Tommy Newton (Saskatoon, SK/Aden Bowman Collegiate) got inside on the Cougar defense to make it 12-9 and narrow the SFU deficit to three with just over 8:00 minutes left on the clock.

Continuing to trade chances, Wallace and Grayson Dahl (McLean, VA/McLean HS) converted two more for BYU in transition, before Cougar penalties with under 4:00 minutes remaining put the game back to within reach by giving the Clan a man advantage. Craig scored once more for Fraser on the man-up but the Clan would be unable to get any closer as the BYU would run out the clock the rest of the way to earn the 14-10 win.

Both goalies had strong games with Wes Goar (Lakewood, CO/Heritage HS) making several big saves in the second half to preserve the BYU lead. SFU keeper Darren Zwack (Sherwood Park, AB/Archbishop Jordan HS) also kept the game close at critical points throughout the contest, making 15 saves over four quarters.

Simon Fraser will regroup overnight and look to get back in the winning column as they take on the host Boise State Broncos tomorrow afternoon in a non-Divisional PNCLL match-up back inside Bronco Stadium.

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2012-02-12



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