No. 22 Simon Fraser Upended at Oregon State

CORVALLIS, OR (February 26, 2012) Two days after once again proving that they could compete with one of the MCLA's top-ranked teams for most of the contest, No. 22 Simon Fraser followed up a promising showing with another lackluster performance in a 13-6 loss to Oregon State, dropping their record to 1-4 on the season.

Sophomore attack Calvin Craig (Coquitlam, BC/Gleneagle Secondary) continued to lead Fraser in scoring with 3 points on 2 goals and 1 assist, while junior midfielder Eric Ransom (Sherwood Park, AB/Bev Facey High School) scored twice in what was another uncharacteristically low offensive output for the Clan.

The non-Divisional PNCLL foes were deadlocked at zero for most of the first quarter, as both goalies made several big saves with the two teams trading early chances. Junior midfield Ryan Squires (West Linn, OR/West Linn HS) got Oregon State on the board first to put the Beavers up 1-0 after 15:00 minutes.

Squires continued to have the hot hand throughout the first half scoring his second of the game to give OSU a 2-0 lead and then completing the hattrick after goals by Clan midfielders Tommy Newton (Saskatoon, SK/Aden Bowman Collegiate) and Sam Clare (Ladner, BC/Vancouver College) to reclaim the Beaver lead at 3-2. Oregon State would continue to put the perennial PNCLL power on their heels, scoring once more to take a 4-2 lead into the break.

The third quarter would prove to be the most damaging for Simon Fraser, as the Clan continued to look uninspired coming out of halftime, throwing the ball away on several unforced turnovers. Mistakes began to add up as Oregon State won the frame 6-1 and took a commanding 10-3 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Looking to chip away, Craig opened the fourth quarter scoring to close the gap to 10-4 until 2:00 minutes in penalties stalled the Clan momentum and allowed the Beavers to capitalize on the man-up by reclaiming a seven-goal lead a 11-4. Despite two goals by Ransom down the stretch, the Beavers would be able to maintain their distance the rest of the way, on route to the 13-6 upset.

In spite of the disappointing effort, SFU held advantages in every statistical category, winning 74% of the face-offs and holding a 46-29 edge in groundballs. They also outshot the Beavers 47-30 with OSU freshman goaltender Nick Widmer (Canby, OR/Canby HS) holding the Clan at bay for most of the contest, making 17 saves and getting help from his posts on several other quality opportunities.

Fraser will now have five days off to find some answers before squaring-off against long time PNCLL conference rival Oregon at home on Saturday, March 3 in what is always a highly anticipated match-up. The Ducks are currently ranked No. 8 in the MCLA with an overall record of 2-2 on the season. Oregon State will also be back in action on March 3, when they face Washington State.


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