No. 23 Simon Fraser Ropes the 17th-Ranked Longhorns

LAKE OSWEGO, OR (April 8, 2012) Looking to improve to 5-1 over their last six games, No. 23 Simon Fraser posted their fourth out of conference victory of 2012 with a 13-7 win over No. 17 Texas.

The Clan were powered by four goal efforts from attackmen Colton Dow (Coquitlam, BC/Heritage Woods) 4g, 1a and Iain Vickars (Burnaby, BC/Burnaby South Secondary), while fellow attack Calvin Craig (Coquitlam, BC/Gleneagle Secondary) chipped in with 2 goals, 2 assists and midfielder Frank Davalos (Moose Jaw, SK/Albert E. Peacock Collegiate) contributed 3 assists in what was the Clan's highest offensive output versus a ranked opponent this year.

Sophomore goaltender Darren Zwack (Sherwood Park, AB/Archbishop Jordan HS) made his tenth start of the season, backstopping the Clan with 22 saves and a .757 save percentage for the win.

Dow opened the scoring early in the contest before a series of Clan turnovers resulted in a 2-goal Texas run, as junior Trevor Howard (Phoenix, AZ/Brophy Prep) and fellow midfielder Josh Francis (Dallas, TX/Highland Park HS) gave the Longhorns their only lead of afternoon at 2-1.

A Fraser timeout, sparked three consecutive SFU goals with Dow scoring his second of the game to make it 2-2, followed by Eric Ransom (Sherwood Park, AB/Bev Facey HS) and fellow midfielder Sam Clare (Ladner, BC/Vancouver College) to reclaim the Clan lead a 4-2.

The Longhorns would score once more to close out the period with Nick Compogiannis (San Diego, CA/La Costa Canyon HS) bringing Texas back to within one at 4-3 heading into the second quarter.

Texas attackman Cody Crews (Highland Park, TX/Highland Park HS) would tie the game shorthanded to reset the score to 4-4 to start the second frame, before another opportune Clan timeout saw SFU answer back on a man down of their own as Craig registered his first goal of the game to put Fraser back out in front at 5-4. Freshman Iain Vickars scored the final goal of the half to give the Clan a 6-4 lead after 30:00 minutes.

Vickars would continue to have the hot hand out of the break as the first-year attackman scored three of the Clan's next four goals that would be part of an 8-1 SFU run over the middle two frames to give Fraser a commanding 12-5 lead down the stretch. Up by 7 to start the fourth quarter, the Clan would surrender the first two goals of the final period, until Dow completed the scoring midway through the frame to solidify the 13-7 win.

Simon Fraser will now prepare for two important divisional games remaining on their schedule as they host Washington at Terry Fox Field on Saturday, April 14 before travelling to Missoula to play Montana on Friday, April 27 inside Washington-Grizzly Stadium. Texas has three games remaining with Texas Christian on April 12, followed by divisional match-ups versus Rice (April 13) and Texas A&M (April 15).

2012-04-10



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