No. 20 Simon Fraser Outruns Huskies to Win Fourth Straight

BURNABY, BC No. 20 Simon Fraser extended its winning streak to four games and posted their sixth win over their last seven contests as they downed Washington 23-17 in their final home game on Saturday, April 14 and moved to 2-0 atop the PNCLL North Division.

The Clan would overcome 23:00 minutes in penalties, including 16:30 in the second half, to lead the Huskies by as many as nine in the fourth quarter, despite giving up 9 goals to the UW extra man unit.

Fraser was led by Calvin Craig (Coquitlam, BC/Gleneagle Secondary) 6g, 3a, Iain Vickars (Burnaby, BC/Burnaby South Secondary) 6g, 2a and Sam Clare (Ladner, BC/Vancouver College) 6g, who each recorded impressive six goal outings in the win, while junior attack Colton Dow (Coquitlam, BC/Heritage Woods Secondary) registered 6 points with a goal and a game-high 5 assists.

Dow got in on the scoring early as he contributed to four of the Clan's six, first quarter goals. He assisted the opening marker by freshman attack Iain Vickars, followed by a solo effort from Sam Clare and then fed freshman midfielder Travis Hayes (Dublin, CA/Dublin HS) to put Simon Fraser up 3-0 to start the contest.

Washington freshman midfielder Brody Lundquist (Maple Valley, WA/Tahoma HS) would get the Huskies on the board at 3-1, before Dow scored himself, off a pass from Vickars, and then found sophomore midfielder Tommy Newton (Saskatoon, SK/Aden Bowman Collegiate) open in the hole to give the Clan a four-goal lead at 5-1.

Lundquist would once again provide the only answer for UW, as Washington closed the gap to 5-2, before Clare scored his second of the contest to put an exclamation mark on a strong opening quarter for the Clan and give SFU a 6-2 lead after 15:00 minutes.

Fraser would continue to dominate the scoring in the second frame, going on a three-goal run started off by a goal from junior midfielder Eric Ransom (Sherwood Park, AB/Bev Facey HS), before Craig and Vickars each capitalized on the man-up, the result of a 3:00 minute non-releasable stick infraction, to extend the Clan lead to seven at 9-2.

Washington would begin to take back some of the momentum, going on a three-goal run of their own on goals by Joe Cramer (Lake Oswego, OR/Lake Oswego HS), Eliot Adams (Portland, OR/Jesuit HS) and Riley Goodman (Issaquah, WA/Issaquah HS) to reset the deficit to four at 9-5, before a 5-1 SFU run to end the first half gave Simon Fraser a commanding 14-6 lead at the intermission.

The divisional rivals would trade goals to start the second half, as Washington's Goodman assisted junior attackman Josh Redhair (Danville, CA/San Ramon Valley HS) on the man-up, followed by SFU's Vickars with an assist by Frank Davalos (Moose Jaw, SK/Albert E. Peacock Collegiate) at even strength to move the score to 15-7.

Junior midfielder Chris Brown would counter back for the Huskies at 15-8, only to be answered by Clare on a pass from Craig to reset the score to 16-8 after some back-and-forth action. Penalties would begin to pile up, as Washington scored back-to-back goals with the man-advantage to narrow the score to 16-10, followed by a Clan goal on the man-up to push the score to 17-10.

The two sides would continue to trade goals the rest of the third quarter, with each team scoring twice more to reset the score to 18-12 and give Fraser a six goal lead heading into the final frame.

SFU would continue their run into the fourth quarter, scoring consecutively on goals by Ward Spencer (Saskatoon, SK/Evan Hardy Collegiate) and Sam Clare to extend their lead to eight and open the door for junior goaltender Kyle Middleton (Nanaimo, BC/Woodlands Secondary) to take over the Clan net and relieve starter Darren Zwack (Sherwood Park, AB/Archbishop Jordan High School) after a 14-save performance with just under 9:00 minutes left to play.

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