No. 21 Simon Fraser Opens with Win over Western Washington

BURNABY, BC (February 9, 2013) No. 21 Simon Fraser opened the 2013 regular season with a 20-7 win over regional PNCLL Division II opponent Western Washington. Five different Clan players posted multi-point games, led by freshman midfielder Alex Bohl (Newmarket, ON/Hill Academy) who registered a game-high 7 points with 2 goals and 5 assists.

Senior attackman Colton Dow (Coquitlam, BC/Heritage Woods Secondary) led all goal scorers with 5, also chipping in an assist for 6 points on the day, while sophomore midfielder Sam Clare (Ladner, BC/Vancouver College) 2g, 2a, senior attackman Eric Ransom (Sherwood Park, AB/Bev Facey HS) 1g, 3a, and sophomore attackman Ward Spencer (Saskatoon, SK/Evan Hardy Collegiate) 4g, each registered 4 point efforts in the win.

In all, a total of thirteen SFU players featured in the Clan's scoring, while senior goaltender Kyle Middleton (Nanaimo, BC/Woodlands Secondary) was solid in net, going the distance with 13 saves for a save percentage of .650. The game, played in front of approximately 200 fans at SFU's Terry Fox Field, marked the Clan's 18th straight opening day victory, a streak dating back to the inception of the program in 1996.

Despite only 5 players gone from last season and boasting the largest roster in program history with 38, the Clan continued to showcase their youth with 5 underclassmen (1 freshman, 4 sophomores), joining 2 juniors and 3 seniors as Fraser's starters to begin the season. A well balanced SFU offense would take control early, pacing the Clan to an early 6-0 lead after 15:00 minutes.

Fraser's returning backline of Mark Hilker (Bowmanville. ON/Clarington Central Secondary), Bayne Bosquet (Coldstream, BC/Kalamalka Secondary) and Mitch Frank (Burnaby, BC/St. Thomas More Collegiate) held the Western Washington shooters at bay, limiting the Viking chances through much of the first half. The Clan would continue to roll in the second quarter, outscoring WWU 6-2 for a commanding lead of 12-2 at the intermission.

Coming out of the break, 4 more unanswered goals would see Simon Fraser extend their lead to 16-2, while beginning to gain their bench some valuable experience. With 15 freshmen dressed for the Clan, a resilient Western Washington squad would provide SFU's youth with induction by fire as the Vikings answered back with a 3-1 run to end the third quarter and trail 17-5 down the stretch. Three Man-Up goals would seal the deal for SFU in the fourth quarter, as the Clan outscored the Vikings 3-2 over the last frame for a final score of 20-7.

Beginning a stretch of four games over seven days to start the season, Simon Fraser will be back on Terry Fox Field tomorrow afternoon to complete their first of four back-to-back sets in 2013, as they square off against cross-Divisional rival Oregon State at 1:00 pm PST. The Vikings will now have two weeks off before travelling to Monmouth, OR where they will face Conference rival Western Oregon on Saturday, February 23.


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