No. 22 Simon Fraser Doubles up No. 25 Chico State

CHICO, CA (February 16, 2013) No. 22 Simon Fraser concluded a stretch of four games in seven days, including the last two on the road, by doubling up on No. 25 Chico State by a final score of 8-4. The win followed-up a one-goal loss (9-8) to No. 7 Oregon on Wednesday, over a two-game trip that saw the Clan log over 1300 kilometers through Eugene, OR to Northern California, during a 4 day swing down the I-5.

Sam Clare (Ladner, BC/Vancouver College) 2g, 1a, and Colton Dow (Coquitlam, BC/Heritage Woods Secondary) 1g, 2a, led the Clan with 3 points each, while attackmen Lyndon Knuttila (Maple Ridge, BC/Thomas Hayney Secondary) and Eric Ransom (Sherwood Park, AB/Bev Facey HS) each contributed 2 goals.

Junior goaltender Darren Zwack (Sherwood Park, AB/Archbishop Jordan HS) also featured prominently in the win, backstopping the Clan with 9 saves for a save percentage of .692. The four goals against ties a program low for SFU versus a ranked opponent, matching the equal marker set when the Clan defeated then No. 18 Illinois by the same score of 8-4 last season.

Chico sophomore midfielder Curtis Bowden opened the scoring on the man-up giving the Wildcats their only lead of the contest at 1-0. Dow then tied the score, on a feed from Sam Clare, to end a low scoring first quarter and knot the out of conference opponents at 1-1.

Dow would continue to spark the Clan offense in the second frame, feeding fellow attackman Eric Ransom to put SFU ahead 2-1. Chico freshman attack Cooper Wilce brought the Wildcats back to even at 2-2, followed by Dow assisting sophomore midfielder Travis Hayes (Dublin, CA/Dublin HS) to give Fraser a 3-2 lead at the break.

Chico would again open the scoring in the second half with Blake Brousseau converting a pass from Wilce to tie the game back at 3-3. The Clan and Wildcats would continue to trade goals for the remainder of the quarter with Hayes finding Knuttila cross-field to make the score 4-3, followed by Wilce scoring his second of the night to re-tie the game at 4-4. A Fraser man-up would lead to Clare finishing an outside shot on a pass from freshman Andrew Branting (Duncan, BC/Cowichan Secondary) to wrap-up the third quarter scoring and reclaim a 1-goal lead for the Clan heading into the fourth quarter.

The final 15:00 minutes would be all SFU, as the Clan used a 3-0 run to increase their lead to four. Freshman midfielder Alex Bohl (Newmarket, ON/The Hill Academy) recorded consecutive assists on goals by Ransom and Clare, followed by Knuttila also scoring his second of the game to seal an 8-4 Fraser win.

Heading home immediately following the game, Simon Fraser will now have six days off before hosting Boise State University on Saturday, February 23 at 7:00 pm on Terry Fox Field. Chico State will be back in action this Sunday, February 17 as they host another PNCLL opponent when they face-off versus Portland State.


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