No. 4 Colorado Uses Early 8-0 Run, Downs No. 23 Simon Fraser

BOULDER, CO (March 11, 2013) Despite early leads of 1-0 and 2-1, No. 23 Simon Fraser would be unable to overcome an 8-0 run over the first and second quarters, as they matched No. 4 Colorado 9-9 the rest of the way but ultimately fell by a final score of 18-11.

Buffs senior goaltender Brad Macnee (Ridgewood, NJ/Ridegewood HS) 18 saves, .621 save %, maintained the CU lead by holding SFU shooters at bay through much of the contest, as the Clan outshot Colorado 51-37, including 28-13 in the second half.

Fraser was led by sophomore midfielder Sam Clare (Ladner, BC/Vancouver) who registered a game-high 4 goals and 5 points. Senior attackman Colton Dow (Coquitlam, BC/Heritage Woods) also had a strong game on the scoresheet with 4 points (3g, 1a), including 2 goals and an assist during a 6-5 run to end the match-up.

Dow opened the scoring after several quality SFU possessions to open the first quarter. CU junior midfielder Jack Cranston (Santa Margartia, CA/Santa Margarita Catholic) tied the score at 1-1 on a blistering shot down the right alley. Clare then reclaimed the Clan lead at 2-1, before Colorado scored a string of 3 goals to end the period and hold a 4-2 advantage after 15:00 minutes.

The Buffs continued to assert the momentum in the second frame, with Cranston scoring his third of the game off of another blast from the outside, to kick-off five more unanswered goals for CU. The first half assault concluded an 8-0 run for the Buffs to put the home team ahead 9-2. Colorado would then be assessed the first of three 2:00 minute non-releasable penalties on the day.

The Clan would waste little time capitalizing on the CU physicality, as Clare completed his hattrick on the man-up, firing home passes from Eric Ransom (Sherwood Park, AB/Bev Facey HS) and Andrew Branting (Duncan, BC/Cowichan Secondary), to get Fraser back in the game at 9-4. The five-goal gap would be short lived for SFU, as Colorado scored back-to-back to end the half and take an 11-4 lead into the intermission.

The Clan would strike first out of the break as Branting converted a feed from Jordan Lashar (Burnaby, BC/Burnaby South Secondary) to reset the score to 11-5. CU would counter with two goals of their own to give the Buffs their largest lead of the game at 13-5.

Simon Fraser would continue to punch back, scoring three goals in a row by Dow, Ransom and sophomore Casey Foster (Edmonton, AB/St. Francis Xavier HS), as part of a 4-1 run to narrow the deficit back to five at 14-9. Colorado would score once more before the end of the third but a 5-4 quarter for SFU would once again raise the level on intensity down the stretch.

Play would remain back-and-forth to start the fourth quarter. Colorado would stay on the offensive at 16-9 but the Clan would refuse to roll over as Clare assisted Ward Spencer (Saskatoon, SK/Evan Hardy Collegiate), followed by Dow with his third, to once again make it a 5-goal game at 16-11.

With several game changing saves already to his credit, Buffs goaltender Brad Macnee would shut the door the rest of the way, as CU gave themselves some insurance with two goals over the final minutes to solidify the win by a final score of 18-11.

The loss moves Simon Fraser to 4-4 on the season, with all four losses coming at the hand of opponents currently ranked in the MCLA's Top 25 in No. 21 Arizona (14-2), No. 8 Oregon (9-8), No. 1 Colorado State (16-7) and now No. 4 Colorado. The No. 23 ranked Clan will look to knock-off their first ranked opponent this Tuesday (March 12) as they wrap up their out of conference trip to Colorado with a neutral site game versus Virginia Tech (1:00 pm MST @ Colorado).

Colorado will continue to test their mid-season form, as the Buffs head to California to take on No. 18 Cal Poly on March 14 and No. 6 UC Santa Barbara on March 15.

2013-03-12



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