No. 19 Simon Fraser Moves to Top of PNCLL North

BURNABY, BC (April 15, 2013) No. 19 Simon Fraser climbed to the top of the PNCLL North and moved to 10-5 (.667) on the season, with back-to-back wins over divisional rivals Washington State (28-9) on April 12 and Idaho (15-6) on April 13, during a two-game swing through the Palouse.

Twenty-one different players registered points on the trip to propel the Clan into double digits in the win column, marking the twelfth time in eighteen years that SFU has crossed the 10-win plateau in a season. The consecutive wins held added historical significance as number 200 and 201 since the inception of the program in 1996, currently sitting the Clan at 201-63 (.761) all-time.

Simon Fraser opened the weekend with a commanding 28-9 win over Washington State. Sophomore midfielder Sam Clare (Ladner, BC/Vancouver College) 4g, 2a, led all scorers with 6 points, followed by senior attackmen Colton Dow (Coquitlam, BC/Heritage Woods Secondary) 4g, 1a, and Eric Ransom (Sherwood Park, AB/Bev Facey HS) 2g, 3a, who each had 5 points on the night.

Five other players had multi-point efforts for the Clan, including freshman midfielder Alex Bohl (Newmarket, ON/The Hill Academy) 2g, 2a, sophomore attack Ward Spencer (Saskatoon, SK/Evan Hardy Collegiate) 3g, 1a, and freshman midfielder Jordan Lashar (Burnaby, BC/Burnaby South Secondary) 2g, 1a.

SFU continued to roll offensively the following day versus Idaho and bettered their play in the defensive end, scoring 15 goals, while allowing an improved 6 goals against. Ransom turned in his second straight 5 point effort with 3 goals and 2 assists, continuing a hot streak of 36 points in 8 games (4.5 PPG) since March 10 and 26 points over his last 5 starts (5.2 PPG).

Junior attackman Frank Davalos (Moose Jaw, SK/Albert E. Peacock Collegiate), also capped-off a strong weekend with consecutive multi-point games (1g, 1a/2g, 1a), bringing his season total up over a point-per-game (1.2 PPG) with 9 goals and 3 assists in 10 games on the year, since missing most of February and early March with an injury. In addition to Ransom and Davalos, Dow 1g, 2a, Clare 2g, and Bohl - 2a once again paced the Clan scoring, while freshman midfielder Chris Pond (Penticton, BC/Princess Margaret) recorded the first multi-point game of his collegiate career with 2 goals.

Fraser will look to clinch their sixth straight regular season divisional title in their final game versus Montana next Saturday, April 20, as they take on the Griz at home on Terry Fox Field. Also the final home game for the Clan, SFU will celebrate their 2013 Senior Class, prior to the opening face-off.


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