No. 12 Simon Fraser Rolls to Big Win Over Idaho

No. 12 Simon Fraser moved to 5-1 overall and 4-0 in divisional play to stay at the top of the PNCLL Division I standings with a 14-2 win over Idaho. The Clan were dominant on both sides of the ball with nine different SFU players registering points, shutting out the now 2-1 Idaho Vandals for more than 45:00 minutes until allowing just two UI goals in the fourth quarter.

Despite allowing only 13 shots on net, both SFU goaltenders were outstanding when they needed to be with senior Darren Zwack (Sherwood Park, AB/Archbishop Jordan HS) stopping all 6 shots that he faced over the opening 35:54 and freshman Jeremy Lashar (Burnaby, BC/Burnaby South Secondary) making 5 saves over the remaining 24:46 for a save percentage of 0.714.

Offensively, the Clan continued to be led by attackman Tyler Kirkby (Burnaby, BC/Burnaby South Secondary) who increased his team lead in both goals (25) and points (30) with 5 goals on the evening. Fraser also got strong offensive performances from juniors, attackman Ward Spencer (Saskatoon, SK/Evan Hardy Collegiate) with 2 goals, 2 assists and midfielder Casey Foster (Edmonton, AB/St. Francis Xavier) with 2 goals and an assist, while junior midfielder Sam Clare (Ladner, BC/Vancouver College) and sophomore attack Lyndon Knuttila (Maple Ridge, BC/Thomas Haney Secondary) added a combined 4 points with 2 goals and 2 assists respectively.

Simon Fraser controlled the contest from start to finish, racing out to a 5-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Ward Spencer opened the scoring, followed by sophomore midfielder Andrew Branting (Duncan, BC/Cowichan Secondary) from Foster on the man-up, to lead 2-0 just over 5:00 minutes into the game. Kirkby then scored his first of the match-up, followed by Foster, and then Spencer from Knuttila to put SFU up by five after 15:00 minutes.

Idaho goaltender Craig Patrick (Eagle, ID/Bishop Kelly HS) also had a strong game in net, making a total of 21 saves (0.6 S%) in the game and keeping the Clan shooters at bay with just 2 goals in the second quarter. Clare scored seconds after a Vandal penalty was released to extend the Fraser lead to six. Foster then made the score 7-0 with his third point (2g, 1a) of the half to give SFU a 7-goal advantage heading into the break.

Fraser continued to monopolize the scoresheet in the third quarter as Knuttila found sophomore midfielder Jordan Stroup (Coquitlam, BC/Dr. Charles Best), with Stroup's first of the season igniting a 4-0 run in the frame. Kirkby handled the rest of the SFU scoring duties for the period converting a solo effort to make it 9-0, and then connecting with fellow attackman Ward Spencer on consecutive goals, first at even strength and then on the man-up, to put the Clan ahead by a score of 11-0 to start the fourth quarter.

Idaho junior midfielder Patrick Tunison (Boise, ID/Bishop Kelly HS) broke the SFU shutout at the 14:37 mark of the fourth quarter, putting the Vandals on the board at 11-1. SFU senior midfielder Brendan Farrell then quieted the UI momentum, resetting the score to 12-1, followed by Clare and then Kirkby's fifth of the game, assisted by freshman attack Clayton Fenney (North Vancouver, BC/Handsworth Secondary), to conclude the Clan scoring at 14-1. Idaho sophomore attack Deric Wilson added one more for the Vandals on the man-up for a final score of 14-2.

Idaho will travel back down the I-5 to face Washington in another divisional match-up on Sunday, March 9. The Vandals currently sit tied for fourth in the PNCLL with Boise State, with a divisional record of 1-1 after defeating sixth placed Washington State 11-9 on March 1. Washington is currently 8th in the PNCLL with a 1-2 divisional record following losses to top seeded Simon Fraser and third placed Oregon and a lone win over 9th place Portland State.

Following two weeks at home, Simon Fraser will now play their next five games on the road starting with a neutral site, out of conference match-up versus Utah on Friday, March 14 at 7:00 pm at Kings Way Christian Field in Vancouver, Washington. The Clan will then play No. 25 Oregon State in Corvallis, OR at 2:00 pm on Sunday, March 16.


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