January 5, 2014 (ISN) – Day 2: After UBC shutout Princeton University 1-0 to finish their Showcase with a 2-0 record, SFU gave up a late lead in the third period to fall 4-3 to the University of North Dakota.
Despite the loss, the team is calling the performance of goaltender Graeme Gordon one for the ages. The SFU netminder turned away 47 of 51 shots from the NCAA powerhouse, including a key save on World Junior Hockey Championships star and 2nd round NHL draft pick Rocco Grimaldi on a 2nd period penalty shot.
The Clan held a 3rd period lead on goal from Taylor Piller which shocked a strong UND contingent travelling north from the United States for the game. Copeland Arena saw its largest crowd since the 2013 Esso Cup and the 2012 University Hockey Classic, estimated at about 1,300 fans. While the SFU squad competed well against its NCAA competition, the team lacked scoring chances on this weekend and were eventually outclassed by both opposing teams.
For the second year in a row, UBC showed its strength in big games as the Thunderbirds went undefeated against their American counterparts. The team thrilled local fans with an epic overtime victory against University of North Dakota on Day 1, after tying the game in the final minute of regulation.
SFU is back in action at home on January 11th against Thompson Rivers University, a game hosted in support of the You Can Play Project. Check back soon for a full game by game breakdown of the 2014 Great Northwest Showcase.