Corey St Laurent
Victoria, BC – Saturday night saw the University of Victoria Hockey Club kick off a two game home set against the Simon Fraser University Clan. UVic was looking to knock off the 9-0-1 Clan who have been on a torrid pace to start the season. UVic gave the start in goal to Taylor Pears while SFU countered with Evan Kurylo.
The first period started well for UVic as they jumped out of the gate with an energetic pace. Despite the strong start, SFU would quickly turn the tide. Tony Oak opened the scoring for the Clan just 3:05 in and Ben Van Lare launched a rocket top corner just one and a half minutes later. UVic would tighten up defensively in front of goaltender Taylor Pears who made a number of big saves. After one period, UVIC 0 SFU 2.
Whatever was said in the dressing room during the first intermission would pay dividends for UVic. Dennis Pavlina got the Club on the board at the 5:05 mark, banging home a loose puck past Kurylo. After the Clan regained a two goal advantage, Tyson Viehweger would hammer home a blast from the point at 10:28 on the power play. Five minutes later, Brett Orser would pick up the puck and slot a backhander past the SFU net minder to level the score for UVic and record his first BCIHL goal. The remainder of the period would be a chippy affair with more fantastic goalkeeping from Taylor Pears. After two, UVIC 3 SFU 3.
The final frame was a tightly contested battle with a number of chances both ways. Neither team could grasp the lead as both goaltenders stood their ground. At the 16:47 mark, Dustin Taylor was brought down on a breakaway and awarded a penalty shot for UVic. Taylor would be denied by the blocker of Evan Kurylo and the game remained deadlocked. Despite heavy pressure in the dying moments of the game, UVic could not find the game-winning goal. Final score, UVIC 3 SFU 3.
UVic went 1/6=16.67% on the power play while SFU would go 0/5=0.0%. UVic was out shot by SFU by a 47-40 margin.
Saturday night’s draw leaves UVic with a record of 2-6-1 and four points out of the final playoff spot with four games in hand. Taylor Pears was a big factor in the game, making 44 saves. UVic and SFU will play the back half of the two game home set Sunday afternoon at the Ian Stewart Complex Arena. Puck drop is schedule for 4:00PM and admission is, as always, by donation at the door.
The UVIC Hockey Club, a Vikes Sport Clubs program, is a student-led organization that competes competitively in the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League. Information on the team is available at www.uvichockey.com while league details can be found at www.bcihl.ca.