UBC closes gap but falls just short versus Clan

Sunday, UBC travelled up Burnaby Mountain to take on the SFU Clan, for a rematch of their earlier fall match-up that saw SFU emerge victorious 14-2 in a rather one-sided affair. Despite the torrential rain and heavy winds, the Thunderbirds started off this game much like the game from the day before, scoring the first goal early in the contest. The Clan answered back with two of their own and the Thunderbirds were down for the first time of the weekend. Goals from Ryan Wilkinson and Brendan Lancaster put the ‘birds up 3-2 at the end of the first quarter. The Clan started off the second quarter strong and added four quick goals to take the lead 6-3 until midfielder Spencer Schoen stopped the Clan’s momentum with a tally of his own. A late tally by SFU sent the game to halftime with the Clan leading by score of 7-4.

Each team exchanged goals to start the third quarter, as Schoen picked up his second of the game on a great hustle play that ended with the ball trickling into the back of the net. Goaltender Dean Grimm made some big saves and kept the Thunderbirds in the game. Going into the final quarter the ‘birds trailed by four, the score being 9-5 for the Clan. The final frame started off as a stale-mate, with each team trading possessions, but neither was able to find the back of the net. The UBC defense made several strong defensive stands to contain the potent Clan offense as they tried to mount a late comeback. With under five minutes remaining in the game, goals from Syskakis and Wilkinson closed the gap to two but that was all the offense could muster. At the final whistle, the Thunderbirds fell to the Clan by a score of 9-7. Next up, the Thunderbirds look to get back to their winning ways as they take on Vancouver Barbarians on November 25th in New Westminster.