BYU Defense Stymies Clan, Gives No. 5 Cougars Win Over No. 20 Simon Fraser
02.21.2016 - By Mykel Severson
Defense was the name of the game in BYU’s early-season win against Simon Fraser. The Clan had its moments, even leading the contest early in the second quarter, but the Coug’s defense took over and shut The Clan down, giving BYU the 12-8 victory.
The game started with a face-off win and shot from SFU. Cougar Goalie Matt Brandenburg saved and cleared to his offense. BYU took a shot, and was denied by SFU Goalie Jeremy Lashar. Back on offense, The Clan showed their patience and excellent passing skills, and eventually Lyndon Knuttila drew first blood. BYU responded in kind with the next face and a fast-break goal from Chase Miller. Jack Vassau took control of the next draw, and after a couple of turnovers for both teams, BYU had possession, patiently passing until Andrew McKinley found Josh Tunick for goal number two. The Clan gained possession and passed around the outer perimeter looking for the perfect opportunity. They found it when Tyler Kirkby fed Greg Lunde, and the game was all knotted up. SFU took control again and Knuttila assisted Kirkby to take the lead. After a face-off win by The Clan, BYU midfielder Connor Williams picked the ball out of the air, sprinted down field and hit Chris Severson, who tied it up. At the end of one it was 3 to 3.