Loveland, CO – After playing visiting #23 Simon Fraser to a 2-2 draw after one quarter, the #1 Colorado State Rams exploded on offense, scoring 11 goals over the second and third quarter to pull away en route to a 16-7 victory on a cold and windy Saturday afternoon. The Rams were efficient on man-up, scoring five extra-man goals, including three on one non-releasable penalty. For the second consecutive game, at least eight players registered at least one goal for CSU as the Rams found offense from a multitude of sources.
Simon Fraser held a 2-1 lead with 2:21 remaining in the first quarter before the Rams went on a nine goal run that stretched over the next 24 minutes of game time. Colorado State took the lead for good when senior Braxton Campbell (Silverthorne HS / Summit, CO) dumped home a shot in transition with 12:26 remaining in the second frame.
From there, it was all Rams, as CSU stretched out to a 7-2 halftime lead which quickly ballooned to 10-2 less than five minutes into the third quarter. The Rams eventually held a 15-4 lead early in the fourth quarter before Simon Fraser’s Ward Spencer and Alex Bohl scored three straight to pull back to within eight.
Senior Tim Taggart (Mountain Vista HS / Highlands Ranch, CO) had a career-high four points on two goals and two assists. Josh Gregg (Columbine HS / Littleton, CO) also set a career mark with two goals while junior attackman Kacy Carter (Rock Canyon HS / Castle Rock, CO) had a hat-trick for the third consecutive game. Spencer led Fraser with three goals and an assist on the afternoon.
The Rams dominated the statistical battle, outshooting SFU 39-24 and picking up 33 groundballs to just 18 for Fraser. The Rams did turn the ball over 16 times, but won 18 of 24 face-off attempts. Senior Dan Warfield (Smoky Hill HS / Aurora, CO) was a perfect 12 of 12 at the face-off ‘x’ on the evening.
Colorado State (6-0 overall, 1-0 RMLC) will finish its difficult five-games in eight-days stretch on Sunday afternoon against a #10 Virginia Tech squad that dropped an 11-4 decision in Boulder, CO to the University of Colorado on Saturday. Simon Fraser will flip opponents with the Hokies, taking on the Buffaloes on Sunday. The two visiting teams will finish their Colorado road swing with a neutral site game against each other on Tuesday.