Tritons Bounce Back With Rout Over Bulldogs

    Club Sports — UCSD returned home to mixed results on Jan. 25
    and 26 against UC Irvine and Fresno State
    after successful matches against Loyola
    Marymount University

    and University of the Redlands on
    Jan. 18 and 19. The Tritons fell for the second time this season to UC Irvine
    on Jan. 25 by a score of 6-3, but bounced back against Fresno
    State
    with a 13-2 blowout victory
    the following evening at UTC Ice
    Town
    .

    In the Tritons’ match against Fresno
    State
    , UCSD took advantage of its
    first power play of the night, scoring an early goal to take a 1-0 lead.
    Minutes later, a slapshot from junior forward Troy Miller put UCSD up 2-0.

    The UCSD ice hockey team fell for the second time this season to UC Irvine on Jan. 25, but bounced back the next evening against Fresno State, scoring early and often to trounce the Bulldogs 13-2. (Sanh Luong/Guardian)

    The Tritons controlled the puck and kept play in the
    Bulldogs’ zone for much of the first period. On one rare occasion, Fresno
    State
    pushed play through the
    neutral zone and the Bulldogs scored a goal to cut the Tritons’ lead to 2-1.
    But junior forward Chris Bachman responded with another goal for the Tritons,
    putting them up 3-1 at intermission.

    Within the first minute of the second period, the Tritons
    scored another goal. Then, with 17:45
    left in the period, freshman forward Stephen Lockwood broke away and slipped
    the puck past the hapless Bulldog goalkeeper to put the Tritons up by four.

    The Bulldogs, who played defensively for most of the game,
    finally answered back with a goal to cut the Tritons’ lead to 5-2 with 11:21 left in the second period. However,
    Bachman banged a shot into the high corner of the goal before sophomore forward
    Michael Frederick passed the puck to sophomore forward Casey Gong, who scored
    another goal to give the Tritons two quick scores and a 7-2 lead. UCSD added
    two more scores in the period to take a 9-2 lead going into the break.

    With the game out of reach for the Bulldogs, UCSD continued
    its onslaught, adding four more goals in the final period, including scores
    from Gong, Miller and senior forward Tim Armstrong.

    The Tritons wanted to atone for their previous loss, and
    their merciless and unified play gave the Bulldogs a long and sad ride home.

    “After a so-so game [the night before] we came out strong
    tonight,” freshman defenseman Will Cho said. “Our team banded together and we
    weren’t selfish.”

    The win came after the Tritons took a tough 6-3 loss to UC
    Irvine one night earlier. The Tritons struggled for much of that game, digging
    themselves into a 6-1 hole after two periods. It didn’t help that they racked
    up an unusually high amount of penalty
    minutes.

    “The first two periods of the game, we were in the [penalty]
    box the whole time,” junior defenseman Matthew Robinson said.

    Not willing to leave without a fight, the Tritons outscored
    the Anteaters 2-0 in the third period, but by then it was too little, too late
    and UC Irvine took the victory.

    “We lost focus,” Cho said. “We could blame the referees for
    the loss but we’ve got to play the game better.”

    Now with a 9-6 record, the Tritons have three more games
    left in the regular season. UCSD will face Cal State Northridge on Feb. 2 and Sacramento
    State
    on Feb. 8, and will finish
    its schedule against UC Davis on Feb. 9. All three games are at home and the
    Tritons are confident that their history with their opponents will lift them to
    much-needed victory.

    “We’ve beaten two out of the three teams that we’re playing
    this season,” Robinson said. “We need to win the next three games.”

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