The UC San Diego Tritons travelled to Arizona this past weekend for a weekend long three game tournament. It was great team bonding for the Tritons as they travelled the long journey to Queen Creek, Arizona. Running slightly behind schedule however, they arrived at the arena only 7 minutes before the start of their first game. The Tritons got dressed quickly and got out onto the rink just in time. However, the road warry Tritons got off to a slow start against their first opponents, University of Arizona, who in total scored 5 goals in the first period of play. Following that period the Tritons got into the hang of things, only allowing 3 more goals throughout the remaining two periods, but only scoring one themselves to make the final score 8-1. However, the Tritons didn’t have time to sulk, as their next game against Cal Poly Pomona was in an hour. The Tritons prepared for the next game, and came out much stronger this time around tying the first 2-2. In a hard fought game the Tritons were able to pull ahead 5-3 with only a minute to spare. Pomona then pulled their goalie and off of a beautiful redirection, tipped the puck past the outstretched arm of the goalie Ryan Jensen. This caused the game to be a nail bitter till the end, with Pomona taking a last second shot, which Ryan managed to stop with a flailing kick save. The Tritons pulled away with the victory off of a 5 point performance by Dylan Shives (4G,1A) and spectacular play by the goalie and the rest of the Tritons defensive crew. The next game was at noon the next day, so the Tritons got some rest and prepared for their match against WCRHL newcomers Northern Arizona University. On Sunday the team travelled back to Queen Creek and began their final matchup of the day. It was a hard fought game, with a lucky NAU bounce pulling them ahead 1-0 at the end of the first. The second period proved equally hard fought, with the Tritons putting two in the back of the net to NAU’s three, making the score 4-2 entering the third. Once again the Tritons fought hard against NAU, with both teams scoring two goals within the third to make the final score 6-4. It was a disappointing loss for the Tritons, but none-the-less a well fought game. The Tritons look to expand on these past two performances and take them into the final tournament of the year in Huntington, where they will play a grand total of 5 games to finish off the regular season.
This past Saturday UC San Diego Roller Hockey traveled to Huntington for a long day of 4 games ranging from 9am-12am. Many of the players for the team were also coming off an ice hockey game the night before, meaning they came out of the weekend having played 5 games in total, and thus by the end of Saturday were completely exhausted. It was a rough tournament for the Hockey Club, as the team pulled away from the tournament with a record of 1-3. The first game of the day came against University of Arizona, a fast team with great passing skills. UC San Diego lost the game 9-1 in a match that was more hard-fought than the scoreboard would acknowledge. Following the game the Tritons had a span of 5 hours to kill and many of the players got lunch and hung around Huntington catching up on school work until the next game at 4pm.
This second game was a rematch against Chico State, a team UC San Diego previously faced in San Jose. It was another tough game for UC San Diego as they once again were defeated by a score of 9-1. After another break, this time 4 hours, UC San Diego came back to face a strong and physical West Valley College team. The game was brutal, as the two teams sparred back and forth in front of the UC San Diego net and pressured each other against the boards. West Valley also wasn’t afraid of being physical with the goalie, as goalie Ryan Jensen took multiple knees and sticks to his face and body while trying for saves. Coming out of the brutal game, UC San Diego lost 10-0 with a majority of the players physically beat up from the game. This anger and multiple losses made the UC San Diego team determined to come away from the tournament with at least one victory, and thus the team came out hard against their next opponent UC Irvine.
UC San Diego got off to a quick lead coming out of the first and after going up 7-2 coming out of the second sat back a bit and coasted on the lead for most of the third. At the 5 min mark, with UC San Diego up 9-2, UCI pulled their goalie due to cramping issues and played with 5 players, applying a lot of pressure in order to try and push as much as they can. But UC San Diego held strong, only letting up two additional goals for a final score of 9-4, thus ensuring they pulled away with at least one victory from the tournament. It was a rough Saturday, and UC San Diego Roller Hockey has much to work on before their next tournament comes about, but following this weekend one can definitely say the team feels closer as a whole and will seek to have better results the next time around.
The UCSD roller hockey team traveled up to San Jose this weekend for the opening tournament of the season, starting off with a Saturday 7pm kickoff against CSU Chico. After a day of travel UCSD seemed ready to go as they scored 4 goals against Chico in the first period. But alas it was not meant to be and Chico surged back against the Tritons to win it 9-4. After a brief break to recuperate from the first game, the Tritons were back on the rink against the roller hockey giants Cal State Fullerton at 11pm. It was a tough game for the 7 man squad, who were without their star defender Patrick Salmas due to food poisoning. They fell to Fullerton to the score of 10-1. The next day UCSD looked to get back on track against a strong Cal Poly Pomona squad at 10am. It was a tough game, and though UCSD fought hard they fell once again, this time 7-1. The last game of the weekend was against UC Berkeley and the Tritons were determined to not be shut out at the tournament. They fought hard and eventually beat back Cal to a final score of 11-6 off of strong performances from Dylan Shives and new graduate student Gary Soeller. The Tritons look to build upon this win next tournament, but for now will come back to SD intent on working on their fundamentals so that they can sweep the next tournament.
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