Triton’s Roller Hockey Take on Huntington Beach Roller Hockey Tournament

POSTED BY LIZ HENRY

The game carried a lot of weight as the Tritons go into their last regular season event needing 1 win in order to advance to the regional championships. To start things off, the team first played the USD Toreros, whom the Tritons have beaten soundly in their previous meetings. However, the absence of key players Dylan Shives, Patrick Salmas, and Aaron Gunn made it difficult for the Tritons to put the biscuit past the Toreros seemingly newly acquired and highly skilled goaltender. In the end, the Tritons dropped the game 5-4, with a hat trick from Daniel Rey, and a goal from Ryan Lucero.

In the Tritons’ next game, they were eager to redeem themselves against Northern Arizona University after losing by a goal in their last tournament in Phoenix, AZ. However, the game went down hill from the start, and the Tritons ended up losing by a score of 8-3 with 2 goals again from Daniel Rey and one from Grant Marcy.

The third and last game of the day againts UC Berkeley was the Tritons’ easiest game of the weekend, and so it was their chance to win the game they needed to advance to regionals. The arrival of Patrick Salmas certainly helped the team regain some composure in the defensive zone, but the Tritons were still down 4-2 at the end of the second period. Determined to not lose another game, Ryan Lucero and Adrian Garcia Badarocco put up a combined 3 goals in the third period to lead the Tritons to victory over Cal and securing a spot in regionals.

The next day, Dylan Shives returned to the team bench after sitting the previous day out due to the flu, but Daniel Rey was not able to make the games. The first game of the day was against Cal Poly Pomona whom the Tritons had defeated earlier in Arizona in a very close game. However, this game was not the same. Cal Poly scored goal after goal and the Tritons conceded the game by an upsetting 8-2.

The last game of the tournament for the Tritons was going to be their toughest of the weekend, and the final score definitely reflected that soundly. The team took a rough beating and was only able to put up 2 goals, and in the end lost by a large margin on 12-2.

The team is determined to put up a better fight in two weeks at Corona for the regionals championship with their full roster.

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Tritons push Through Arizona

POSTED BY LIZ HENRY

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.

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A Grueling and Long Saturday for UC San Diego

POSTED BY LIZ HENRY

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.

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Tritons Put Up a Fight at San Jose Tournament

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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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Tritons Move Up in the Standings

POSTED BY LAUREN SAWVELLE

Tucson, AZ- The UC San Diego Roller Hockey Club set their sights on Arizona this past weekend. With games scheduled against UC Irvine, Cal Poly Pomona and University of Arizona, the Tritons looked to clinch a playoff spot in a very tight NCRHA Western Conference.

The first game of the day was against UCI and didn’t start as planned for the Tritons. An early penalty and the resultant power play goal gave an early lead to the Anteaters. Rattled by the quick strike, UC San Diego had trouble maintaining possession of the puck and just a few minutes later trailed by 2. Finally at the end of first period, momentum changed as the Tritons were rewarded with a power play. Although they were unable to find the back of the net, they found themselves getting some quality chances. The second period started with Irvine looking to regain their momentum, and were rewarded for their hard play early on by scoring 2 more goals to extend their lead to 4-0. Looking to create some offense in the third period, the Tritons were awarded a two-man advantage power play. With 5 minutes left in the game, Junior Jeremy Fong buried the puck in the back of the net to cut the deficit to 4-1. With desperation setting in, the Tritons pressed hard to get another goal, however a turnover in their own end lead to a breakaway going the other way. Irvine buried the chance and put the game away 5-1.

The second game of the day pitted the Tritons against Cal Poly Pomona. Looking to get revenge for an overtime loss to the Broncos earlier in the season, the Tritons came out hard outshooting their opponents 6-2 in the early going. Despite the momentum, a bad bounce that favored the Broncos gave them the early 1-0 lead. The resilient Triton team didn’t change their game plan and finally all the pressure lead to Jeremey Fong’s second goal of the day and a 1-1 tie. The second period was a much more even affair with the Broncos increasing their pressure. After back and forth play for the entire 12-minute period, the Tritons found themselves tied 2-2. Knowing 2 points in the standing was up for grabs, the Tritons scored two quick goals in the third to give them a lead they would hold on to. The game ended with a close 4-3 score, but the Tritons improved to 14 points on the season and now need just 1 point to clinch a spot in the regional playoffs.

The last game of the day saw the Tritons face off against a good University of Arizona team. A poor start put the Tritons in the hole early as they were outshot 11-4 and outscored 3-0. The six-man UC San Diego squad couldn’t do much against the fast eight-man Arizona team and the second and third period continued in the same fashion as the first with UC San Diego getting outshot 37-13 and outscored 6-0. Even though the Tritons were unable to get the one point necessary to clinch the postseason birth, they still have 4 more game to do so. The UC San Diego Roller Hockey Club with face UC Irvine, Chico State, Fullerton State and Cal on February 20th in Huntington Beach.

 

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Tritons Clinch Regional Playoff Birth

POSTED BY LAUREN SAWVELLE

Huntington Beach, CA- The UC San Diego Roller Hockey Club clinched a 2015/16 playoff birth after registering two points over the weekend, February 20th. Entering the tournament, the Tritons needed just one win in their final four games of the regular against CSU Fullerton, UC Irvine, Cal, and Chico State to play in the March 5 playoff tournament.

The first game of the day was an early 8AM puck drop against a second place CSU Fullerton team. The Tritons came out strong when Junior forward Grant Marcy buried an early power play goal. The speed of the Titans was hard to match however as they rebounded with three goals to take a 3-1 lead after the first. The second period was a hard fought battle that saw lots of back and forth chances but no goals for either team. Fullerton looked to put the game out of reach early in the third period as they extended their lead to 4-1, but the Tritons rallied back, determined to tie the game. Two quick goals just 20 seconds apart by UC San Diego cut the lead to 4-3 with just 5 minutes remaining. Desperate to tie the game, the Tritons had to take every chance they could, but CSUF was able to take advantage of a late game mistake and extended their lead to 5-3. An empty net goal was more than enough to put the game away as the Tritons fell to 6-5-2 on the season.

The second game of the day pitted UC San Diego against UC Irvine. The first period was a hard fought defensive battle for the Tritons, led by Senior goaltender Peter Simonsen who made 12 of his 36 saves in opening frame. Midway through the second period, the Anteaters finally broke the tie and took a 1-0 lead. UCI would add another goal just minutes later to extend their lead to two. Entering the third period, UC San Diego came out flying looking to muster up some offense. Finally with just two minutes remaining the Tritons snuck one by Irvine’s netminder to cut the lead to one. With the goalie pulled, UC San Diego launched one finally attack but was unable to tie the game. Another empty net goal would give Irvine the 3-1 victory and see San Diego fall to 0-2 on the day.

The third game of the day saw UC San Diego face off against the Cal Bears. With both teams needing points to cinch a playoff spot, the competitiveness reached new heights. The first period showcased two teams playing a solid defensive game, trying not to surrender the first goal. A bad bounce with just two minutes left in the first however put the Tritons at a disadvantage as they trailed 1-0. The defensive battle continued into the second period until Cal extended their lead to 2-0 on a power play goal with five minutes remaining in the frame. Knowing that their playoff hopes rested on this game, the Tritons offense came to life in the third period as they buried three quick goals in a matter of four minutes to give them the 3-2 lead. Determined to tie the game however, Cal quickly responded tying the game at three. With the game now heading into overtime, a huge point was on the line for both teams. Just three minutes into overtime, Junior forward Dylan Shives rocketed a puck past the Cal goaltender giving them a 4-3 win and enough points to send them to Regionals.

The last game of the day for the UC San Diego Roller Hockey Club matched them up with first place Chico State. Despite the team having already played three games earlier in the day, the Tritons came out flying against the Wildcats who were playing their first game of the weekend. The first period was all San Diego as they outshot Chico 11-7 but were unable to find the back of the net. The second period was a much more even frame as UCSD started to show some fatigue, but both teams continued to play hard, with neither one giving an inch. Finally in the third period, Senior Zane Curdes ripped a shot past the Wildcat goaltender to break the scoreless tie and put the Tritons up 1-0. A relentless attack from Chico continued for the remainder of the game and finally with 2 minutes left, the Wildcats broke through and tied the score. Despite the game looking like it was going into overtime, a defensive breakdown lead to a breakaway for the Wildcats with just 15 seconds left in the third period. Chico was able to convert on the opportunity and give them the 2-1 advantage. With not enough time to muster a comeback, the Tritons fell in shocking fashion.

Despite falling to 7-7-2 on the season, the UC San Diego Roller Hockey Club clinched a playoff birth and will play again on March 5 in Corona, CA. The team will look to hoist the Western Conference Trophy for the first time since 2009.

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Feb 20 Roller Hockey

POSTED BY MICHAEL ZHONG

Tritons Clinch Regional Playoff Birth

 

Huntington Beach, CA- The UC San Diego Roller Hockey Club clinched a 2015/16 playoff birth after registering two points over the weekend, February 20th. Entering the tournament, the Tritons needed just one win in their final four games of the regular against CSU Fullerton, UC Irvine, Cal, and Chico State to play in the March 5 playoff tournament.

The first game of the day was an early 8AM puck drop against a second place CSU Fullerton team. The Tritons came out strong when Junior forward Grant Marcy buried an early power play goal. The speed of the Titans was hard to match however as they rebounded with three goals to take a 3-1 lead after the first. The second period was a hard fought battle that saw lots of back and forth chances but no goals for either team. Fullerton looked to put the game out of reach early in the third period as they extended their lead to 4-1, but the Tritons rallied back, determined to tie the game. Two quick goals just 20 seconds apart by UC San Diego cut the lead to 4-3 with just 5 minutes remaining. Desperate to tie the game, the Tritons had to take every chance they could, but CSUF was able to take advantage of a late game mistake and extended their lead to 5-3. An empty net goal was more than enough to put the game away as the Tritons fell to 6-5-2 on the season.

The second game of the day pitted UC San Diego against UC Irvine. The first period was a hard fought defensive battle for the Tritons, led by Senior goaltender Peter Simonsen who made 12 of his 36 saves in opening frame. Midway through the second period, the Anteaters finally broke the tie and took a 1-0 lead. UCI would add another goal just minutes later to extend their lead to two. Entering the third period, UC San Diego came out flying looking to muster up some offense. Finally with just two minutes remaining the Tritons snuck one by Irvine’s netminder to cut the lead to one. With the goalie pulled, UC San Diego launched one finally attack but was unable to tie the game. Another empty net goal would give Irvine the 3-1 victory and see San Diego fall to 0-2 on the day.

The third game of the day saw UC San Diego face off against the Cal Bears. With both teams needing points to cinch a playoff spot, the competitiveness reached new heights.  The first period showcased two teams playing a solid defensive game, trying not to surrender the first goal. A bad bounce with just two minutes left in the first however put the Tritons at a disadvantage as they trailed 1-0. The defensive battle continued into the second period until Cal extended their lead to 2-0 on a power play goal with five minutes remaining in the frame. Knowing that their playoff hopes rested on this game, the Tritons offense came to life in the third period as they buried three quick goals in a matter of four minutes to give them the 3-2 lead. Determined to tie the game however, Cal quickly responded tying the game at three. With the game now heading into overtime, a huge point was on the line for both teams. Just three minutes into overtime, Junior forward Dylan Shives rocketed a puck past the Cal goaltender giving them a 4-3 win and enough points to send them to Regionals.

The last game of the day for the UC San Diego Roller Hockey Club matched them up with first place Chico State. Despite the team having already played three games earlier in the day, the Tritons came out flying against the Wildcats who were playing their first game of the weekend. The first period was all San Diego as they outshot Chico 11-7 but were unable to find the back of the net. The second period was a much more even frame as UCSD started to show some fatigue, but both teams continued to play hard, with neither one giving an inch. Finally in the third period, Senior Zane Curdes ripped a shot past the Wildcat goaltender to break the scoreless tie and put the Tritons up 1-0. A relentless attack from Chico continued for the remainder of the game and finally with 2 minutes left, the Wildcats broke through and tied the score.  Despite the game looking like it was going into overtime, a defensive breakdown lead to a breakaway for the Wildcats with just 15 seconds left in the third period. Chico was able to convert on the opportunity and give them the 2-1 advantage. With not enough time to muster a comeback, the Tritons fell in shocking fashion.

Despite falling to 7-7-2 on the season, the UC San Diego Roller Hockey Club clinched a playoff birth and will play again on March 5 in Corona, CA. The team will look to hoist the Western Conference Trophy for the first time since 2009.

 

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Feb 6 R Hockey

POSTED BY MICHAEL ZHONG

Tritons Move Up in the Standings

 

Tucson, AZ- The UC San Diego Roller Hockey Club set their sights on Arizona this past weekend. With games scheduled against UC Irvine, Cal Poly Pomona and University of Arizona, the Tritons looked to clinch a playoff spot in a very tight NCRHA Western Conference.

The first game of the day was against UCI and didn’t start as planned for the Tritons. An early penalty and the resultant power play goal gave an early lead to the Anteaters. Rattled by the quick strike, UC San Diego had trouble maintaining possession of the puck and just a few minutes later trailed by 2. Finally at the end of first period, momentum changed as the Tritons were rewarded with a power play. Although they were unable to find the back of the net, they found themselves getting some quality chances. The second period started with Irvine looking to regain their momentum, and were rewarded for their hard play early on by scoring 2 more goals to extend their lead to 4-0. Looking to create some offense in the third period, the Tritons were awarded a two-man advantage power play. With 5 minutes left in the game, Junior Jeremy Fong buried the puck in the back of the net to cut the deficit to 4-1. With desperation setting in, the Tritons pressed hard to get another goal, however a turnover in their own end lead to a breakaway going the other way. Irvine buried the chance and put the game away 5-1.

The second game of the day pitted the Tritons against Cal Poly Pomona. Looking to get revenge for an overtime loss to the Broncos earlier in the season, the Tritons came out hard outshooting their opponents 6-2 in the early going. Despite the momentum, a bad bounce that favored the Broncos gave them the early 1-0 lead. The resilient Triton team didn’t change their game plan and finally all the pressure lead to Jeremey Fong’s second goal of the day and a 1-1 tie. The second period was a much more even affair with the Broncos increasing their pressure. After back and forth play for the entire 12-minute period, the Tritons found themselves tied 2-2. Knowing 2 points in the standing was up for grabs, the Tritons scored two quick goals in the third to give them a lead they would hold on to. The game ended with a close 4-3 score, but the Tritons improved to 14 points on the season and now need just 1 point to clinch a spot in the regional playoffs.

The last game of the day saw the Tritons face off against a good University of Arizona team. A poor start put the Tritons in the hole early as they were outshot 11-4 and outscored 3-0. The six-man UC San Diego squad couldn’t do much against the fast eight-man Arizona team and the second and third period continued in the same fashion as the first with UC San Diego getting outshot 37-13 and outscored 6-0. Even though the Tritons were unable to get the one point necessary to clinch the postseason birth, they still have 4 more game to do so. The UC San Diego Roller Hockey Club with face UC Irvine, Chico State, Fullerton State and Cal on February 20th in Huntington Beach.

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Nov 21 Roller Hockey

POSTED BY MICHAEL ZHONG

Tritons Earn 3 Points

Huntington Beach, CA- The UC San Diego Roller Hockey Club continued their season this past weekend (November 21, 2015) with games against University of Arizona, Cal Poly Pomona, and Sonoma State University.

The first game of the day was an early matchup against a strong University of Arizona team. The Wildcats came ready to play in the opening period and outworked the Tritons to jump to an early lead just a minute and a half in. Arizona wouldn’t stop there and they were able to tack on two more tallies before the end of the first period putting the Tritons down 3-0. UC San Diego would rebound in the second as they began to muster up some offense, but were unable to find the back of the net. The third period began with the score still 3-0 and the Tritons knowing they had quite the hill to climb. Despite the intense effort, UC San Diego was unable to put the puck in the back of the net, and they would fall 3-0.

In the second game of the day, the Tritons looked to find the win column as they went head to head against Cal Poly Pomona. The first period was a hard fought battle with good scoring chances coming from each team but the Tritons found themselves down 1-0.  Just 26 seconds into the second frame, the Broncos scored from a sharp angle shot that just roller over the goal line to extended their lead to 2. UC San Diego looked determine to rebound from this and score their first goal of the tournament. Finally with 23 seconds left in the second period, and a penalty being called on Cal Poly, Dylan Shives rocketed a shot pass the Bronco netminder to cut the deficit to 1. Entering the third period with momentum, the Tritons looked determined to tie the game. They fought hard during the entire 12-minute period and finally with just 18 seconds left and goaltender Peter Simonsen on the bench for an extra attacker, forward Grant Marcy fired one into the net to draw the score even at 2. With the game now in overtime, the Broncos were able to sneak a shot past the UC San Diego goaltender to take a 3-2 overtime win.

Just an hour later, UC San Diego would take on Sonoma State for their last game of the day. The five-man squad looked tired as the Seawolves jumped out to an early 3-0 lead just seven minutes into the game. However, a short intermission proved to be exactly what the Tritons needed as they came out hard in the second period. In a matter of 40 seconds, the Tritons got a goal from Adrian Garcia Badaracco and two from Dylan Shives to tie the game at 3. The two teams would exchange goals during the remainder of the second period to set up an exciting 4-4 third period. Grant Marcy would give the Tritons their first lead of the tournament with a goal just 45 seconds into the final frame. The goal proved to be just what UC San Diego needed as goalie Peter Simonsen would shut down the Seawolves offense in the third period making 9 of his 26 saves to clinch the win.

The second half of the season will continue for the UC San Diego Roller Hockey Club as they head to Tucson, AZ on February 6, 2016.

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Nov 7 Roller Hockey

POSTED BY MICHAEL ZHONG

Tritons Sweep Double Header

El Cajon, CA- The UC San Diego Roller Hockey Club faced off against the University of San Diego Toreros this past weekend, November 7, for a double header regular season matchup.

In the first game of the day, the Tritons came out flying scoring three goals and taking an early 3-1 lead thanks to goals by Dan Rey, Grant Marcy and Patrick Salmas. The second period was a much more evenly fought battle with just one goal scored by each team. The UC San Diego goal marked sophomore Adrian Garcia Badaracco’s first career college goal. With a score of 4-2 entering the third period, the defensive battle continued, despite the Tritons’ constant pressure. The attack was too much for the Toreros who weren’t able to muster up enough offense to tie the game and UC San Diego would take the win 4-2.

After a short break, the two teams were right back at it. This time the Toreros came out flying, looking to pull out a win in the double header. USD outshot the Tritons 20-9 in the first, but UC San Diego was able to squeak out a 2-1 lead. Early in the second period junior Dylan Shives scored to give the Tritons a 3-1 lead, a lead they would hold for the rest of the frame. In the third period, the Patrick Salmas show began. The second year transfer netted 2 goals to give him a hat trick in the game and cement a 5-2 victory for the Tritons.

The UC San Diego Roller Hockey Club hopes to continue their winning ways on November 21 when they head to Huntington Beach to play their next three games of the season. UC San Diego will battle against University of Arizona, Cal Poly Pomona, and Sonoma State at 9AM, 12PM, and 2PM respectively.

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Oct 24 Roller Hockey

POSTED BY MICHAEL ZHONG

Triton Roller Hockey Opens Season in San Jose

San Jose, CA- The UC San Diego Roller Hockey Club opened their season this past weekend (October 24, 2015) looking to continue being a Western Division powerhouse. The Tritons, who went 15-1 and finished in the final four at nationals last season played their first games of the 2015-2016 season against UC Berkeley, West Valley Community College, UC Santa Cruz, and Chico state.

After losing multiple seniors due to graduation, the new-look San Diego team took on the Cal Bears to start the tournament. The first two periods of the game were very evenly matched with three goals being scored by each team. In the third period however, the 5 man UCSD squad had trouble keeping pace with the fast skating Berkeley team and the Tritons found themselves down by two goals with just six minutes left to play. Third year veterans Jeremy Fong, Dylan Shives, and Grant Marcy dug deep in the last two minutes of the game and the trio combined to score two goals, with the tying goal coming with just  16 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. The Tritons would eventually fall in overtime, but still managed to gain a point in the standings.

The second game of the tournament was against West Valley Community College, a new team to the WCRHL. This hard fought defensive battle was another game that saw back and forth goals through the first two periods which set up an intense finish to the game. UCSD looked exhausted and couldn’t seem to get control of the puck in the third period but senior goaltender Peter Simonsen was able to keep it close making 14 saves in the third period and 34 total in the game. However, an unlucky bounce with just six minutes to play in the game proved to be too much to overcome for the Tritons as they eventually fell 4-3.

UC San Diego looked to bounce back in their third game of the tournament as they played UC Santa Cruz, the team that eliminated them from the regional playoffs last season. The Tritons came out looking determined and outshot the Banana Slugs 12-5 in the first period and jumping out to an early 2-0 lead. UCSD would continue their strong play throughout the rest of the game and finish with a commanding 6-1 win with junior transfer Pat Salmas scoring three.

The last game of the tournament was against a strong Chico State team that had already won their first games of the tournament. San Diego was able to carry their momentum from their previous win into this game as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first period. Chico State regrouped during the intermission and scored 5 goals while UCSD only managed to net 2. Once again the 5 man Triton team entered the third period with the score tied. Early in the third frame, Dylan Shives scores his fifth goal of the game giving San Diego a slight lead, but the Wildcats bounced right back and tied the game to force overtime. Just minutes into overtime, Jeremy Fong managed to squeak a shot past the Chico goalie to give UC San Diego a 7-6 victory.

The UC San Diego Roller Hockey Club looks to continue their winning streak in two weeks when they will play their only home games of the season. Come support Triton hockey on Saturday, November 7, 2015 as they will play back-to-back games against University of San Diego at Skate San Diego in El Cajon at 11:00am and 1:00pm.

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March 5 Roller Hockey

POSTED BY MICHAEL ZHONG

Tritons Advance to Semifinal

Corona, CA- The UC San Diego Roller Hockey Club advanced to the semifinal round of the WCRHL regional playoffs this past weekend, on March 5th. After finishing the season in 5th place in the division, the Tritons were able to advance as underdogs before finally falling to the eventual champions.

The Tritons’ first two games of the tournament were pool play games against 3rd place University of Arizona, and 2nd place CSU Fullerton. These pool play games, which were used to decide the elimination matchups, didn’t go as planned for UC San Diego. After the two games, they found themselves 0-2 after falling 4-2 and 4-1 to U of A and CSUF respectively. This set up the quarterfinal matchup between the two UC rivals: UCI and UC San Diego. Having lost both of the previous matchups against the Anteaters, the Tritons had their work cut out for them. The puck dropped to start the game and both teams came out hard. With neither team giving an inch, the first period came to an end with a scoreless tie. The second period saw the same defensive style of play, with the Tritons controlling the majority of the play. Finally with just 2:36 left in the frame, UC San Diego forward Grant Marcy finally broke the scoreless tie giving his team a 1-0 lead. Entering the third period with the slight edge, the Tritons did their best to counter every attack by the Anteaters. The team’s defense, backed by goaltender Peter Simonsen, was enough to hold onto the lead. The Tritons would win the game 1-0 and advance to the semifinal round against University of Arizona.

In the second matchup of the weekend between U of A and UC San Diego, the Tritons looked to get revenge for their earlier loss. The teams fought tooth and nail for any offensive opportunities, but with just 3 minutes left in the opening frame, Arizona struck first. Entering the second period the Tritons looked to tie the game, but the strong possession game of the Wildcats limited them to just 4 shots. The Wildcats on the other hand were able to muster up 14 shots and bury 2 more goals, giving them a 3-1 lead after two periods. Needing offense, the Tritons began taking chances to try and tie the game. An offensive zone penalty, however, gave the Wildcats the opportunity to put the game away, which they did by extending their lead to 4-1. The final buzzer sounded, ending the season for the UC San Diego Roller Hockey Club.

We’d like to congratulate seniors Zane Curdes and Peter Simonsen for graduating this year with bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Structural Engineering respectively. We’d like to thank them for their dedication to the team and putting in all their hard work over the last 4 years.

 

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