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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