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.