UC San Diego Tritons ice hockey team hosted their home-opening weekend with back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday. On Friday, November 3rd, the Tritons hosted Chapman University Panthers. UCSD opened the scoring when first year player, junior Dan Franke scored 5 minutes into the game, followed by a goal by another first year player, junior Nick Parrino. About a minute after, Chapman responded with a goal of their own, closing the gap to 2-1. With 3 minutes left in the first period, Nick Parrino netted another shot and gave the Tritons a 3-1 lead at the end of the 1st intermission. UCSD continued the momentum into the 2nd period and stretched their lead 5-1 after goals from seniors Aaron Gunn and Liam Jablonksi. The Tritons were in full control and by the 10 minute mark of the 2nd period, they were up 7-1 with additional goals from freshman Jack Hekker and senior Pat Salmas. With the game in full control, UCSD’s Coach Sam decided to give freshman starting goalie Nolan Karma an early night off and put in senior goaltender Conner Jennings. Jennings got off to a rocky start by allowing 2 goals, but quickly settled down and had a quality performance. At the end of the 2nd period, the Tritons led 8-3. In the 3rd period, Nick Parrino completed the hat trick when he scored on a one-timer from a perfect pass from Liam Jablonski. With additional goals from Jablonski, Franke, and sophomore Kevin Schlitz, the Tritons defeated the Chapman Panthers 12-3 and swept the season series against them. Nolan Karma earned his 2nd win of the season and the Tritons headed into Saturday’s game against UC Santa Barbara with a 2-0 record.