On our winter road trip to Tempe, Arizona to take on ASU the team would have a shortened bench. Due to the shortage of tritons, in the first game Connor Tabone, normally a smooth skating, puck moving defenseman, would make his PAC-8 goaltending debut. While the wall that is Stone Tabone would go on to save nearly 80% of the shots he faced, sloppy defense would lead to 15 puck sized holes leaking through that great wall.
In game 2 of 2 on the back to back road trip, Tabone would tend to the crease for the Tritons and he would start off true to his nickname by playing more than 10 minutes of clean goaltending. However, just after the midway point in the first, ASU would find the breakthrough and take an early lead. A lead which was short lived as Freshman forward Max Rivett would clean up a rebound in front of the ASU net to make it 1-1. The period would finish 2-1 in favor of ASU, but with the Tritons on a 5-3 power play. Unfortunately, the Tritons could not maintain this form and a tired group playing the tail end of a back to back ran out of steam to keep up with a very good ASU team. A goal from Andrew Chua late in the second was all the consolation UCSD could take from this one.