UCLA Sweeps Cal, Hosts Crosstown Cup Game 2 this Friday
Veteran’s Day Weekend was quite eventful for the UCLA Bruins Men’s Ice Hockey team. It began Friday, with a loss to their rival the USC Trojans that was strange, thrilling, and controversial. Recently, the Bruins have had trouble starting games with intensity and urgency, and that trend continued in the first period against the Trojans. Several mental lapses were taken advantage of by the host Trojans, catapulting them to a 4-1 lead to end the first. Finding a sense of urgency in the second, the lead was trimmed to 4-3. The third and final period provided enough drama for this game to live in infamy for future UCLA hockey programs to come. With 12 minutes remaining, the Bruins were penalized with a triple major penalty, effectively leaving them shorthanded for the rest of the game. Despite what seemed to be a reason to wave the white flag, the Bruins dominated play and generated several chances that were inches from breaking the goal line or staying between the pipes and tying the game. It’s safe to say more than enough anger is pent-up amongst the Bruins to make for an interesting game 2 versus USC.
That game will take place this Friday, November 16, at the Valley Ice Center in Panorama City. The puck will drop at 8:30 PM.
Following the loss to USC in game 1 of the Crosstown Cup, the Bruins had to immediately refocus, as they were to host the California Golden Bears the next two days. The two game sweep of Cal was a big statement for UCLA. In the first game, the Bruins fought back from a 6-4 deficit late in the third to win 7-6 in overtime. The second game was dominated from start to finish by UCLA, as they never trailed during the entire 4-2 win.
A more than significant amount of anger, desire, and momentum is being carried into the fast-approaching rematch the Trojans.