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UCLA Evens the Crosstown Cup Series 1-1

18 November 2012

November 16th, 2012 – The UCLA Bruins Men’s Ice Hockey team pulled off a gutsy win in game 2 of the Crosstown Cup Series against the rival USC Trojans. Entering the game they trailed the best of five series 1-0; the series evener allowed the Bruins to avoid a disastrous 2-0 that would require a three game sweep to take the series.

First period scoring was very streaky, as the Trojans jumped to a 2-0 lead early in the first, which was answered with a three goal spurt by the Bruins in the middle of the first. To close the goal-heavy first, the Trojans regained momentum with two goals of their own to retake the lead 4-3.

In the second, scoring alternated between both teams in succession. UCLA tied the game early, only to be countered with a fifth Trojan goal. Bruin forward Nick Panzica then completed the hatrick with his third goal of the game coming in the middle of the second and tying the score at 5-5. The period closed with a sixth Trojan goal to take the lead, and a David Giroux tip in to provide the Bruins sixth goal.

The defense finally held up for both teams in the third, as only one goal, the deciding goal, was scored by Bruin Nick Sims early in the third.

The chaotic win provided some extra stress for the Bruins team that is currently locked in a PAC-8 playoff race that appears to leave them vying for the final two spots with USC and the University of Washington Huskies. Nonetheless, they are happy about their ability to continually come back from early deficits, a trend that has started with the sweeps of Washington State and Cal.

Oliver Wills, who scored his first point of the year with an assist in the first, got to the bottom line: “Performance overall good. We got toclear out the front of the net, but we messed up but we made up for it. Quote that.”

Despite the six goals given up, according to backup goalie Rohit Seth, the Bruins accomplished what they set out to do: “I mean this is ‘SC weekend. You got to win, and you got to celly.”