CSU Fullerton goes 4-1 on the weekendUniversity of Arizona hands Titans their only blemish
Posted: January 29, 2017 6:38AM; Updated: January 29, 2017 12:41PM
After ending Saturday on a down note, CSU Fullerton came back Sunday morning to complete their weekend, facing off for the 2nd time in as many days against Northern Arizona University. A much different game from Saturday (9-0 Fullerton win), this game went down to the wire, ending in a 6-4 win for Fullerton. Scoring started quickly in the 1st, just 38 seconds in, on a goal from Fullerton’ s James Lovberg. Northern Arizona scored next, a power play goal by Sam Fleming from Trevor Riffey. In the final 2 minutes of the 1st, Fullerton’s Ricky Mays added 2 outstanding goals for the Titans, to take a 3-1 lead into the 1st intermission. Fullerton added another at 5:48 remaining in the 2nd, making it 4-1. NAU battled back, with 2 straight goals, making it 4-3 with 9:31 remaining in the game. Fullerton’s Ricky Mays completed his hat trick with 4:49 remaining in the game, going up 5-3. NAU pulled the goaltender early, around the 2 minute mark. The pressure of the 5th man forced Fullerton to take a penalty with 32 seconds left, as a rebound was loose in front of the Fullerton net, and a scramble of 5 or 6 players resulted in a holding penalty for Fullerton. NAU scored just 7 seconds into the power play, from Riffey, his 2nd power play goal of the game. NAU kept the goaltender pulled and Fullerton’s Anthony Squirek added the empty netter with 15 seconds left to seal the win.
Saturday had its highs and lows for the Titans, as they started off with a 9-0 win against Northern Arizona University, followed by a win against Cal Poly Pomona, in which they led 6-2 early in the 3rd, but took their foot off the gas, ending in a 7-5 win. In the evening session, CSU Fullerton faced off against Division I Long Beach State and prevailed by a score of 6-4, featuring a hat trick from Fullerton’s James Lovberg.
In the Saturday nightcap came Fullerton’s low, a 6-5 loss to University of Arizona, their first loss of the season. Fullerton jumped out to an early lead and led 3-1 at the end of the 1st. The 2nd period was all Arizona, scoring 3 goals to take the lead 4-3 into the 3rd, with a couple goals that you may call flukey, but were made possible by hard work and determination. The same can be said in the 3rd, when just under 4 minutes in, Arizona’s Matt Duffy hustled from his defensive half up the left side of the rink, with a defender on his heels, and backhanded it blocker side on the Fullerton goaltender. Arizona added another goal just 1 minute later, going up 6-3. Fullerton’s Troy Yano added 2 goals in the 3rd to get within 1, and with the goaltender pulled for the last minute were unable to tie it up.