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No. 2 UCLA Falls to No. 2 California in Overtime, 11-8

Feb 6, 2021
Sophomore Bernardo Maurizi had a season-high 18 saves today against the Golden Bears.

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LOS ANGELES -- No. 2 UCLA (3-3, 2-3 MPSF) never trailed in regulation, but No. 2 California (3-2, 3-2 MPSF) rallied to defeat the Bruins in overtime, 11-8, on Saturday afternoon at USC's Uytengsu Aquatics Center.

Junior Jake Cavano and senior Nicolas Saveljic each scored two goals to lead the Bruins in scoring. Sophomore Bernardo Maurizi earned the start in goal and went the distance, recording a season-high 18 saves, just one off his UCLA freshman record of 19 set a year ago against La Salle.

The Bruins led 2-0 at the end of the first period, getting goals from sophomore Tommy Gruwell (power play - 6:37) and sophomore Andy Rodgers (power play - 2:23). The Golden Bears scored the first two goals of the second period, but Saveljic answered with a power play goal (2:38) to put the Bruins back in front. After Cal tied it at 3-3, Saveljic scored on another man advantage (1:53) to give UCLA a 4-3 lead at the break.

California outscored UCLA 3-2 in the third period to send it to the fourth, tied at 6-6. Both teams only managed to score one goal in the fourth. Bailey Jarvis put the Bruins in front with a score from the front court (7:01) and Cal got an equalizer from Nikolaos Papanikolaou (5:34) to end the scoring in regulation all tied at 7-7.

Mistakes proved costly to the Bruins, which gave up a penalty goal to Cal's Alika Naone as he would give the Golden Bears their first lead of the game in the first overtime period at 8-7 with 2:12 to go. Cavano scored his second of the game on a power play (1:36) to tie it at 8-8. But Cal ended the game with three unanswered goals, beginning with the eventual game-winner from Nikos Delagrammatikas with just 0:14 left in the first overtime period. Delagrammatikas scored a goal from the front court (0:50) late in the second overtime period to seal the win. The Golden Bears would add another penalty score, this time from Jack Deely (0:14), to provide the 11-8 final.

Adrian Weinberg registered 13 saves for California, which was led in scoring by Deely and Delagrammatikas, each with a hat trick.

The Bruins return to action tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. PT when they take on No. 1 Stanford (1-0, 1-0 MPSF) at USC's Uytengsu Aquatics Center.
 
No. 2 California vs. No. 2 UCLA (at USC Uytengsu Aquatics Center)

SCOREBOARD 1 2 3 4 1OT 2OT FINAL
No. 2 California 0 3 3 1 2 2 11
No. 2 UCLA 2 2 2 1 1 0 8

6x5 - UCLA - 6/13 - CAL - 4/8
Penalties - UCLA - 1/1 - CAL - 3/4

UCLA Goals: Nicolas Saveljic 2, Jake Cavano 2, Tommy Gruwell 1, Andy Rodgers 1, Mo Kenney 1, Bailey Jarvis 1
UCLA Saves: Bernardo Maurizi 18

CAL Goals: Nikos Delagrammatikas 3, Jack Deely 3, Nikolaos Papanikolaou 2, Alika Naone 2, George Avakian 1
CAL Saves: Adrian Weinberg 13