No. 2 UCLA Posts 11-10 Victory at No. 3 Stanford
STANFORD, Calif. -- No. 2 UCLA (6-3, 5-3 MPSF) used a balanced scoring effort to pull off an 11-10 victory over No. 3 Stanford (1-3, 1-3 MPSF) on Saturday morning at Avery Aquatic Center. The Bruins had six different players score, including three players with multiple goals. Senior Nicolas Saveljic led the way with four goals on the morning, following his eight-goal performance against the Cardinal in the last meeting.
Freshman Mo Kenney got the Bruins on the board first with a power play goal (4:44). The Cardinal jumped out to a 2-1 lead after two quick goals, including a 5-meter penalty shot from Tyler Abramson and an even strength goal from AJ Rossman. Senior Chasen Travisano answered with a weak-side goal (1:27) to tie things up, before Stanford scored again to head into the second quarter up 3-2.
The Cardinal took a two-goal lead early in the second frame, but junior Jake Cavano fired off of an ordinary foul (5:38) to cut the deficit to 3-4. Redshirt freshman Jack Larsen capitalized on a near-side goal during a man-up opportunity (3:16) to knot it up again, but Stanford answered with a goal of its own to take a 5-4 lead into the break.
Cavano opened the scoring in the third (7:38) with his second goal of the game that tied it up at 5-5. Saveljic's first goal came on a power play (3:36) that put the Bruins back in front, 6-5. After Stanford tied it on a penalty shot, Saveljic found the back of the net again (2:04) with a strike from the front court. Riley Pittman scored on a power play for the Cardinal (1:05) to send the game into the fourth quarter all tied up at 7-7.
UCLA scored the first three goals of the fourth quarter to pull away from the Cardinal. Kenney scored his second of the game at even strength (7:26) and then Saveljic completed his hat trick (5:30). Saveljic's fourth goal came on a penalty shot (3:34) and game the Bruins a 10-7 advantage. After Quinn Woodhead scored for Stanford, redshirt junior Evan Rosenfeld scored a power play goal (2:48) to make it 11-8, that would prove to be the game-winner. The Cardinal got a power play goal from Larsen Weigle (1:35) and a counter score from Abramson (0:42) to trim the Bruins' lead to 11-10. Stanford also got a steal and had the ball for the final 0:17 of the game, but failed to get a shot off.
Sophomore Bernardo Maurizi led the way for UCLA's defensive effort, logging 10 saves on the game.
Nolan Krutonog registered seven saves for Stanford, which was led in scoring by Abramson's hat trick.
The Bruins will return to action tomorrow when they take on No. 1 California for a fourth time this season on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 10:00 a.m. PT.
No. 2 UCLA at No. 3 Stanford (Avery Aquatic Center)
|No. 2 UCLA||2||2||3||4||11|
|No. 3 Stanford||3||2||2||3||10|
6x5 - UCLA - 2/9 - STAN - 3/8
Penalties - UCLA - 1/1 - STAN - 2/3
STAN Goals: Tyler Abramson 3, Jackson Painter 2, AJ Rossman 1, Ethan Parrish 1, Quinn Woodhead 1, Riley Pittman 1, Larsen Weigle 1
STAN Saves: Nolan Krutonog 7
UCLA Goals: Nicolas Saveljic 4, Mo Kenney 2, Jake Cavano 2, Evan Rosenfeld 1, Jack Larsen 1, Chasen Travisano 1
UCLA Saves: Bernardo Maurizi 10