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The WCHC Championship was won by ASU only moments before the start of the LMU game. The Lions faced off against LBSU for third place in the WCHC Conference playoffs. This game was more jovial than hard hitting for both teams, who have come to know each other well over the past 4 years. This being the third game in 2 weeks between the two opponents. LMU would score first, and only trailed one time in the game for a few minutes. Besides that, it was all offense from both teams, with Seniors Tracy (4G-5A-9P) Martins (2G-4A-6P) and Fink (1G-3A-4P) leading the team in scoring on the night. Evan Ng notched two goals, for 3 total on the weekend. Kevin Paynter and Gage Jorgensen had the other goals for the Lions who won the game 11-7. Blazier was solid in net while being left to fend for himself a good amount. The Lions next game is playing for the Kings Cup at Staples Center on February 23rd, where they'll take a 4th and final crack at beating Northridge this season.
The Lions fell 6-4 to CSUN in the semi-final of the WCHC playoffs. CSUN would score first, but Tracy was able to tie the game up with a late first period goal. In the 2nd, the Lions took a 2-1 lead on a Kyle Martins goal, only to have CSUN score 3 goals in the 2nd to lead 4-2 after 2 periods. In the third, the Lions looked to have some life as Ng fired a puck in from the point to bring it to a 4-3 deficit. CSUN would score two goals over the next few minutes to take a 6-3 lead. In a comeback attempt, Fink scored on an end to end rush to bring it to 6-4, but the Lions wouldn't net another goal, and would fall 6-4.
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The Lions swept the weekend home and home series against Long Beach with a 5-2 victory on the road Friday night. LBSU would score first, with a deflection finding its way into the net. The Lions would answer back with only 4 seconds left in the first, as Fink fired home a rebound on the power play. In the 2nd, LBSU would score early on another deflection to take a 2-1 lead, but that was it for the Beach. The Lions' Keith Lawton would continue his impressive weekend with 2 goals in the second to give LMU a 3-2 lead at the 2nd break. In the third, Trevor Tracy would poke in the third rebound attempt halfway into the third, and then he'd finish the game with an empty net goal. The win clinched the third playoff spot in the WCHC playoffs, which the Lions will be hosting next weekend. LMU will now face CSUN in the WCHC semi-finals on Friday.
Kings Cup Finals
2/23 vs. CSUN
LMU 11 - LBSU 7
LMU 4 - CSUN 6
LMU 5 - LBSU 2
LMU 6 - LBSU 4