The #3-seeded Bruins came out of the gate looking for the win. They scored the first two goals of Friday’s game against #2-seeded UC Berkeley on goals by David Stilling and Nicolas Saveljic.
But the Golden Bears responded with two of their own to tie the game up after the first quarter.
As the second quarter started Alex Roelse gave UCLA the lead back and Austin Rone pushed the lead back to two again with his goal with 6:48 left in the half. Odysseas Masmanidis cut the lead in half for the Bears but Roelse gave the Bruins a 5-3 lead 22 seconds later. But UC Berkeley fought back and cut the lead to one again before Stilling scored UCLA’s sixth goal of the game as time expired in the half.
In the third quarter, Jesse Camou scored the only goal of the quarter to increase the Bruins’ lead to 7-4.
The Golden Bears scored first in the fourth quarter to make it 7-5, but that was all the offense they could muster while Matt Farmer added an insurance goal for UCLA with 4:14 to go.
The win advances UCLA to today’s MSPF Championship game against Southern Cal and this game promises to be an exciting one. Just eight days ago, the two teams went into sudden victory overtime with UCLA coming out ahead.
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