King’s Cup: Lions Hang on for Semi-Final Win

The Lions played another close game with UCLA, this time coming out on top 5-4. The game marked the Semi-Final for the Kings Cup, a Southern California collegiate tournament hosted by the Kings. With the win, the Lions will now play for the Championship at Staples Center following the Kings game on February 23rd. The game didn’t start out well as UCLA pressured early and scored on their first shift. The Lions would tie it early in the second as Jorgensen fired home a rebound. LMU would take a 2-1 lead on another rebound goal, this one from Costin. UCLA would tie it 2-2 in the 2nd. In the third the Lions started converting on some of their many chances, with Vitta scoring on a shot from the slot. The next shift Tracy fired one five hole from the half boards, and John Lovelace scored his first collegiate goal on a rebound from the slot. UCLA would score two power play goals down the stretch as the Lions got into penalty trouble again, but the Lions held on for the victory. The Lions outshot the Bruins 42-22, and grossly out chanced the Bruins but the UCLA goalie held the Lions at bay for most of the game. Stizman stood strong throughout the game to get his second straight win and the Lions are 3-0 on the semester. Next the Lions travel to San Jose for the SJSU showcase, and will play SJSU, Denver and Boise St.