Pac-8 Quarterfinals: UCLA vs USC
Just one weekend after falling to UCLA in their final two regular season games, Southern California defeated UCLA 4-3 on Friday in the opening round of the Pac-8 tournament.
Senior winger Jack D'Anna scored all four goals for the Trojans while his linemate, center Chase Thesman, contributed three assists to the effort.
"It's not my first four-goal game, but I just like helping the team," said D'Anna. "I love playing on a line with Thesman because he's such a good passer."
Southern California head coach Tyler Maxwell, who helped lead UCLA to the Pac-8 Championship last season as an assistant coach, knocked off his old team for the fourth time in six meetings.
The Trojans began the scoring with 2:52 remaining in the first period, on a power-play goal by D'Anna coming on a pass from Thesman. UCLA struck back 59 seconds later when Theo Haboucha converted a two-on-one chance to tie the score at one.
The Trojans pulled ahead by two goals to start the third period on D'Anna's fourth goal assisted by Thesman and Travis Schwartz.
UCLA would answer 61 seconds later when Michael Rosholt converted a breakaway opportunity to bring UCLA back within one goal yet again.
UCLA carried the play in the game's final 10 minutes as Southern California found itself in penalty trouble. The Trojans committed four roughing minors in the third period. Trojan goaltender Cameron Podd, who turned away 15 shots in the third period and 37 overall, helped overcome Southern California's undisciplined play to close the Trojans opening round victory and a birth in the semifinals.
Pac-8 Semifinals: USC vs. California
Following a first-round bye at the Pac-8 tournament, the top-seeded California Golden Bears took down Southern California, 5-2, Saturday in the Pac-8 semifinals.
Four different scorers tallied goals for Cal while the Trojans received scoring from star forwards D'Anna and Thesman.
Cal opened the scoring midway through the first period when center Gabriel Giammarco converted a behind-the-back pass from left winger Steve Bagley.
Cal extended their lead five minutes and 25 seconds into the second period after defenseman Jeffrey Chen picked up the puck behind his own goal and rushed it end-to-end, finishing with a with a forehand fake to beat Trojan goalie Cameron Podd.
Southern California, however, would not go quietly. After a wrap-around goal by forward Andrew Philps was disallowed, the Trojans put on the pressure. With 3:36 remaining in the second period, Thesman pounced on a rebound off a shot by D'Anna and backhanded the puck past goalie Everett Morton to bring the Trojans within a goal.
Southern California continued their flurry in the third period, tying the game at two when D'Anna scored on a pass from freshman Scott Voigt.
After Cal's Devin Cox was called for a holding penalty, things looked good for the Trojans, until a defensive miscommunication allowed Cal defender Jordan Thompson to walk into the slot and fire a puck by the blocker side of Podd for the shorthanded, game-winning goal.
Cal would add two more goals from Noah Speiser, one on an empty net, as the Golden Bears moved on to the finals.
Pac-8 Third Place Game: USC vs. Washington
Southern California and Washington combined for 15 goals in a wild 60 minutes of play as the Huskies defeated the Trojans 8-7 to win third place in the Pac-8 tournament.
Washington freshman Mac Fair scored four times and senior Ryan Jaromin scored twice to propel the Huskies to victory in a back-and-forth contest.
With just minutes elapsed in the first period, Southern California defenseman Drew Mcgrane left the game with a separated shoulder, forcing the Trojans to play four defensemen.
Fair opened the scoring 8:21 into the first period on a tipped shot from forward Jordan Fitzgibbon.
Washington would jump out to a 4-1 lead before Southern California players found their legs.
Thesman scored two goals for the Trojans, only 24 seconds apart; one on a short pass in front of the net by Travis Schwartz and the other off a deflected pass by Keegan Jones that Thesman one-timed into the top corner, bringing Southern California within a goal.
Two minutes later, Schwartz helped Southern California tie the score on a breakaway goal.
Washington took the lead right back 30 seconds later on Mason Friedman's first goal of the game.
The two teams traded goals to end the second period and begin the third bringing the score to 7-6. With 2:06 remaining, Thesman tied the game on a clutch power-play goal to tie the game for the fourth time.
It looked like the two teams would need overtime to decide third place in the Pac-8 when a shot from Jaromin, the Huskies' captain, found its way past Podd for the game-winner.
With the win, Washington secured the third overall position to end the Pac-8 season while Southern California finished fourth.