Big Weekend for Long Beach!
Sunday, 01.27.2013 / 9:40 PM / Uncategorized
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This past weekend the 49ers had a full bench for nearly the first time in three months. With high hopes for the weekend, things started off Friday night against local rival, Cal. State Fullerton Titans. The Titans opened up the scoring in the first only to fall down 2-1 as the period came to close, however, a late first period goal by the Titans tied the game. Through the next two periods, Long Beach increased their lead to 4-2 only to see Fullerton climb back into the game to tie the score again. As the game wound down the play went end to end for several minutes until a shot by Mike Hakimi put the 49ers ahead by one with four minutes to play. Fullerton made a strong push to tie the game but strong goaltending and team defense secured the first win of the weekend.
Saturday night brought the team to Skating Edge with an eye set on avenging an embarrassing 8-1 loss to Loyola Marymount Lions in November. The first period was controlled by the Lions as they had several quality scoring opportunities against 49er goalie Steven Strother, which never found the back of the net. Strother continued his strong play throughout the game, but two goals in the second and a goal in the third had the 49ers down 3-0 with just over 10 minutes remaining in the game. With time winding down the Lions got into penalty trouble, allowing the 49ers a small window of opportunity to get back into the game. Goals by Abramson(2), Hakimi, and Bunting in the final 12 minutes saw the 49ers chip at and eventually overcome the Lions lead, winning 4-3.
Next weekend brings the Lions and Titans to Lakewood Glacial Gardens, Friday and Saturday night at 7:20p respectively, as the 49ers try to close out the regular season with wins. Additionally, the 49ers have a chance at the WCHC Championship and the battle for the title starts off Friday 2/8/13 at 3:30p at KHS Ice Arena against Loyola Marymount. A win will see them to the final on 2/9/13, to the winner of Northern Arizona v Fullerton.
Come and show your support for your Long Beach State 49ers and cheer them on this weekend!