ORANGE, CA – An early scoring outburst proved to the be the difference in Occidental's 13-6 win over Caltech in the SCIAC Championships play-in game on Friday afternoon.
During the first meeting between the two schools 13 days ago, Occidental used a late scoring surge to aid in their win. In Friday's win they did the exact opposite by starting quickly then rode that momentum to the win.
Occidental scored five goals in the first eight minutes of the game while holding the Beavers scoreless. Jack Stabenfeldt and Paul Bergevin scored two goals each in helping the Tigers grab the early edge. A Chris Bradley goal with 6:40 left in the second period ended the Beavers scoring drought. However, Occidental proceeded to score three straight unanswered goals to take an 8-1 lead at the halfway point.
Patric Eck and Bradley scored the third period's first two goals to bring the Caltech deficit down to 8-3 and give the Beavers a sliver of momentum. However, that five-goal spread was as close as Caltech would get. Occidental upped their lead by scoring two straight to end period as they took a 10-3 advantage heading into the final eight minutes of play.
In the final period each team found the back of the net on three occasions.
Bradley scored a Caltech best three goals while Jim Blackwood chipped in a pair. Eck rounded out the scorers for the Beavers.
Stabenfeldt had a game high five goals.
The Beavers will play La Verne at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.