San Jose, Calif. – After a long 15-hour bus ride The Wildcats (DII), despite a few rough games, came out on top; returning early Monday morning in first place. The Wildcats, not new to playing on the road, fought hard resulting in three of their four games going to OT or a Shootout. Arizona beat Cal Poly (4-3 OT) and West Valley College (5-0) giving goalie Kenny Eakle his first shutout of the season. The Wildcats are confident that they can hold on to first place heading into the next set of away games in Huntington Beach, Californa. "Overtimes and Shootouts are hard on the players, especially after a long trip and a physical game. The legs get tight and your playing with nothing left in the tank, you can't blame anyone for those losses. We hope we can put them behind us and continue to play at a high level." Head coach Brett Bushnell said.
The Wildcats secondary team (DIV) also had a successful weekend resulting in first place. The Team played four games and captured a win in three of them. Despite Arizona's successful weekend, Freshman Ryan Miller commented on the UCSB loss saying " It can be rough driving so many hours and not getting to the hotel until 2 am, it can be even worse with a 7 am game the next morning. We hate to make excuses but it gets hard to pick up your feet and get motivated in those games, and we just weren't mentally there." Despite this loss, MIiller said that the guys were ready to go for Huntington Beach.
Kenny Eakle (DII) will continue to hold down the crease in Huntington Beach. Kenny, who has 1 shutout, a 2.31 GAA, 106 SVS and a .914 SPCT in four appearances, is currently leading the league in all of the mentioned stats. In 12 games last year with the Wildcats, Eakle was 7-4-1 with a 3.23 GAA, and .846 save percentage but due to eligibility reasons was not able to compete at Nationals in Fargo, ND.