Corona del Mar’s eight goal second quarter and suffocating defense led to Yorba Linda’s first round exit from the playoffs. The Mustang were able to stay close for the first 12 minutes and started the second quarter trailing only 5-3. Any hope Yorba Linda had of an upset were squashed when CdM unloaded with eight unanswered goals in the second quarter and three more in the second half to capture the 14-3 victory. CdM hosts Tesoro in Thursday’s second round game.
Stephen Von Der Ahe (4g) Kyle Young (2g, 2a) and Eric Fries (3g, 1a) lead the scoring with four points each. Sachin Gokhale (1g), Will Favreau (2g), Ryan Meckler (1a), Jack Denning (1a), Will Cord (1g), Jason Simaan (1g), and Grant Spruce (1a) also picked up points.
The defense made sure the goalie team of Nick Guizan (1 save), Parker Susolik (1 save) and Kyle Cord (2 saves) were well rested for the next game by allowing only seven shots on goal. The faceoff team of Jason Simaan, Matt Saucedo, and Nick Puglia won 19 pf the 20 faceoffs.