UCLA’s Blake Wellen connected from two meters out with 0:01 second remaining in the second overtime period to give the Bruins a 12-11 win over Stanford in the MPSF Championship game.
UCLA trailed 10-9 with under two minutes to play in regulation when sophomore Jeff Pflueger skipped a goal past Stanford keeper Arik Goodman to knot the score at 10-10. The Bruin defense held the Cardinal for the duration of the period to force overtime.
Stanford drew first blood in the extra frames, with Peter Hudnut connecting on a lob shot. Wellen, however, got the best of the Cardinal defense in the second overtime period, hitting twice, including the game-winner with one tick left on the clock.
After a timeout, Stanford’s shot tipped off of the top post, sealing the victory for the Bruins as time expired.
#1 UCLA 2 4 1 3 1 0– 11
#2 Stanford 4 0 4 2 0 2– 12
Stanford Goals: Jonathan Skaalen 1, Andy Walburger 1, Sean Joy 2, Brian Heifferon 1, Michael Lipinski 2, Jeff Nesmith 1 (1 two-pointer), Peter Hudnut 2.
UCLA Goals: Adam Wright 2, Andrew Bailey 1 (1 two-pointer), Matt Flesher 1, Jeff Pflueger 1, Sean Kern 3, Blake Wellen 3.
Saves: Nick Ellis (Stanford) 2, Arik Goodman (Stanford) 10, Brandon Brooks (UCLA) 11.