"With the problems with the pool Tuesday, and the fact that were able to overcome that, just shows our composure," Wright said. "We just had to battle back and play our game. Our guys didn't care that there wasn't a shot clock and they didn't care what the score was. It was something that maybe was good for us."
For Flintridge Prep, the loss to the Bulldogs definitely provided some bright spots for a team that is looking to improve after not being able to notch a win in Prep League play a year ago.
"We were just happy to be in the pool playing against someone," Coach Dan Hare said. "We haven't even started school yet, so this was nice to start the season and kinda see where we're at."
The Rebels were to able to stay in the match with Burbank due largely to the play of junior goalkeeper Brian Khin, who was making his first varsity start in the cage. Khin seemed fearless, continually thwarting Burbank's offense and coming up with big saves. He ended the match with 16 blocks.
"He's just not a typical kind of goalie," Hare said. "If he can play that way all year we're really going to have something. He really played his heart out and he was making a lot of those saves from point-blank range. Inside [five meters] he was just fearless."
The Bulldogs were missing their leading scorer from a year ago, Sam Akopian, who was still awaiting the completion of his paperwork for his physical. In his place, the team received six goals from Dante Nazarian and four from Zach Card. Daniel Gonzalez added two goals and Nick Erzumyan, Sean Savoy and Nicholas Vitaglano added a goal apiece.