The Gulls on Wednesday reduced their roster to 21 by saying goodby to their two youngest players, center Michael Brewer, 23, and left wing Denny Lambert, 22.
Talk about experience, the average age on the Gulls now is 29.4.
Brewer, a rookie from Brown University, had not played in the club's eight games. He is expected to join the Canadian Olympic team. Lambert, last season's Most Improved Gull who had racked up 39 penalty minutes in three games this year, was loaned to St. Thomas of the Colonial Hockey League.
The Gulls go for their ninth consecutive victory to open the season today at Atlanta (4:35 p.m. PDT, delayed on KSDO-AM 1130 and KGMG-AM 1320 at 6:35). With games Friday in Cleveland and Saturday in Fort Wayne, the Gulls are going for the International Hockey League record of 10 victories in a row to open a season, set last year by Kansas City.
Point Loma Nazarene defeated host UC San Diego, 16-14, 15-9, 15-12, in a nonconference women's match behind Aurora Van Sickle and Roberta Smith's 12 kills each. Laura Kranz led UCSD (9-16) with 13 kills. PLNC improved to 15-6.
Katy Dulock had a goal and three assists to lead the UCSD women to a 4-0 victory over visiting Cal State San Bernardino in a nonconference game that completed the Tritons' regular season. Katie Larkin, Diana Muchowski and Michele Domico also scored for 12th-ranked UCSD (10-2-2), which will await word on where it will play in the NCAA Division III Regionals that begin Nov. 4.
George Hegarty scored five goals and Mike Nalu had four as UCSD routed visiting UC Riverside, 21-5. Marcello Giulianotti, Kevin Vance and Aaron Armstrong added three goals each for the Tritons (18-6), who were ranked eighth in the last NCAA Open Division poll.