CSU answered with three goals of their own during the second with two from Kale Nelson and one from Derek Koll to head into halftime leading 5 – 3.
Goalies Sean Koffel and Alex Smith each tallied five saves in the first half. Both teams stepped up the defensive intensity in the second half, but it was UA who managed to close the gap to one with Sean Kerley's second goal of the game in the third quarter.
Not to be outdone, Bo Everett ripped his third goal of the game, marking the only score given up by the Wildcat defense in the second half.
Down two, Arizona tried numerous times to put together a fourth-quarter rally but was turned away by Smith and the Ram defense. It wasn't until midfielder Bryan Moore drove the crease and scored while being knocked to the ground that the Wildcats were able to pull within one.
UA played tough defense down the stretch turning away the CSU offense, and got possession of the ball with 21 seconds left in the game. After a timeout, Arizona had two chances to score but was denied, and suffered their first loss of the season.
Now with a record of 2 – 1, UA will be idle next weekend and will host a much improved Arizona State squad on February 28.
"We executed the game plan and we didn't let them dictate the pace of play," said defenseman Jeff Kinsella. "This team can play better though, and it was a good barometer for the younger kids to find out how intense games will be in the WCLL playoffs and in St. Louis."