On Friday November 2nd, the #1 ranked Arizona State Men’s Hockey team continued their winning streak against rival UofA, with a new record of 12-0. This happens to be the team’s 27th consecutive win over their rivals from down south.
The maroon and gold displayed their talent on the ice, and played arguably their most disciplined game of the season. With only three penalties the entire game, ASU stayed out of the box and won the game 7-1.
Last time the Sun Devils faced the Arizona Wildcats, ASU racked up 38 minutes of penalties between the two games, and UofA committed 36 minutes worth. Forwards Brian Slugocki and Andrew Murmes combine for 9 out of the 10 UofA power play goals so far this season, and it was no secret that the key to ASU success was in their control.
Going into today’s game, assistant captain Danny McAuliffe commented that the goal was to “Just play our game and kind of embrace the rivalry and have fun.” Discipline was certainly a factor, and overcoming the rivalry and environment was huge.
The discipline was certainly tested in one of the hardest arenas to play in for a rival, and Arizona State came out firing.
The depth was unquestionably displayed throughout the team. Veteran Kale Dolinski had a hat trick, which marked his second one of the season, and freshman Stephen Collins had two goals throughout the game.
In the not so positive news, defenseman Jordan Young had to leave the game at the end of the second period due to a lower body injury. Defensemen Kyle Hughes and Sean Ritchie saw more ice time after Young’s departure, and Ryan Clark took a couple of his power play shifts.
Going into tomorrow, the Sun Devils look to do more of the same. Staying out of the box and using their ‘killer instinct’ are the main objectives. McAuliffe also commented “We won 27 against UofA, but ultimately we want to win 32.” #1 Arizona State takes on #17 UofA Saturday at 7:30pm at the Tucson Convention Center.