Over the past weekend, the Arizona State Sun Devils wrapped up their road trip with a visit to Colgate University in New York.
This weekend saw a similar result to the weekend before. One Loss. One tie. Definitely not the way you want to open up a season.
Game one saw the Devils getting handed their first shutout loss of the year. Starting in the first and continuing through the second and third, was a tightly checked game of defense. The only difference, Colgate was able to capitalize on their opportunities, ASU was not.
With just under 4 minutes left on the board in the first period, Colgate capitalized on a Sun Devil turnover, Tyler Jeanson with the marker. Unfortunately, not an uncommon occurrence with the Sun Devils who have struggled with turnovers this season.
The second period was 2 seconds away from a goalless period. On the power play, with just 2 seconds left, Colgate tallied their second of the night from Bobby McMann.
Those are the demoralizing goals, the ones that come that late in a period. Going from the mindset of being down 1-0 to being down 2-0, right as you’re thinking about going for a rest after a well-played period.
Halfway through the third, Evan Peterson, the co-captain, put the nail in the coffin of the Devils’ comeback. Peterson stripped the puck from the Devils attempting to begin a controlled break-out, leaving him one-on-one with Daccord and beating him. Peterson on the goal picked up his second point of the night (1-1-2).
The second game had a slightly better result, but a tie is no substitute for a “W”.
In what was a back and forth game of offensive possession, the Devils controlled play at times and were controlled just as often.
Going into the first intermission neither the Raiders or the Devils tallied any goals in a period which saw the Devils dominate and possess the puck in the offensive zone.
Halfway into the second, Tyler Busch, fresh out of the box, capitalized on a pass from Steenn Pasichnuk roofing one top shelf for the Devils’ first of the weekend. Pasichnuk responded to being a healthy scratch in the previous game by putting on a strong performance in game two. We hope to see him in the line-up this weekend as well.
The Devils went to the second intermission with their first lead of the weekend, 1-0.
Not long into the third, only 7 minutes, Tyler Penner redirected a pass from Ben Sharf into the net tying the game at 1-1. And that’s where the score would remain through three.
The NCAA has some funny overtime rules. Some games like the previous Saturday against Nebraska-Omaha, they will play 5-on-5, then 3-on-3, then a shootout, even though both teams were awarded a tie. Other nights like this Saturday against Colgate, it was just 5 minutes of 5-on-5.
And those 5 minutes were not enough as the game ended in a 1-1 tie and this “hot” take.
Ties belong in the NCAA as much as the Shootout belongs in the NHL #NoWayToEndAGame— Sam (@SamWill_18) October 29, 2017
Notes from the Inferno:
-Louie Rowe’s point drought extends to 6 games, scoring his last points against UMass-Amherst on opening weekend.
-The Devils’ PK was strong on the weekend stopping the Raiders power play on 8 of 9 chances. The Devils came into the match-up with one of the worst penalty kills in the NCAA
-Joey Daccord was strong again this weekend playing both games stopping 74/78 shots on goal good for a 94.9% save percentage.
-Game 2 was a Tyler Only occasion as the only two markers in the game came from Tyler Busch and Tyler Penner.
-Dominic Garcia had a dominant weekend killing penalties and hunting down pucks. Look for him to stay in the lineup against Alabama-Huntsville
-ASU adds another loss and another tie to their early season record of 1-5-2
ASU returns to Tempe as they face-off with the University of Alabama Huntsville this weekend. Come down to Oceanside in Tempe on Friday, Nov. 3rd and Saturday, Nov. 4th.
Start time is 7:05 pm for both games.