The Arizona State Sun Devils faced off against their first Ivy League opponent of the season. The Princeton Tigers.
Game 1 on Friday night did not go over well as the Devils allowed two goals near the middle of the first period on tallies by Eric Robinson and David Hallisey, the latter on the power play.
Princeton took a 2-0 lead into first intermission.
Princeton wasted no time at all to extend their lead in the second period. Just 34 seconds in, Alex Riche scored for the Tigers.
This has seemed to be a consistent problem for the Devils. Many of their period starts have been sluggish and surprised by the instant continuation of the previous period. Something to look out for in the future.
Through an uneventful remaining 19 minutes and 26 seconds, the Devils remained scoreless at the end of two.
Through the third period, while both teams traded power play opportunities, neither capitalized. Princeton topped it off with a fourth goal as the Devils couldn’t buy a goal.
Princeton took Game 1 in a 4 to nothing, ASU’s third shutout loss of the season.
Game 2 turned out to be a much more entertaining matchup as the Devils brought in a big shakeup to the lines scratching big names like Jakob Stridsberg, Captain Dylan Hollman, and Alternate Captain Louie Rowe.
This shake-up to the line up seemed to wake up the team.
The Tigers drew first blood as Alex Riche dangled through the defense and put one past Daccord.
The Devils ended their 5th straight period scoreless.
That changed when the Devils finally clicked on the power play as newly anointed Alternate Captain Tyler Busch sniped one top shelf to tie the game.
Things really blew up in the third period.
Just over a minute into the third, “Old Man Norris” the senior, cleaned up a rebound to give the Devils their first lead of the night and weekend.
Just over halfway through the period, Princeton gets some puck-luck as a puck dribbles just past net-minder Joey Daccord.
Not much later, Princeton took the lead again as Ryan Kuffner scored his second of the night and second of three minutes.
With a late penalty in the third period, the Devils caught a break drawing a roughing penalty. Daccord came to the bench for the 2-man advantage and Johnny Walker tied the game, deflecting Brett Gruber’s hard shot.
To overtime we go.
With not much overtime success, the Devils went into it determined to pick up a win, not another tie and certainly not another loss.
Not two minutes into overtime, “Old Man Norris” struck again! Norris ripped a slapper, where it went off the goaltender Halford and in. See it below:
Notes from the Inferno:
-This was the first time this season a captain, much less two, have been scratched. Powers looked to send a message that no one was safe from the consequences of poor play.
-The Devils split this series with the Tigers for an overall season record of 4-9-3 (W-L-T).
-Joey Daccord played both games stopping 28/32 (87.5%) shots on Friday and 35/38 (92.1%) shots on Saturday night.
-Princeton’s Max Veronneau and Alex Riche each had 4 point weekends (0-4-4) and (2-2-4) respectively.
-Tyler Busch (1-1-2), Brett Gruber (0-2-2), Brinson Pasichnuk (0-2-2) and senior David Norris (2-0-0) all had two-point games on Saturday.
ASU faces off against Colorado College in Colorado Springs this weekend on a rare Saturday (12/16 @ 6 pm) and Sunday (12/17 @ 2 pm) series. The Devils won't play again until the “Three Rivers Classic” in Pittsburgh, PA.