Every goalie give up goals. No matter how talented, eventually a puck will find its way to the back of the net, and often times, all it takes is one to get a scoring barrage started.
On Thursday night. the undefeated Arizona State Sun Devils, ranked No. 2 in the ACHA, hosted No. 23 Eastern Michigan. On paper and on the ice, ASU outclassed the Eagles in every aspect and looked to cruise to their tenth win of the year.
However, EMU goalie Andrew Duff had other ideas early on.
The Sun Devils shot early and often in the opener period, yet time after time Duff was equal to the task. By the time the first 20 minutes ended, he had turned back all 22 ASU shots. With their goalie standing on his head behind him, the Eagles took advantage of ASU penalties, and scored the first period's only goal on a 5-on-3 power play, one of just five shots the team had in the period.
Upset alert? Not exactly.
Thanks to EMU's own problems with penalties, the Sun Devils stormed back in the second. Darcy Charrois evened the game with the man advantage, and assisted on Brian McGinty's go-ahead power play goal shortly thereafter. Unfortunately, the Eagles were able to tie the game with a shorthanded goal, but that merely served as the catalyst for Sun Devils' killing blow.
Goals by Stephen Collins, Ben Findlay, Jordan Young and Dan Styrna followed to give the Sun Devils a a 6-2 lead after the second period and sealed Eastern Michigan's fate.
Collins was far from done om the night. He struck again on the power play in the third period, then completed the hat trick later with this unbelievable goal:
For good measure, captain Colin Hekle capped the evening's scoring with his team-leading 11th goal of the season.
On the night, ASU outshot Eastern Michigan 65-15. Goalie Joe D'Elia picked up the win to move to 7-0-0 on the season.
The Sun Devils will take to the ice again on Friday night, as they will host Colorado State, with the puck dropping at 8:00 p.m.