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ASU Hockey Sweeps UofA in Dominating Fashion

Arizona State forward Kale Dolinski tore up the stat sheet against the Wildcats

Allyson Cummings (Walter Cronkite Sports Network)

The third ranked Arizona State Sun Devils entered the weekend series hoping to win 26 in a row against their rival from down south.

After 11-3 and 4-1 crushing victories against Arizona, the Sun Devils made their hopes a reality. Alternate captain Kale Dolinski missed the season opener against Texas A&M with strep throat, but he came out firing this weekend. Dolinki, the Wildcat killer, scored four goals and had three assists in the series.

He spent the majority of even strength hockey playing alongside Liam Norris and Danny McAuliffe, and Colin Hekle was his typical line mate on the penalty kill. Norris finished the series with a team high four assists.

There is no rivalry without some heads butting and that's exactly what happened in Saturday night's game. Surprisingly, there were no five-minute fighting majors given out all weekend, but there was a lot of extra curricular activity after the whistle.

In the beginning of the third period on Saturday, ASU's freshman forward Brian McGinty and Arizona defenseman Michael Basist were each given two minute roughing penalties. The two stood up in the penalty box and continued yelling at each other through the glass.

Freshman defenseman Jordan Young continued his inspired play for the Sun Devils and is leading the team with ten points after three games.

Wildcat sophomore goaltender Robert Schultz played in his first ever game against the Sun Devils Friday night and gave up 11 goals. Sun Devils goalie Joe D'Elia stopped 91 percent of the shots he faced and improved to 3-0 on the season.

ASU travels next weekend to play tenth ranked Iowa State on Friday and Saturday nights.