Talk about no pity for the kitty. the Arizona State hockey team extended its win streak over the University of Arizona to 33 games with a 5-1 victory Friday night in Tempe.
ASU senior captain Colin Hekle has grown fond of the Arizona rivalry and the massive win streak he has helped build.
"I love it," said Hekle. "I come more intense to these games than any other game because of the rivalry. The worst thing for me would be to lose against these guys and ruin the streak in my last year. It's not going to happen."
Hekle scored ASU's second goal by tipping home a blue-line shot from Jarrod Levos. The Sun Devils all freshman line of Patrick Yudez, Zack Holstrom, and Chris Burkemper shined in their first rivalry game. Yudez and Holstrom had a goal and assist each while Burkemper picked up a helper. Jordan Young and Alex Temby each scored a goal from the blue line to add to ASU's win.
Goaltender Joe D'Elia would stop 18 of 19 Wildcat shots in a winning effort. Coach Greg Powers said after the game freshman Robert Levin would start in goal tomorrow night. The move is to get Levin more experience and has nothing to do with D'Elia's play.
You would expect a hockey game to get rough between ASU and Arizona, and while nobody dropped gloves tonight, there were plenty of skirmishes between the Sun Devils and Wildcats. Arizona forward David Rizk was ejected in the third period after an illegal hit from behind on Holstrom.
"It was dirty," said Powers about the hit. "His [Holstrom] back was clearly turned and that kid [Rizk] took five steps at him right in front of our bench. We're just thankful the linesman caught it and they made the right call. It's hockey... it happens."
ASU won tonight's game comfortably, but there's plenty to improve on for tomorrow night's game. The lone Wildcat goal from Grant Nicholson cut the lead to two goals in the second period. It was a great play by Arizona, but ASU surrendered a lot of momentum in the minutes following the score. The Sun Devils also failed to cash in on two minutes of five-on-three power play after Wil Pointon took a bad penalty during Rizk's five-minute major.
"I think it's going to be a pretty intense game," said Hekle. "The tempers are going to get up like usual and it will be fun."