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Sun Devils overpower Wildcats, Levin gets first career shutout

The Arizona State Sun Devils have scored at least ten goals in all three games this season.

Photo: Allyson Cummings

With just one game this weekend, the Arizona State Sun Devils got off to a hot start against Division II Weber State en route to a 10-0 victory.

The No. 2 team in the ACHA was sound defensively as it only allowed 15 shots and freshman goaltender Robert Levin recorded his first collegiate shutout.

"The guys really stepped up for me and I didn't really have to do much. It was just a good game," Levin humbly said.

There is no denying that Weber State is better than San Diego State, but the depth and speed of ASU was too much for the Wildcats to handle. Sean Murphy started the offense with a power play goal in the opening five minutes of the game. Arizona State was a perfect two for two on the man advantage and it improved to 60 percent on the power play this season.

"We're clicking," coach Greg Powers said. "There's good chemistry on every line. They're moving the puck so well and (Weber State) really isn't a bad team and I think that just showed how good we can be."

His comments on the team's puck movement was on point. The team had maybe one or two turnovers all night and all four lines made it look effortless to create space in the offensive zone.

The Sun Devils' top line of Kale Dolinski, Danny McAuliffe and Liam Norris combined for an impressive three goals and five assists and senior forward Brian McGinty continued his dominating play posting two more points. McGinty leads the team with nine points already this season.

Powers noted that his team did an exceptional job of discipline considering they committed just one penalty and the offense flourished against the 1-2-2 scheme from Weber State. As Powers puts it, "everything was clicking. Their goalie (Ian Frank) played well. I mean it could have been worse."

Arizona State connected with the post a handful of times Friday night and one of the headlines was that captain Colin Hekle could not catch a break. The program was certainly surprised that Hekle did not record a point in his first game of the year last weekend, but that was bound to end soon.

In the third period, Hekle scored back-to-back goals, including a cannon of a shot running the umbrella scheme on the power play.

"The (power play unit) is really good at creating some confusion and switching," Powers said. "When we practice our power plays every day on Friday on game days, they are going to see the toughest PK out of anyone they're going to see. So when it comes to game time, it's going to be a lot easier than practice because our penalty kill is that good."

The first two weekends are preparation for Arizona State to take on its rival, No. 20 University of Arizona in the Cactus Cup next weekend in Tempe.