The last time Faiz Khan scored a goal, it was in the national tournament against Stony Brook. So when the Seawolves came to town, the senior forward was ready to pounce.
He scored two goals, his first two goals of the season, helping to lift ASU to a 3-0 win against Stony Brook Thursday night.
"I think I just play well against this team," Khan said. "It was a huge relief. I've been chomping at the bit to get out there and it took a few games to get it going, but it felt good."
Khan and his linemates dominated the game from the start. Junior Ryan Belonger scored the first goal of the game - assisted by Khan - and junior David Norris assisted on all three goals.
Khan added an assist on Belonger's goal and the trio finished with seven of the game's nine points. They have played together every game since the start of the second semester. Coach Greg Powers said it makes him feel good as a coach when a line he puts together has a night like Thursday.
The Khan line got things going offensively then goalie Robert Levin played his trademark brand of lights-out hockey. He registered his seventh shutout, breaking his regular-season high of six last season before recording two more in the postseason.
Everything worked for the Sun Devils Thursday night, and next week when the Arizona Wildcats roll into town, ASU plans on doing the exact same thing.
"We just executed the way we wanted to play really well and when we do that, there's nobody that can beat us in this league," Powers said. "There's just not."
Three stars (selected by media)
Third star: David Norris, forward, Arizona State. Three assists.
Second star: Robert Levin, goaltender, Arizona State. Fifteenth career shutout, 25 saves.
First star: Faiz Khan, forward, Arizona State. Two goals, assist.