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ASU Hockey: Norris family ensures series sweep against Arizona on senior night

The Norris brothers combined for five points and the illustrious home careers of two Sun Devil seniors came to an end.

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It's not often a hat trick gets overlooked, but when two Sun Devil greats hang up their skates for the final time at home, that's the story of the night.

Sophomore David Norris netted three goals helping ASU beat rival Arizona 7-2, but it was senior night and it included the last home games in the careers of Liam Norris and Faiz Khan.

"I'm speechless," said a visibly emotional Khan. "It's hard to take in."

Khan transferred to ASU after his freshman year at NCAA Division III UMass Boston and went onto score 50 points in 75 Sun Devil games. In 2012 he was instrumental in ASU's takedown of Division I Penn State, skating with Colin Hekle and Dan Styrna in a line that was nearly unstoppable.

Khan missed the first half of this season, then had his best night Jan. 22 against Stony Brook when he scored twice and had an assist.

"Faiz comes from a long line of family members that have been a part of this program," coach Greg Powers said. "He's always there for the big goal and the big moment and he's one of the most dependable kids I've ever coached."

Liam Norris will end his collegiate career as the winningest Sun Devil in program history. His 130-17-4 record at ASU will most likely never get touched, much less get broken. He constantly made everyone he played with better, teaming with Kale Dolinski and Danny McAuliffe for most of his career to form what Powers repeatedly called the best line in the country.

This year Norris leads all Sun Devils with 34 assists and 44 points.

Last season's senior night festivities were ruined by a surprise Wildcat upset. Norris hadn't forgotten what that was like.

"It was the worst feeling I've had here, ever," Norris said. "To go out there and beat them as bad as we did this weekend just felt really good. Redemption for all the guys last year."

The Norris family wouldn't allow this season to end like the last. The younger Norris David had three goals in a masterful performance where the only question was why didn't he score more. He was in the perfect zone, scoring five times in the two games against Arizona. Four were assisted by Liam.

"He plays the same why I do but he can score a little easier than I can," Liam said. "We're just having fun with it."

ASU has now won 45 of the last 46 meetings between the two schools.

Three stars (selected by media)

Third star: Coda Engbar, forward, Arizona State. First goal of the season.

Second star: Liam Norris, forward, Arizona State. Two assists.

First star: David Norris, forward, Arizona State. Hat trick.