The first leg of the road trip in Connecticut for the Sun Devils didn't start the way they planned, losing to Quinnipiac by the score of 5-0. It was all Bobcats from the word go, and the Sun Devils looked mismatched in terms of speed.
The 17th ranked team in the country scored early and often, with their first goal coming seven minutes into the first period. They followed that up with two goals in the 2nd and two goals in the 3rd to finish with five on the night. Quinnipiac finished the night with 57 shots to the Sun Devils' 14.
Maybe the only bright spot for the Sun Devils was the performance of Ryland Pashovitz. Over the course of three periods, the ASU net-minder stopped 52 pucks, including 20 in the first that kept the score at 1-0. If it wasn't for him, the Sun Devils could have been looking at a double digit defeat.
Out of the first three games that ASU has played, this game was to be the first huge test. The Sun Devils were on the road and playing a ranked team. A 5-0 loss isn't pretty, but it can be a learning tool for the Sun Devils as they continue this journey, with two more games in Connecticut before coming home.
The Sun Devils continue their tour of CT with a game tomorrow against the Huskies of UCONN.