Arizona State's Connecticut road trip continued Friday night as they took on the UConn Huskies, hoping to rebound from their loss to the 17th ranked team in the country the night before. In the end, the Sun Devils fell to the Huskies by a final score of 5-1.
From the first puck drop, UConn was able to jump out and be in front. The Huskies got onto the board early, scoring 1:42 into the first period.
And then the flood gates opened.
By the time the first period was over, the Sun Devils found themselves in another hole, down 3-0.
Robert Levin got the start for the Sun Devils and made three saves, to go along with that first goal, before being removed in favor of Ryland Pashovitz, who made 52 saves last night. Pashovitz didn't last too long either, giving up three goals and making five saves. Pashovitz was replaced by David Jacobson, making his NCAA debut in tonight's contest. Jacobson was the bright spot for the Sun Devils, only allowing one goal and making 28 saves.
Jacobson wasn't the only Sun Devil to make his NCAA debut. Forward Cody Gylling and defensemen Liam McGing and Nicholas Gushue also cracked the lineup.
Ryan Belonger put home the only Sun Devil goal on the night, his second of the season. The Sun Devils were out-shot 41-25.
One of the issues plaguing the Sun Devils has been discipline. The Sun Devils gave UConn six power play opportunities Friday night. With the speed of the NCAA being a huge transition for ASU, giving the opposition a number of chances with the extra man will only come back to haunt them, as it did twice Friday.
The Sun Devils will hope to salvage one victory on this road trip Saturday when they take on Sacred Heart at 5:30 .m. Arizona time.