After last night's 9-2 victory, the Arizona State Sun Devils were looking to add another game to the win column and have their first winning streak of the season. For the Sun Devils, the theme of the season has been firsts.
That continued Saturday night.
When the final horn sounded, ASU had completed the two-game sweep by defeating Southern New Hampshire 7-1.
It was a bit of a role reversal from last night's contest, as the Sun Devils were able to get on the board first courtesy of a Cody Gylling power play goal, the first of his collegiate career. They wouldn't stop there as Liam McGing would join the scoring to make it 2-0 Sun Devils. In the second period, the Sun Devils padded their lead with three goals, including one while shorthanded. On their first goal of the period, Joey Raats put one home to tally his second point of the night. In seven games this season, Raats has nine points.
"Joey's been good, he's been really good," said Arizona State coach Greg Powers. "We knew he was going to be good coming in and he's lived up to it. He's made some defensive, freshman mistakes early but he's really corrected those. He's a skilled defensemen with a high upside."
In the second period, Brock Krygier fired a laser from the point on the power play and found the net for his first career NCAA goal. Kyrgier spent time at Michigan State, but never scored a goal during his time there.
Freshman Anthony Croston also netted his first career goal while ASU was shorthanded. It was also — you guessed it — the Sun Devils' first shorthanded goal of the season.
The third period saw much of the same. Cody Gylling liked scoring his first career goal so much that he added a second goal in the third. Jordan Masters also found the net after making a couple of nifty moves to get past a few Southern New Hampshire defenders.
One first that fell just short was the first shutout of the season for the goaltending. Ryland Pashovtiz got the start and continued his hot streak. The lone goal he allowed in the third was the first even-strength goal the freshman has allowed since the UConn game.
The power play once again was clicking for the Sun Devils, as they cashed in on five of seven opportunities. That makes eight goals on eleven chances in their last two games.
ASU will hit the road next weekend for a two-game series against the Wisconsin Badgers on Oct. 30 and 31. The Sun Devils' next home games at Oceanside take place in early December, with Alberta coming to town.