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ASU Hockey: Sun Devils stumble in first of two against Wisconsin

The Sun Devils had the lead, but it didn't take long for the Sun Devils to stumble.

Chris Safran/The State Press

The Wisconsin Badgers was always going to be a tough test for the Arizona State Sun Devils, and coach Greg Powers acknowledged it this week.

"Wisconsin's really good, their a really talented team," said Powers back on Wednesday. "People like to say 'oh, they haven't won yet', their 0-3-3. Two of their losses are against BU and BC, who are elite programs. They have three times and one loss by one goal. They easily could be 4-2, easily.

On Friday night, the Sun Devils got out to lead, with Jordan Masters scoring 12 seconds into the second period and it looked like they could pull off the upset on the road.

At least it appeared that way for 48 seconds. That's how long it took for the Badgers to even things up.

From there, Wisconsin was off to the races, scoring another four goals — including a penalty shot — as the marched to a 5-1 victory.

Ryland Pashovitz made another start, as Robert Levin remains sidelined with an ankle injury, and made 51 saves on 56 shots. This is the second time already this season that Pashovitz has made 50 plus saves in a contest.

The Masters goal was his third of the season and his eighth point, tying defenseman Joey Raats for the team lead.

Wisconsin and the Sun Devils will meet again tomorrow night at 5:00 p.m. PST, as ASU hopes to get back into the win column.