Coming off a rough couple of road trips to Air Force and Omaha, Arizona State (1-5-2) traveled northeast to take on the Colgate Raiders (3-2-3) on Friday night and Saturday afternoon.
In a season that has largely been predicated on missed opportunities and bad discipline it was deja vu all over again in Hamilton, New York.
Friday night’s game was a mirror image of Arizona State’s losses to Omaha, as the Devils fell behind early and were never able to battle back, dropping the series opener by a score of 3-0. ASU was 0-5 on the power play on the night and allowed one man-advantage goal to the Raiders.
One of the lone bright spots of the night was goaltender Joey Daccord who saved 31 of 34 Colgate shots in the losing effort. Daccord was overshadowed; however, by Colgate net minder Colton Point who saved all 20 shots he faced including numerous A+ chances for ASU.
Much like last weekend the Devils came out much stronger in game two.
Both goalies shined early on, as the game was tied through the first 30 minutes. With just over nine minutes remaining it was sophomore Tyler Busch who put the Devils up on a fast break goal following a penalty kill.
The Raiders answered midway through the third, scoring with just over seven minutes remaining to tie the game at one.
That’s where the score would remain for the rest of the game and through overtime when the game was declared a tie, with a final score of 1-1.
In a weekend dominated by impressive goaltending, it was the ASU goalie that really made his mark on the series finale this afternoon. Daccord stopped 47 of 48 shots good for a .979 SV% compared to Points 21 saves on 22 shots.
The power play struggles continued in game two for the Sun Devils who were 0-for-4 with a man advantage today.
Heading into their next games against the University of Alabama at Huntsville, the Sun Devils’ special teams play will need to be one of the focal points at practice.
Both games are set for 7:05 pm MST from Oceanside Ice Arena as the Devils will look to get back on track on home ice.