For the first time all season, No. 17 Arizona State (16-10-1) has three consecutive losses.
The Sun Devils fell at the hands of Boston University (10-9-3) by a final score of 4-2 at Agganis Arena on Friday. ASU scored first in the opening frame, but their goal from senior forward Anthony Croston would be answered with two straight goals from BU, and ASU wouldn’t lead for the rest of the game.
Freshman forward Joel Farabee scored two goals for the Terriers, and BU also received tallies from junior defenseman Chad Krys and junior forward Patrick Curry.
ASU out shot Boston 17-6 in the third period when they were trailing by two goals, but Terrier junior goaltender Jake Oettinger continued to make big saves to keep the Devils at bay. Neither team scored in the final 20 minutes. ASU’s second goal came midway through the second period on a missile that was launched from the blue line by junior defenseman Brinson Pasichnuk.
The lead was trimmed to 3-2, but Boston answered back on a quirky bounce. Their fourth goal occurred on a shot that was tipped off the stick of ASU junior forward Dom Garcia, and redirected past junior goaltender Joey Daccord. It was an unfortunate bounce, and it was somewhat symbolic of the night.
ASU competed in spurts against a fast and skilled BU team, but the two-goal deficit entering the third period proved to be too much against a tough goaltender on Boston’s home ice. Additionally, although it was only a small sample size, ASU was 0-for-2 on the power play on Friday, which has been somewhat of a lingering concern as of late.
In their last 31 man advantages going into Friday, ASU was 3-31, which was good enough for under 6.5 percent on special teams.
However, unlike the team’s games against Cornell, ASU got off to a quick start on Friday night, but Boston’s quick response and offensive skill would be too much.
Up next, ASU will have to bounce back quickly as they are right back to the ice tomorrow night. Puck drop is at 5 p.m. local time.