ASU Sun Devils Beat Liberty 3-2 In OT

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ASU Sun Devils Defeat The Liberty Flames 3-2 In Overtime  

“I thought that was probably the sloppiest game we’ve played,” ASU Sun Devils coach Greg Powers said postgame on Thursday night.

That statement would typically pertain to a loss, but the No. 1 Sun Devils squeaked out a victory in overtime over No. 4 Liberty.

“It was really up and down … I’m not happy with how we played but like I told the guys sometimes you got to win ugly and that’s what we did,” Powers said.

While the game didn’t pan out as Powers expected, the game-winner was anything other than ugly.

As the final seconds ticket down in overtime, freshman forward Ryan Ostertag — the game-tying hero in ASU’s last game against Oklahoma — buried a wrister top shelf for the win.

“It’s always nice to get a goal like that and finish off a win like that,” Ostertag said. “It’s special.”

Oddly enough, the two times these teams played each other over the last two years have both ended in 4-3 shootout victories for the Devils.

Despite getting off to a hot start from puck drop, ASU couldn’t capitalize on early opportunities and would find themselves playing from behind for the third-straight game.

“Other than UCO, we’re getting in a habit of not jumping out on teams,” Powers said. “ … We got to jump on teams and play downhill. We haven’t played with a lead — other than the last four minutes in that second Oklahoma game — for 180 minutes.”

Liberty junior forward and points leader Lindsay LeBlanc struck first just a minute and 23 seconds into the game.

But just a minute later, the freshmen line of Zack Holstrom, Eric Rivard and Tommy Cooney would tie it up.

A beautiful series of passes from Rivard behind the net to Cooney in front then across to Holstrom for the one-timer finally capitalized all the Devils chances.

The second period started off in favor of Liberty, as the pressure began to sway.

It would finally pay off as a Sun Devil penalty resulted in a Flames goal by senior defenseman Jackson Kuhn.

While questionable due to the net looking to come off and ASU goalie Robert Levin seemingly hanging on to the puck, the referees declared it good and Liberty went up 2-1.

However, the two Devils that found themselves in the box redeemed themselves.

Power-play duo Colin Hekle and Kale Dolinski tied it at two with a one-timer by the ASU points leader (55).

Multiple attempts in the third period were denied due to remarkable defense by both teams.

With a 3-on-1 breakaway by Liberty, Levin shut down a one-timer with a kick save, potentially saving the game late in the third period.

Across the ice from Levin, Liberty senior goaltender Blair Bennett was remarkable, saving 45 of 47 shots in regulation before the overtime game-winner

The Devils move to 26-1 on the season and have the weekend off before heading to Lynchburg, VA for a two-game series with Liberty.

Meanwhile, the Flames head south for a two-game series with No. 13 UA.

courtesy of SunDevilHockey.com


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