ASU Sun Devils Mens Hockey Team 2-0

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No. 2 Sun Devils Come Out Firing

Opening weekend for the Sun Devils was nothing short of a lopsided battle against San Diego State.

ASU and its new recruits had a coming out party and unfortunately for the Aztec goaltenders, they were on the wrong side of it.

The San Diego State goaltenders faced 124 shots over the course of two games, saving 101 of them.

Freshmen forward’s Sean Murphy and Chris Burkemper led the team with three goals apiece.

Senior forward Brian McGinty not only leads the Sun Devils in points scored (6), but is tied for fourth in the ACHA.

Freshmen Zack Holstrom tallied five assists in the two games, and is tied for second in the ACHA in assists.

Senior goaltender Joe D’Elia (1-0) started game one for ASU and saved 17 of 18 shots for a 94% save percentage.

Freshmen Robert Levin (1-0) and Lucas Felbel split time in the second game, with Levin saving five of six shots and Felbel saving all 11 shots faced.

While the weekend did produce video game-like numbers, it allowed the Sun Devils to get on the ice in game situations as a unit.

With half of the team being comprised of freshmen, the chemistry is something Powers was the most concerned about developing against San Diego State.

That being said, he loved what he saw.

“They were awesome, they were great,” coach Greg Powers said. “They are what I knew they were and I think the best is yet to come.”

The Sun Devils have one weekend and one more game to tighten it up before U of A arrives on Oct. 4 and 5.

ACHA Division II Weber State arrives in Tempe this Friday, Sept. 27 for a one-game exhibition at Oceanside Ice Areana. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m.

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By the Numbers:

-21 different Sun Devils recorded a point

-15 players accounted for 23 goals

-11 goals were netted by new recruits

-6 players recorded multiple goals; 3 were new recruits

-ASU’s 11.5 goals per game leads the ACHA in scoring

courtesy of Mitch Terrell 


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