Two More Wins For The D1 Sun Devils

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The ASU Sun Devils (8-0) left for Oklahoma facing potentially their toughest road trip of the season —

They would return unscathed and on top of the WCHL standings.

Thursday night started against No. 3 Oklahoma (5-1-3), who hadn’t lost a game in regulation yet this season, and wouldn’t by the end of the night.

The Sooners led just five minutes into the game, and would for the next 54 minutes of the game.

Despite putting 23 shots on goal through the first three periods, it took the 24th of regulation for ASU to get on the board.

With 57 seconds remaining in the game, down 1-0, sophomore defenseman Jordan Young put the needed goal past senior goalie Nick Holmes to push the Devils fate to overtime.

Captain Canada would take care of the rest.

With just 10 seconds remaining in overtime, senior captain Colin Hekle beat Holmes for the game winner.

The Devils would still eventually lose the shot on goal battle 29-27, but freshman ASU goaltender Robert Levin shutdown the Sooners after the initial goal — his first given up in over 227 minutes of play.

“When we play the way we can, we should win every game,” coach Greg Powers said. “Against OU, they outplayed us for 55 minutes and we should have lost.”

Thankfully for Young and Hekle, the Sun Devils didn’t.

UCO 1 & 2

While Central Oklahoma didn’t make the playoffs last season, they didn’t waste any time in 2013 proving last year was a thing of the past.

The then-No. 14 Bronchos knocked off the then-No. 4 Adrian Bulldogs, 3-2 in their first Division I game.

That same week, UCO would split a two-game series with then-No. 3 Lindenwood, shutting them out 5-0 in game two.

What many thought could be a trap game for ASU thought wrong.

The Devils fed off their crazy overtime victory over the Sooners the night before to defeat No. 11 Central Oklahoma both nights.

In game one, it took ASU nearly 15 minutes to get on the board, as senior Brian McGinty scored his fifth goal of the season.

UCO’s Gaven Hohl scored his first goal of the season seconds later to tie it at one at the end of the first period.

It would be all Devils from then on, as McGinty would score his second of the game halfway through the second.

Hekle and freshman Chris Burkemper put the third and fourth goals past Bronchos goalie Tory Caldwell, who saw 43 shots on the night.

Senior ASU goaltender Joe D’Elia recorded his fourth win on the night, saving 26 of 28 shots.

The surprising stat in game one against UCO was the amount of penalty minutes.

The Devils saw an entire period’s worth of sin bin time — 20 minutes — and still escaped with a win. Half of those 20 minutes went to Young with a 10-minute unsportsmanlike conduct.

In game two, Powers reeled in his guys and had just six minutes in the box, leading to a 4-1 win.

Four new Sun Devils would score goals in game two.

Junior forward Liam Norris netted his fifth goal of the year six minutes into the game. Forwards Kory Chisholm, Danny McAuliffe and Michael Cummings accounted for the other three goals.

McAuliffe, Burkemper and Dolinski are all tied with a team-leading seven goals on the season.

Levin recorded his six win of the season.

Powers is pleased with the depth of his team and their performance over this five-game road trip.

“It was a big trip to show that mentally we were tough enough to go on the road for two weeks and get five wins vs. top-10 teams,” Powers said. “That’s a great indicator of where we are regarding being mentally tough.”

ASU returns home this weekend for a two-game series vs. No. 7 Delaware (8-1-0), followed by one game against Division II NAU.

STATS:

-ASU outshot the three teams 109-91

-Devils outscored opponents 10-4

-Just second time in team history ASU has swept Oklahoma teams (1st time in 2012)

 


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