TEMPE, Arizona – The Arizona State Men’s Ice Hockey team is on the march in 2022 after the impressive No.9 Cornell College with a 5-2 loss at the Oceanside Ice Arena on Saturday night. ASU only delivered the Big Red to their second loss of the season. The New Year’s Day win was ASU’s first top 10 win since losing to No.8 Clarkson in January 2020, and tonight’s five goals were the most scored against Cornell all season.
“It was a good team win,” said the head coach Greg Powers. “From top to bottom I thought everyone played well, and we made some big saves when we needed to. Cole brady, and that worked out for us, and the guys played really well the last two periods. “
The Sun Devils (11-10-0) threw Brady into the net against Cornell (9-2-1). The second allowed a goal early in the first, but it was almost out of reach the rest of the way. Brady made 31 saves as his offense scored five goals to fuel the Sun Devils ahead of Big Red.
After a quiet first half of the opening period, Cornell entered the board at 10:23 am to give them the early lead in the game. In the first, the Sun Devils were perfect on PK (1-1) and held on despite a 14-9 lead. Brady made 13 saves and his defense helped him block six more shots.
The second half started off similarly with a relatively calm first half, until Colin Theisen returned the favor to Big Red with his breakaway goal at 7:22 in the second to tie the game, good for his 26th point of the season (13G-12A).
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ASU enjoyed their first power play of the game with 3:54 left in the second half after Cornell was sent into the box for detention, but the nation’s 11th best shorthanded team lived up to the hype and kept the game tied. Chris Grando joined the party and made Cornell’s goalie pay for emptying the cage. His unassisted goal slipped past two defenders and found the back of the net vacant to give ASU a 2-1 lead before the second intermission.
Matthieu kopperud proved he doesn’t just score PPGs by scoring a even-matched goal on his resume to take the lead to two. Cornell’s six-on-five goal in the dying minutes was too little too late as two goals went into an empty net of Jack Becker and Sean Dhooghe gave the Sun Devils the much-needed cushion, resulting in a 5-2 Sun Devil victory.
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SUMMARY OF OBJECTIVES
10:23 Cornell (0-1): ASU had a first minute PK in the first period after Koumontzis was called up for a high stick, and after nearly 10 minutes of no action Cornell entered first on the table.
7:22 USS (1-1): Colin Theisen found the back of the net thanks to a Cornell flip that he stole into the neutral zone. Theisen carried the puck through the breakaway and tied the game one-handed.
19:26 USS (2-1): After the Cornell goalie chased the puck to the top of the circle, Chris Grando beat him up and made Cornell pay. He managed to slip the puck between two defenders and into the net for Sun Devil’s goal and the 2-1 lead.
7:30 a.m. USS (3-1): Matthieu kopperud opened the scoring in third with his 12th goal of the season with assists of Demetrios Koumontzis and Sean Dhooghe.
18:36 Cornell (3-2): With a six-to-five advantage, Cornell moved closer to one with just over a minute to go.
18:58 USS (4-2): Jack Becker The clutch goal in an empty net came 20 seconds after Cornell’s score to give ASU some breathing space.
7:58 p.m .: USS (5-2): Sean Dhooghe called the game with a goal in an empty net with just two seconds left in settlement.
FOLLOWING: ASU will end the series at home against Cornell tomorrow, Jan. 2 at 7:05 p.m. MST in Oceanside. After finishing the home game, the team will head to the East Coast for two games against Boston University on January 7 and 8.
When the engine starts :
“It was just good to get back to the win column. The guys played well and we deserve this win.”
On what it feels like to play after the break:
âI think we’ve had a really good week of training and arrived well prepared. It’s always good to come back and feel refreshed. It’s a long season and I think everyone is just happy to be back and excited to play again. “
On the success of his line:
“I think when we are relentless on failure before like that, we are very effective and I think it showed up tonight.”
Start the new year with a goal:
“It really helps. I don’t think about scoring goals, I’m just trying to play hard and intensely. I thought our line was working really hard the whole game and I was lucky to get one.
Powers of the coach:
By flipping the switch after the first period:
“It was impressive. They were a very good team that we just played and we have to be even better tomorrow if we are to win. I thought we had a pretty good first half, I didn’t mind the first half. .. They scored a backdoor goal. That was what it was. It was a good team win. From top to bottom, I thought everyone played well, and we had the big saves when we needed them from Cole (Brady) and that sorted out us, and the guys played really well the last two periods. “
On the performance of the third period:
âThis is how you end games. I don’t think there was a person in the building, especially on our bench, who thought they were going to score because of the way the guys were playing. But they just had pucks and bodies down there and I got a lousy one. We were arguing about whether it mattered, but it is and the guys got away with it.
On the improvement of the PP despite the absence of PPG:
âWe only had one chance there, and there are some things that we can clean up but they have looks. We have to pass pucks, but they have looks. If we’re going to run like us all the world thinks we can, know we can, then we will have to. “
On the importance of playing with a lead:
“It’s huge. It was just a game of effort from Chris (Grando) and he was working really hard in that second half. It was nice to see him rewarded. It was just a game of straightforward effort and it gave us a ton of energy and a ton of confidence in the third with the lead. “
On the importance of winning at Oceanside:
âWe know how good we are here. We’re tough to beat here. We’re 9-4 now, with a win tomorrow, we would go to 10-4 at home and reset, then we’re on the road for 10 days with four big games to go. It’s all about tomorrow now. We have them tomorrow and we’re in a good position. “