Hockey Drops Game One of Four at UAF
TEMPE, Ariz. – Arizona State (15-15-0) men’s ice hockey team opened the four-game home-and-away series with a 5-3 loss to Alaska Fairbanks (8-16-1) Friday night at the Oceanside Ice Arena. It was a home and away game in the first two periods of play, and despite ASU outscoring the Nanooks, 41-32, the Sun Devils were unable to capitalize on the momentum of the third.
“Keep fighting, that’s all you can do. Keep fighting,” Powers said of tomorrow’s mindset. “It’s hard to win in college hockey. We aimed to get 20 wins and we can do it and that’s our goal. We have to win all the games we have left and that starts tomorrow.
The first period started slowly, graduating Jacob Wilson was called for throwing equipment, which resulted in a penalty shot for the Nanooks. Alaska’s Brady Risk managed to sneak the puck Ben Kraws for a one-goal lead.
“It was pathetic and it really put us on our heels a bit. We got away with it, but it was an inexcusable call,” said Powers, who strongly backed the penalty called that resulted in the penalty shot aware.
With three minutes remaining in the first period, ASU had their own chance on the power play but couldn’t capitalize on the man advantage.
The Sun Devils generated a storm of chances in the opening minutes of the second half, but it wasn’t until the 10th minute when the senior striker Jordan Sandhu scored his second goal of the season, tying the game at one.
After a change of momentum in favor of the Sun Devils, the second-year forward Matthew Kopperud stole the lead with another power play goal. Kopperud currently ranks 7th in the nation in total points scored this season with 34. His 10 PPG on the season ranks second in the nation.
“We had all the momentum, and again in the third they didn’t generate any, they didn’t have any possession, they didn’t have any zone time at all, and they had couple of chances to score and they scored on them,” Powers said.
The tables turned when Alaska was called for cutting, which gave ASU a penalty shot opportunity, but Sandhu couldn’t find the back of the net.
Two minutes from the end of the second period, the Sun Devil penalty elimination unit came out for the first time, but could not stop the Nanooks advantage which made it a draw again.
The final period was a scoring frenzy as the Nanooks went up one early in the period and extended the lead to two with five minutes to go. The Sun Devils have retired the goalie Ben Kraws at 2:30 a.m. Shortly after, UAF was called for too many men on the ice with 1:49 remaining to give ASU the 6-4 advantage. UAF scored and Kraws got in the net with a minute to play. Jack Jensen scored the game’s last goal with just seconds left in regulation to seal the score, 5-3.
“All credit goes to Alaska. They worked hard tonight and played really well,” the head coach said. Greg Powers. “Their goalkeeper is really good. We knew he was good. He was great tonight and made some big saves.
SUMMARY OF OBJECTIVES
4:15- UAF (0-1) The Nanooks quickly took a one-goal lead four minutes into the period with a penalty shot past the defender Jacob Wilson was called in to launch material.
10:16- ASU (1-1): Sandhu scored a shot from the far left circle to tie the game at one. Teammates Johnny Walker and Benji Eckerle got the assists.
11:56-USS (2-1): Shortly after, Kopperud sent a point shot past the Alaska goaltender to give the maroon and gold a one-goal lead. Second year Tim Lovell and graduated Jack Becker conceded assists. Lovell’s 19-point total leads ASU defensemen in scoring.
18:47 – UAF (2-2): First-year student Josh Doan was called for a cross check, the Nanooks power play unit was able to convert for a draw before the third.
2:05 – UAF (2-3): Alaska’s Caleb Drite scored in the opening minutes of the third period for a one-goal lead.
15:49 – UAF (2-4): After a battle for most of the third, UAF were able to sneak another past Kraws, extending their lead to two.
6:39 p.m. – UAF (2-5): ASU retired Kraws for a 6-5, but the Nanooks sent the puck down the ice and into the empty net for their fifth goal of the night.
7:40 p.m. – ASU (3-5): The last goal of the night came from the freshman forward Jack Jensen who found the back of the net amid the commotion for the second power play goal of the night. Second year Michael Mancinelli and senior chris grando earned the assist.
His thoughts on the momentum returning after a power play goal:
“Well we had all the momentum, you know, we had all the momentum after Kopper scored that power play goal and then obviously that penalty shot and then we put our front line on the draw comes out and they took a turn and turned it over. a few times and then the penalty, it’s just hockey, that’s how it works. We had all the momentum, and again in the third they didn’t generate any, they didn’t have any possession, they didn’t have any zone time at all, and they had a few scoring opportunities and they scored on them. It’s just some big mistakes from our D and they capitalized on, you know, their guys made mistakes tonight and we didn’t. And that’s how the game works. That’s why college hockey is so good. Everyone is good, it’s hard to win. Anyone can have anyone.
On his general thoughts tonight:
“All credit goes to Alaska. They worked hard tonight and played really well. Their goaltender is really good. We knew he was good. He was great tonight and made some big saves. second and third period, I thought we were in control of the game. We were a bit slow to start. The kid made some big saves, and that one equalized at the end of the second – when you have a chance to take lead 3-1 on the penalty shot and not to execute.I thought we controlled possession in the second period and in the third we outscored them 22-8 but were outplayed 3-1.Certainly, this n ‘s not the goalie. Those were two big mistakes from our core D. Again, in games like that you can’t make those mistakes, guys stepping onto neutral ice and giving up rushes and guys dancing in front of our net and that was the game. It’s a tough game and they deserved to win. st.
On the sequel:
“It’s tomorrow. We have to go out and get a split and get back over .500. We’re 15-15 now and it’s unfortunate but we have to find a way to dig in and get going. We’ve got five matches on the left.
On defenders and defensive play:
“That’s literally the rule of thumb. We don’t give up on men’s runs and we don’t interfere in neutral ice and tonight they did that. At this point in the season they don’t shouldn’t make those mistakes. That’s what it is. They need to learn from them.
On the penalty awarded to the UAF:
“Let’s call a spade a spade, that penalty shot they were awarded was literally the worst call I’ve ever seen in college hockey. It was pathetic and it really put us on our heels a bit. but it was an inexcusable call.”
To start the power play:
“I think the power play was really good. When we win that initial draw and get ready, it’s hard for the teams to manage. It’s about getting possession, and tonight every times we didn’t look good, we didn’t get that initial draw. But, it was good. Kopper hammered it and we felt good after that. If you had told me what would be the score after scoring that goal, I would never have believed it. We felt really good about that goal.”
On the message going into tomorrow:
“Just keep fighting, that’s all you can do. Just keep fighting. It’s hard to win in college hockey. We aimed to get 20 wins and we can do it and that’s our goal. left and it starts tomorrow.”
Having several good chances but not finding the net:
“It’s about getting pucks and bodies to the net, just like the Sandhu goal, that’s how we want to play. No shot is a bad shot. In the first two periods, we We had guys with breakaways literally in semis that didn’t even put a puck on the net, because they were looking for the perfect shot and against such a good goaltender, it’s not going to do the job. We just have to throw it to him, smash the net, get some ugly ones, and then it breaks him a bit. So hopefully we execute that tomorrow.”