ASU continues losing streak and offensive struggles in 4-1 loss
By Jenna Ortiz // ASU ACHA Hockey Beat Writer for Blaze Sports
Chandler, AZ The Arizona State ACHA team dropped their fifth game in a row to the University of Colorado with their 4-1 loss on Saturday night.
The offensive struggles continued in this game and haunted Arizona State as they could not find their rhythm throughout the game.
“It hasn’t just been this game, we’ve been struggling offensively for awhile now. I think it just comes down to either trying too much or trying to do too little,” head coach Josh Brown said.
Brown also noted that in this game they did both, and that is why they only scored one goal.
The fifth-ranked Colorado team did not disappoint with their high-scoring offense as forward Matt Anders recorded his 26th and 27th points this season, ranking him third in ACHA.
Anders scored his thirteenth goal of the year to start the game for the Buffaloes going top shelf to make the score 1-0. The rest of the period saw six saves by freshman goalie Jack Burkel and only two shots on goal from the Sun Devil offense.
The second period ramped up offensively for Colorado as they tested freshman goaltender Burkel with 21 more shots. Defense did step up more in this game and gave Burkel more breathing room than he had in the last game where he faced 48 shots.
Forward Luke O’Brien pushed through the traffic and scored on a rebound from Burkel for an unassisted power play goal to make it 2-0, Colorado.
ASU was unable to utilize their five-on-three advantage toward the middle of the period and continued their offensive lull in the period.
Erik Kardash worsened the blow with his seventh goal this season to make the lead 3-0.
Hope was found for Arizona State with senior captain Austin Ehrlich’s snipe on a pass by Jagr Larson to make the game 3-1 with less than two minutes left.
Ehrlich’s goal was not enough to turn the game around for ASU in the third period as they missed power-play opportunities and committed penalties themselves.
Colorado’s Thomas Jarman stopped any momentum from Arizona State by going top shelf on the power play to end the scoring at 4-1.
The Sun Devils will have to figure out how to fix their offensive struggles during practice because they have a tough road ahead of them with top-ranked Minot State and #13 Jamestown coming to Tempe next weekend.
Jenna Ortiz is a beat writer for Blaze Sports covering ASU ACHA Hockey. You can reach out to her at email@example.com and follow Jenna on Twitter @jennarortiz