RECAP: Arizona State D1 ACHA Hockey Gets Back to .500 with 5-1 Win
By Jenna Ortiz // ACHA Hockey Reporter for Blaze Sports
Tempe, AZ. The Arizona State University ACHA hockey team (4-4) defeated the visiting Arkansas Razorbacks (4-7) by a score of 5-1 in a big breakthrough game for the offense.
Sun Devil ACHA went back out on the ice against their third D1 opponent this season after an eight-day break. ASU was previously 0-4 against D1 teams.
“This week we definitely worked on our work ethic and competing in practice, so it really paid off for us tonight in the offensive zone,” ASU assistant coach Chad Bailey said.
Arkansas senior forward James Haddock opened the scoring in minute 14 of the first period, but its speedy start to the game quickly died off as their offense began to fall apart. Miss opportunities throughout the game for Arkansas included six unsuccessful power plays.
Arizona State answered back by going top shelf on a goal from senior captain Austin Ehrlich, assisted by freshman Colton Rhodes and sophomore Zach Kowalchuck towards the end of the first period to tie the game at 1-1.
ASU took the lead in the second minute of the period two when freshman Alex Lofink scored his first goal of the season on an assist by Ehrlich. Lofink initially hit the post on his first shot but knocked home the rebounded.
Arkansas started to lose grip on their discipline after skating four-on-four with a penalty that made it a five-on-three chance for Arizona State. ASU would capitalized with a power play goal by Jake Savona that made the score 3-1.
Sun Devil freshman Owen Larson would add another goal in the closing two minutes to make it 4-1.
ASU started off the third on the power play and capitalized with Lofink’s second goal of the game. Lofink became the ASU offensive player to watch with two big goals in this game.
“[Lofink’s] got the speed, he’s got the hands and it all came together for him,” Bailey said.
The penalty-killing unit for Arizona State did a stellar job in this game with a six-for-six kill performance, while the power play unit went two-for-four.
Freshman goaltender Jack Burkel also had a great game with 25 saves and posted a.960 save percentage.
The next game for the Sun Devils ACHA team is at home vs. Missouri State on October 13.
Jenna Ortiz is a beat writer for Blaze Sports covering ASU ACHA Hockey. You can reach out to her at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow Jenna on Twitter @jennarortiz