RECAP: ASU Cruises To 4-1 Win Over Oklahoma

By John Mendoza // ASU ACHA Hockey Beat Writer for Blaze Sports

TEMPE, AZ         The Arizona State Sun Devils rode on the backs of their defense on the way to a 4-1 victory over the Oklahoma Sooners on Thursday night.

The Sun Devils dominated the first period time on attack and outshot the Sooners 16-4; however, the Sooners kept the game tied at 1. The Sooners evened up the shot count and finished down only four shots, 30-34, but were unable to get the pucks to go in.

Arizona State goaltender Jack Burkel prepares for the start of the period against Arizona // (Photo: John Mendoza / Blaze Sports)

The Sun Devils offense was finally able to break through being led by senior forward Jake Savona. Savona finished with a goal and two assists.

“Jake’s got a motor that doesn’t quit,” coach Joshua Brown said. “He’s been great for us all year and we go as he goes. If he’s on his game we’re going to be pretty good that game.”

The Devils scored their first two goals on the power play when Ben Mack scored at 18:22 of the first period and Owen Larsson scored at 22 seconds of the second period.

“When you get two power play goals in a game that’s pretty good,” coach Brown said.

The game started to get scrappy at the end of the second period. ASU forward Garret Brown hooked a Sooner in a scrum in front of the net. During the ensuing power play Ben Mack got tied up with Sooner Poalo de Sousa giving them coincidental roughing penalties, but Mack picked up an additional slashing penalty in the scrum.

This continued with just 1:49 left in the game, when Jimmy Anderson for Oklahoma and Owen Larsson for ASU got into a scrum and were both ejected with 10-minute misconducts.

The Sun Devils finished with seven penalties for 22 minutes and the Sooners finished with eight penalties for 26 minutes.

Freshman goalie Jack Burkel was on top of his game for the Devils. Burkel finished with 29 saves on 30 shots faced.

“Jack was a solid goalie coming into this program,” Coach Brown said. “We knew what we were going to get and he’s done well for us all year.”

The Sun Devils continues their home stand tomorrow when the host the University of Central Oklahoma at 8:00 p.m. at Oceanside Ice Arena in Tempe.

John Mendoza is a beat writer for ACHA Hockey for Blaze Sports. You can reach out to him at or follow John on Twitter @JohnVMendoza.

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