RECAP: ASU Offense Unable to Regroup in 6-3 loss

By Jenna Ortiz // ACHA Hockey Beat Writer for Blaze Sports

TEMPE, AZ          The Arizona State ACHA hockey team (6-10) fell 6-3 against Colorado State (6-6-2) at Oceanside Ice Arena on Thursday night after being unable to regroup in a sluggish second period.

The Sun Devil offense faced adversity early on, being without leading scorer senior forward Jake Savona due to a knee injury. His absence did not stop ASU from striking first when freshman forward Jagr Larson tipped in a shot for the 1-0 lead.

Arizona State forward Austin Ehrlich hangs his head after a tough lost to Arizona in October // (Photo: John Mendoza / Blaze Sports)

Penalties showed up in the first period on both sides, and Colorado State scored on the four-on-four with Kyle Reilly’s goal that sneaked past sophomore goaltender Tyler Martz to tie the game at 1-1. Reilly finished the game with two goals and one assist.

Martz’s faced Colorado State on October 21 where he gave up six goals on 29 shots in his last start. This game, he gave up five goals on 28 shots.

“[Martz] had a tough go tonight,” said Coach Josh Brown. “I thought there were some shots that he should have stopped, but I don’t think he got a lot of help from our defensemen and forwards. A few of them, he was hung out to dry and a few of them he should have stopped.”

The Rams’ offense broke through in the second period with three goals, including a breakaway goal by Austin Ansay.

Arizona State’s only goal in the second period was sophomore defenseman Garrett Brown’s first goal of the season. Brown had a good screen in front of the Rams’ Dax Deadrick and stunned him with his shot that made it 3-2, Colorado State.

Freshman forward Owen Larson kept the rally hopes alive with his goal at 3:19 left of the game, but Colorado State hushed that with their empty-netter to seal their victory at 6-3.

Savona’s presence on offense was missed throughout the game as the Sun Devils were unable to capitalize on seven power plays and potential rebounds in Colorado State’s zone.

The next game will be against #5 Colorado in Chandler as the offense looks to regroup against a tough challenge.

Jenna Ortiz is a beat writer for Blaze Sports covering ASU ACHA Hockey. You can reach out to her at jennarortiz@gmail.com and follow Jenna on Twitter @jennarortiz

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