RECAP: Four Goals in Second Period Give ASU Third Straight Win
By Jenna Ortiz // ACHA Hockey Beat Reporter for Blaze Sports
Tempe, AZ Instead of being worn out by three straight games, the Arizona State ACHA team used this opportunity to get three much needed wins.
The Arizona State ACHA team (6-4) concluded their homestand with a 5-3 victory against Missouri State (6-5).
Defense stepped up in the first for Arizona State as they killed three penalties, including one 5-on-3 opportunity, and stepped in for freshman goaltender Jack Burkel to keep the score tied. They also improved on getting pucks out of their defensive zone and moving them into Missouri State’s defensive zone.
Arizona State senior forward Jake Savona continued his goal-scoring streak in minute 17 of the first period when he tipped in sophomore defenseman Ben Mack’s pass from the blue line to make the score 1-0.
In the second period, Missouri State tied the game at 1-1 taking advantage of Burkel down in the net and giving forward Andrew Kovacich his twelfth goal for the season, the lead for ACHA Division I in goals.
The Bears missed another defender when one player was stuck in Burkel’s net during forward Adam Havener’s slick rebound from the top corner that retook the lead to 2-1 for Arizona State.
Ten seconds into the power play for Arizona State, freshman forward Owen Larson struck on a great pass from senior defenseman Preston Ames and Savona for the 3-1 lead.
Mack continued his great offensive play in this game with a one-timer from the blue line on the power play that took the game to 4-1. He finished the game with two points while Ames and Savona had three points.
The power play unit dominated once again in this game with two goals on four chances.
“The power play was killing it all night and we worked on it all week and it really showed tonight,” said Assistant coach Chad Bailey. “They were really starting to gel together well, they were finding each other, getting each other in open space and they capitalized on that.”
With eleven seconds to go in the second period, Missouri State answered with a power play goal that saw six skaters on the ice versus Arizona State’s three skaters after the Bears pulled their goaltender Brendan Shuck.
Sophomore forward Dylan Ostertag quickly changed the 4-2 score to 5-2 after Sevona rushed from the face-off circle to allow Ostertag to beat out the goaltender for a nice short-handed goal to end out the period.
Missouri State forward Alex Turin benefited from an awkward bounce off the boards in the third period to make the score 5-3 but Burkel did not allow other goals to go in after that. Burkel went on to make 34 saves in the game and flashed some leather to save the game in the third period.
The next game for the Sun Devils ACHA team is on the road vs. Colorado on October 19.
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