RECAP: Lack Of Discipline Hurts ASU in 5-1 Loss
By Jenna Ortiz // Arizona State ACHA Hockey Beat Writer
TEMPE, AZ Arizona State’s ACHA team (6-8) took on the University of Central Oklahoma (9-1) at Oceanside Ice Arena where Central Oklahoma won 5-1 for the second game in ASU’s three-game home stand.
Central Oklahoma is now 2-0 on road games, after defeating both Arizona and Arizona State in their first road trip of the season.
Coming in after the previous game’s big defensive win, the defense held strong in the first period after stopping several chances from the Broncos’ offense to start off the game.
The lingering discipline issue started with three penalties filling up the first period action and ramped up throughout the game. The end total for ASU was nine penalties that cost them the game.
“We have to hold each other accountable. That’s the only way to do it, until we figure that out, we’re going to take a lot of penalties,” Coach Brown said.
Central Oklahoma capitalized on their power play with Donald Danroth’s third goal of the season in the second. Their second goal came from Gage Joel’s shot with two minutes left in that same period.
Arizona State suffered a big loss on defense when sophomore defenseman Ben Mack was ejected in the game after a brawl with a Central Oklahoma player. His absence fueled the three-goal final act for Central Oklahoma, including a goal by leading scorer Brandon Formosa at the blue line that made it 4-0.
“When [Mack’s] playing, he’s a big part of our team and he has great gap control. He has the offense and defends very well, so when he’s not there, we miss him a lot,” Brown said.
Savona’s three-game point streak continued with his twelfth goal of the game that came minutes before the end.
Offense was not clicking on power play opportunities in this game even though they had five chances to score.
Arizona State will face Central Oklahoma for the closing game of their series at Oceanside Arena on Saturday night at 7 pm.