RECAP: Rivalry Gets the Best of the Sun Devils In Loss to Arizona

By Jenna Ortiz // ACHA Hockey Reporter for Blaze Sports

The rivalry between the Arizona and Arizona State came to the ice as the Wildcats defeated the Sun Devils 6-4 at Oceanside on Wednesday night.

In their previous meeting on Saturday, the Wildcats defeated the Devils, 8-4, in a game that lacked a strong work ethic from the Sun Devils, according to Coach Josh Brown.

Discipline was a major issue in this game, as Arizona State gave up seven penalties.

“Our compete level was better this game than it was in the last game on Saturday” said Brown. “But they scored two power play goals so obviously discipline is an issue for us that we’re going to address.”

The opening of the first period did not settle the bad blood between the two, as Arizona State’s Alexc Guarnero received a roughing call that led to Arizona’s first goal by Sean Ozment.

Jagr Larson of ASU tied it up minutes later on an even-strength goal from Austin Ehrlich and Preston Ames.

The scoring did not end there for ASU, as Blake Olinyk scored his first goal of the season and put the Sun Devils up at 2-1.

This goal did not come without controversy as Arizona’s Tyler Griffith received a game misconduct and caused Guarnero to draw blood on a high stick.

Another penalty cost Arizona State their lead as Anthony Cusanelli scored for the Wildcats towards the end of the period.

In the first, Arizona State went 1-for-3 on the penalty kill while Arizona went 2-for-2. The Wildcats scored first in the second period on Ozment’s second goal minutes into the period.

The Sun Devils surrendered two more penalties after the goal, while the Wildcats had only one before Ethan Stahluth lengthened the lead on an even-strength breakaway goal.

Desperate to answer back, the Sun Devils had two opportunities to score from slashing penalties to Arizona, but they came up short. It was not until less than two minutes into the period where they shortened the lead to one goal on a Adam Havener breakaway that changed the tone of the second for the Devils.

Third period looked promising for ASU when Dylan Ostertag tied up the game on a power play goal from Jake Savona and Preston Ames.

“We didn’t quit,” said Brown. “We were down by two goals and we came back and tied the game and then unfortunately we lost in the last two minutes.”

The score held up until the last two minutes when Arizona’s Max Meyer won the game and then the lead went to two when an empty-net goal was scored by Josh Larson.

The effort was there from the Sun Devils but the discipline was what led to the score not being in their favor.

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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