Six unanswered goals lead to Arizona State’s 6-2 loss
By Jenna Ortiz // ACHA Hockey Beat Writer for Blaze Sports
TEMPE, AZ – The Arizona State ACHA team (6-14) dropped their sixth game in a row to Jamestown (8-8) in 6-2 loss.
Things started off a good note when Arizona State struck early on a play developed by a nice backhanded assist from freshman forward Owen Larson to sophomore forward Andrew Aziz for Aziz’s second goal of the year.
The Sun Devils then took a strong 2-0 lead with Larson’s wrister minutes later.
Sophomore goaltender Tyler Martz had a great first period where he stopped all twelve shots and had several glove saves. Martz also had a great defensive backing that saved the game while he was sprawled out of the net.
Defense fell apart in the second quarter when Jamestown’s offense came alive from three power play opportunities that resulted in two goals from Jamestown.Within the first four minutes of the period, Jamestown’s power play unit relentlessly pursued their first goal of the game until Jason Richter put the puck in the back of the net.
Offense for Arizona State was unable to remain consistent in the second period through spending eight minutes in the box.
“I think it’s an issue we’ve had all year. You know, it’s difficult because you can argue they aren’t penalties, you can argue they are, but at the end of the day, we’ve got to be better on that,” Sophomore alternate captain Dylan Ostertag said. “ I think we are one of the most penalized teams in the league so if we can bring those down, it’s going to help us immensely because we’re getting tired, we’re bagging ourselves on those shorthand opportunities for the other team, and they’re capitalizing. We need to cut down on those for sure.”
The penalty killing unit was close to avoiding a second power play goal when Jamestown’s Cole McKechney ruined their plan by tying up the game with fifteen seconds left on the power play.
Trying to regroup after the lead was gone, Arizona State instead allowed the third goal for that period to give the Jimmies the lead when Tyler Chavez-Leech scored his team-leading ninth goal of the season.
The third period was meant to be a redeeming period for the Sun Devils, but it involved the same storylines as the second.
There were not many offensive opportunities for ASU as Jamestown never gave them a power play in this period, and played a clean game while Arizona State committed penalties at the wrong times.
Jamestown took advantage of the offense being down with three more goals, including Allan Pruss’ slick rebound from Eric Buckley’s missed shot.
Pruss’ second goal sunk in the nail in the coffin for a potential comeback with three minutes left in the game.
The continued pursuit by the Jamestown offense is what set them apart in this game and gave them six unanswered goals.
“I think we came out really strong, but I think the team did not really compete over the next two periods. We had the energy, and then we got complacent, and it showed up on the scoreboard,” Ostertag said.
Arizona State will close out their homestand in Oceanside Arena against Jamestown Saturday night at 7 pm.
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