ASU men's hockey gets shutout for fourth time with 4-0 loss to Colorado College

The Sun Devils lost 4-0 and are looking for another game-two comeback

ASU men’s hockey (4-10-3) was shut out for the fourth time this season after a 4-0 loss in its first game against Colorado College (8-7-2).

“We’ve taken off Fridays the last couple weeks and we’ve really got to stop doing that,” red shirt senior right wing Dave Norris said. “We know how we can play and how we’ve got to play, and I think we’ll just bounce back.”

The Sun Devils lost 4-0 in their first game against Princeton last weekend and came back to get a 4-3 overtime win the next day

“We always bounce back when we lose,” head coach Greg Powers said. “I think the guys will tomorrow … when you combine the big ice with the altitude, there’s definitely an adjustment period. “

ASU played well in the start of the first period, but Colorado College began to break the team down. 

Colorado capitalized on that with a goal from junior right wing Westin Michaud with assists from freshman defenseman Zach Berzolla and freshman centerman Christiano Versich with 9:15 remaining in the first period. 

Colorado struck again 17 seconds later as sophomore right wing Nick Halloran scored with an assist from junior left wing Trey Bradley

This wasn’t the end of the onslaught as the Sun Devils took a penalty after this and, despite their 18th place 83.6 penalty killing record, could not stop Versich from getting a power play goal with assists from junior left wing Trevor Gooch and freshman centerman Troy Conzo

Colorado is not known for its power play as it only has a 15.38 success rate

“They’re a good team, they played well,” Powers said. “They made us pay for simple mistakes that can’t be made by the guys that made them.”

The second period started off with Colorado’s Michaud getting his second goal and Colorado’s fourth goal of the game, with assists from Gooch and Versich.

“It’s kind of tough when, it’s not an excuse, but we’re playing on bigger ice … it’s a lot more open so that’s something we’ve kind of got to adjust to and we didn’t do that well today,” junior centerman Anthony Croston said. 

ASU sophomore goalie Joey Daccord, who has had 12 consecutive starts, was pulled at this point and junior goalie Ryland Pashovitz was sent in. 

Pashovitz has not played since the team’s game against Nebraska-Omaha on Oct. 20th. 

The Sun Devils produced a lot of scoring chances in the second period, and by its end were tied 25-25 with Colorado in shots. 

“I think Pash (Pashovitz) really built us up out there when he came in,” Croston said. “We have a lot better than that deep in the defensive zone. I think we created a lot offensively but we just didn’t finish and that’s what we’ve got to focus on tomorrow.”

ASU spent the third period redeeming its penalty kill as the team not only had to kill a five-minute major penalty, but that penalty became a 5-on-3 near its end. 

Then, the Sun Devils were only one man down after the five-minute penalty expired for less than a minute. 

Despite all of this, ASU killed all the penalties and kept Colorado to its four goals.


“Other than that one mistake, the penalty kill was really good,” Powers said. “For them to get a full five minutes and then put us down 5-on-3 and get it killed off was awesome.”

The game ended with ASU being outshot 43-36, but a total of 36 is way above the Sun Devils average of 26.8 shots per game. 

Nonethless, the scoring opportunities the Sun Devils got were viable, but they did not expand them into any secondary chances. 

“We were a little bit too spread out,” Norris said. “You can tell with our success in the last few games we’ve been really good at driving the net … we were a little on the perimeter tonight and shooting on the pad. We had a lot of pad shots but no one was there to get the rebound. That’s something we’ve got to work on for tomorrow night.”

ASU will take on Colorado College again on Sunday at 2 p.m. MST. 


Reach the reporter at pburnell@asu.edu or follow @paige_burnell on Twitter.   

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