ASU men's hockey sweeps Alabama Huntsville over the weekend

The Sun Devils victory over the Chargers marks their first road sweep since December 2016

After the ASU men's ice hockey team completed its first home sweep in program history against the Alaska Fairbanks to start their season, the team swept its road series against The University of Alabama Huntsville this weekend.

ASU (4-2) won 2-1 on Friday and 5-1 on Saturday against the Chargers (0-6), marking the Sun Devils first road sweep since December 2016 when the team picked up two wins against Massachusetts.


Friday night, the Sun Devils started quickly with a first-period goal from junior forward Tyler Busch. The Chargers answered when senior forward Hans Gorowsky capitalized on a loose puck, scoring just 30 seconds into the second period. 

ASU regained its lead late in the second period on a goal from junior forward Brett Gruber, and the Sun Devils controlled the action to hold their advantage.

On Saturday night, Alabama Huntsville had no answer for ASU and its offensive attack, especially in the first period. ASU started quickly once again as Busch converted a goal with 01:32 left in the first frame.

Senior forward Jake Clifford scored just 37 seconds later, followed almost immediately by a score from redshirt freshman forward Austin Lemieux. This was Lemieux's first collegiate goal and put ASU up 3-0.

Redshirt senior forward Dylan Hollman followed his teammates and scored a goal midway through the second period giving ASU a four-goal advantage.

Charger's freshman forward Jack Jeffers scored Alabama Huntsville's lone goal midway through the third, but freshman defenseman Jarrod Gourley scored the last goal of the game, putting ASU ahead by four goals and securing the win.

Overall, ASU had six players score goals and credited 11 players with assists. Busch led the way in goals with two while Walker led in assists with three.

ASU will return home to Tempe next weekend as they play a series against the University of Nebraska Omaha on Oct. 26 and 27.


Reach the reporter at smodrich@asu.edu or follow @StefanJModrich on Twitter.

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