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ASU women's hockey competes, but falls to No. 4 Lindenwood

The ASU women's hockey team fell in their first game of the WWCHL playoffs

Jordan Nash-Boulden Women's Hockey

ASU sophomore goaltender Jordan Nash-Boulden (31) gives up a goal off the deflection during the first period at Oceanside Ice Arena in Tempe, Arizona, on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018.

In the first game of the Western Women's Collegiate Hockey League (WWCHL) playoffs, the No. 15 ASU women’s hockey team fell to No. 4 Lindenwood Belleville 3-0.

After a scoreless first period, the Lady Lynx recorded two goals in the second frame beginning with sophomore forward Alicia Williams. Williams drove to the ASU net and buried a shot to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead.

Then, midway through the second period, Lindenwood junior defenseman Kassie Strand fired a slap shot from the point that found its way into the net. 

“I think the second goal could have been stopped,” ASU head coach Lindsey Ellis said. “You can only say what you can change in hindsight, but ... that’s hockey.”

The Lady Lynx would add one more goal in the third period. “A few players kind of caught up to us there at the end, but overall, I thought the effort level was really good,” ASU sophomore defenseman Molly Potter said. 

Nevertheless, with Friday’s opening loss in pool play, tomorrow’s game for ASU against No. 13 Midland will be critical in a win or go home situation.

Midland is the host of this year’s WWCHL playoffs, and the Warriors will take on Lindenwood later tonight.

ASU has fallen to Midland three times this season, and Saturday’s game could serve as complete revenge for the Sun Devils.

The puck will drop between ASU and Midland this Saturday, Feb. 24 at 8 a.m. MST.

“I think the support level that we saw and the neutral zone presence that we had, and the fact that we were able to control the games at times (against Lindenwood) ... I know that’s going to be important for us,” ASU sophomore goaltender Jordan Nash-Boulden said. “To see that we really could do it, it’s going to be a huge boost for us going into tomorrow.”

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