After a quick holiday break, the Arizona State hockey team looked forward to getting back on the ice. Previously facing off against DI and as well as DII, the Devils’ first match back would be against a higher caliber team than they are used to playing.
Rolling into Pennsylvania, the 18-0 ASU freight train looked poised to continue success against Penn State’s Nittany Lions NCAA team. Unfortunately for the Sun Devils, they found themselves on the outs in their first match up in Happy Valley.
Capitalizing on a undisciplined ASU squad as well as their mental mistakes, the Nittany Lions walked away from the first of two games in the ACHA/NCAA series, 8-3.
Accepting no excuses, while not looking to make any, the Sun Devils came back looking for redemption for the previous night’s game.
Deciding to start goaltender Joseph D’Elia for Saturday’s match up—who was pulled in Friday’s game—would pay off, as he let in only one goal through 60 minutes.
The continued played of D’Elia gave the Arizona team a chance at chipping away at the NCAA squad. Junior forward Kale Dolinski would answer the call, notching two of the three goals for Arizona State. The Sun Devils would go on to win the game, 3-1.
Although a major victory for the team, don’t expect to see them celebrating too hard as the boys are getting ready to return to their home ice, Oceanside Arena for the first time since November 9.
The Sun Devils will face off against Robert Morris – IL in back to back games beginning December 7 & 8th. For Updates on the club for them on twitter at @ASUD1Hockey