When and Where: January 20, 2017 – Tempe, Ariz. (The Oceanside Arena)
Score: Arizona State University 11, Southern New Hamshire University 0
Records: SNHU 11-9-0, ASU 8-17-2
Junior Matthew MacInnis (Arlington, Texas) registered 16 saves in the third period, but three goals in the first 2:04 of play fueled the Arizona State University ice hockey team to an 11 -0 victory over Southern New Hampshire University at the Oceanside Arena in Tempe, Arizona.
Anthony Croston netted a first period hat trick to spark the Sun Devils, and added an assist to finish with four points. Liam McGing set up three ASU scores, while Grett Gruber had a goal and a pair of helpers.
Croston opened up the scoring just 51 seconds into the contest when he picked up a loose puck, navigated through the Penmen defense and snapped a shot from the left circle that went far post to make it 1-0. Louie Rowe doubled the advantage 36 seconds later, as he camped in front of the SNHU goal and redirected a shot off the stick of McGing over the shoulder of junior Ryan Slatky (Manchester, N.H.) at 1:27. The lead swelled to three less than 40 seconds later, when in nearly identical fashion to the second goal, McGing threw a puck on net that was tipped on the doorstep, this time by Joe Lappin, and found its way to the back of the net at 2:04.
Freshman Kurt Gutting (Weymouth, Mass.) entered the game with 17:56 remaining in the first, and helped keep the score in check for the next eight minutes. Two minutes after taking over in goal, Gutting stopped a McGing blast from the point with a glove save to maintain the three-goal deficit.
Southern New Hampshire had its best opportunity of the period with a tick under 15 minutes remaining in the opening stanza. The Sun Devils were attempting to break the puck out of their defensive zone, but freshman Brett Strawn (Wareham, Mass.) applied a heavy fore-check along the goal line to the left of the net. Strawn levied a big hit on an ASU defenseman to jar the puck loose before sliding a pass to senior Nathan Bergeron (Auburn, Maine). Bergeron had his initial shot denied before gathering the puck and firing another shot point blank that was ultimately cleared away.
Arizona State continued to apply offensive pressure, and nearly pushed its lead to four goals with 13 minutes remaining. The hosts cycled the puck along the right wing wall before Dylan Hollman freed himself up and moved to the slot. The puck made its way to Hollman, and he one-timed a feed from the hashmarks that Gutting knocked down and steered away to begin an offensive rush for the Penmen.
Graduate student Joe Collins (Mansfield, Mass.) started the rush along the right side of the defensive zone. As he hit the blue line, he connected with junior Chris Moquin (Hooksett, N.H.) on a cross-ice pass to the left side of the offensive blue line. Moquin worked along the boards before cutting in and putting a shot on that beat the ASU netminder, but snuck through the crease and into the far corner.
After using a three-goal burst to open up the contest, the Sun Devils used a three-goal spurt in a four-minute span to extend their lead to seven. Tyler Busch collected a puck from a scrum and delivered a pass from beneath the goal line to Gruber in front, who one-timed it home at 10:18 of the first. Croston picked up his second of the frame with 8:18 to go after Drew Newmeyer's shot from the point ricocheted off him and into the top corner. Busch potted his first marker of the evening after finishing a 2-on-2 with Gruber at 13:07, and Croston completed his opening period hat trick by cutting across the crease and tucking the puck just inside the left post with 5:39 remaining.
Jakob Stridsberg accounted for the final goal of the period when, after an initial one-time attempt was broken up by the SNHU defense, he wound up on the loose puck and drove it through a screen at 17:07 to make it 8-0 through one.
After reentering with 2:53 left in the opening stanza, Slatky made a pair of huge saves to start the second. Joey Raats took a pass from Croston at the left wing and the pair broke in 2-on-1. Raats waited until the last moment to slide a pass to Croston for a one-timer, but Slatky went post-to-post to deny the bid. ASU then generated a man-down breakaway at 6:03 of the frame, but the attempt was thwarted by Slatky, who came up with an unbelievable glove save.
The Sun Devils used net traffic and rebounds to generate their next two scores, as Wade Murphy and Hollman emerged from scrambles out front at 7:42 and 9:56 to move the score into double-digits. A Ryan Belonger blast from just above the hashmarks at 13:59 capped the game's scoring and provided the final margin of victory.
Slatky finished the night with 16 saves in 22:04 of action, while Gutting turned in 17 stops in 17:56. Robert Levin earned the victory between the pipes for Arizona State after turning aside 19 shots.
- MacInnis extended his personal shutout streak to 68:51.
- Arizona State held a 60-19 edge in shots on goal. The Division I Sun Devils maintained a 26-8 advantage in the first period.
- The Penmen were assessed six minutes of penalties on three infractions, while ASU was hit for eight minutes on four misdeeds. SNHU held the Sun Devils scoreless on the man advantage.
Southern New Hampshire and Arizona State cap off their two-game set on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Mountain Time (MT), 9:05 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).
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