Posted on October 30, 2021
aArizona State wraps up the first month of the season with a two-game match at the Oceanside Arena against St. A week over Ferris.
In the opening game Friday night, the Sun Devils found themselves in for a surprisingly tough scrap for two and a half stints as they bumped into a super hot guard between the pipes at Peter Thom. (Game Two Tonight 7:05 PM)
The North Dakota deal saved UST’s 45 saves, which happen to be the most in the nation by a net keeper this season in a single game.
ASU eventually did enough to win the opener as she fired 50 shots and put four into the net in the third inning. And let’s be honest, if you’re going to outpace an opponent by 50-17, you’d better leave the ice with a win.
With 50 shots on target for the Sun Devils, that gives them 126 over their last three games, averaging 42 games over that period. Sean Dhooghe maintained control of ASU’s win in 17 of 19 matches in the first game against St. Thomas.
The Sun Devils now skated to a record 4-1 on the ice at home while outperforming the opponents 22-11 in the five games.
The opening month yielded mixed results for the ASU with a 5-4 mark, but that includes a pair of losses in Denver to the Pioneer team that ranked No. 8 in the youth season, and an average of NCAA best 5.0 goals per game.
The second game of two games with Denver was a one-goal 4-3. The Devils have already had some good wins of the season, splitting with UMass-Lowell at home and taking one of two at Colgate this past weekend.
Sure enough, the season has already seen some bright spots for Arizona State, especially on the offensive end. Matthew Cuperod leads his country with 17 points (8 goals, 9 assists) in the year.
Entering the weekend, he was tied with the national lead in goalscorers by seven. He added to this total with a Power Play score against St. Thomas in the first, and also added an assist in the third in the series opening.
Josh Doan opened his career in Tempe with great fanfare. Entering the weekend, he finished third in the state in points and added to that Friday night total to give him 13 (4G, 9A) of the year, the most of any new student in the country.
In fact, the closest new student to registration is Massimo Rizzo of Denver who entered the weekend with 8 points (5G, 3A).
Tim Lovell offers some humiliation from the Blue Line as well as 11 points (3G, 8A) a year that are the most in the nation from a man of defense.
It should also be noted that all three are lower-class children with Cuperod and Lovell being sophomores. Three of them arrived in the opening goal against Tomes.
Power Play’s second-half tally by Kopperud was his seventh of the season with an advantage, the most in the country with four goals.
This proficiency helped ASU earn a Power-Play ratio of .400, the second-highest mark in the state entering play this weekend, trailing only .469 from the newly minted first team in St. Cloud State.
The other side of the special teams is where the problem was for Arizona. The competitors have fought 38 Power-Plays against the Sun Devils this season, and that’s tied for the most part in the country.
ASU has eliminated 0.790 of those PP chances, 33 in the country, but they only found the penalty area at very high rates during their first nine games.
Arizona has had 119 minutes of penalty kicks this season, the second most in the country, averaging 13.22 minutes per game, the tenth most in the country.
Offensively, ASU scored 35 goals in its first nine sleds, which – as of this moment – is the most in the country. They have not yet scored less than two goals in the match.
Arizona State was solid in the third period when it went into a tie or tie after going 5-1 on the season in such situations. The Sun Devils still have to overcome the deficit when they enter the second break by leading 0-3 in such games.
ASU has outpaced its opponents 16-9 in the third inning and overtime this season.