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While social media and fans from Denver and Arizona State battled during the week, it was ultimately Arizona State hockey players who defeated the Denver Pioneers on the ice at tiny Oceanside Arena Friday night. It was the Sun Devils forward Johnny Walker with the first two goals. DU’s Jaakko Heikkinen scored in the third period to pull within one goal, 2-1. A penalty on Lliam Finlay with three minutes left in the third period led to a Sun Devils power play goal when a Jack Judson blast caromed off teammate Johnny Walker, past DU goalie Magnus Chrona, and into the net for the ASU’s third goal – which all but sealed the game. The Sun Devils Brett Gruber hammered home the fourth and final dagger on an empty net goal to finish off the Pioneers in the waning seconds.
After the game, DU’s head coach David Carle stated, “We definitely had some looks. We didn’t do a great job taking Debrouwer’s (ASU goalie) eyes away. I don’t think we made life on him overly difficult. They made life hard for us getting up ice. The better team won tonight. We need to come back tomorrow with a more committed effort from everybody.”
— Denver Hockey (@DU_Hockey) December 7, 2019
ASU’s goalie, Evan Debrouwer, had a big game stopping 34 shots. Adding to DU’s scoring woes was a 0-5 power play performance.
The Pioneers move to bigger ice tomorrow night at Gila River Arena at 4:30 pm MT .