|2nd||14:42||ASU||1-0||EV||Anthony Croston (2)||Liam McGing/1, Dylan Hollman/7|
|3rd||9:53||ASU||2-0||EV GW||Joe Lappin (2)||Wade Murphy/7, Drew Newmeyer/4|
|3rd||12:25||ASU||3-0||EV||Anthony Croston (3)||Louie Rowe/8|
|3rd||16:40||UMA||1-3||PP||Griff Jeszka (4)||Kurt Keats/7, Jake McLaughlin/4|
|3rd||19:42||ASU||4-1||EV EN||David Norris (3)||Brett Gruber/3|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Arizona State (6-13-0)||0/1||4/8||0|
|Arizona State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Robert Levin (W, 2-4-0)||60:00||1||6||13||11||30|
|Ryan Wischow (L, 3-7-2)||57:46||3||6||7||5||18|
AMHERST, Mass. - Freshman forward Griff Jeszka scored a goal but Massachusetts was downed by Arizona State, 4-1, on Friday night at Mullins Center.
RESULT: Arizona State 4, Massachusetts 1
LOCATION: Mullins Center (Amherst, Mass.)
RECORDS: Massachusetts (4-11-2); Arizona State (6-13-0)
THE LEAD: University of Massachusetts hockey was unable to overcome a 3-0 deficit and went on to suffer a 4-1 setback to Arizona State on Friday night at the Mullins Center. The Minutemen added a power-play goal late, but could not convert several chances with an extra skater on before the Sun Devils capped the scoring with an empty net goal.
The teams played an even first period with minimal whistles and no scoring. UMass earned the first power play chance of the evening with 1:05 to go in the stanza following a cross checking penalty to Tyler Busch.
Freshman Ryan Wischow made a big glove save with 18:55 on the clock in the second to keep the squads in a scoreless deadlock. The Sun Devils then took a 1-0 lead at the 14:42 mark. Wischow turned aside the initial shot by Liam McGing, but the puck kicked right to Anthony Croston in the slot for the tally.
Senior Ray Pigozzi came narrowly close to tying the score around the 15-minute mark as Steven Iacobellis set him up with a breakaway attempt, steps out of the penalty box. However, ASU netminder Robert Levin denied Pigozzi at the doorstep. Shortly after, the Sun Devils added a second goal on an odd-man rush with Wade Murphy and Drew Newmeyer setting up Joe Lappin at 9:53. Louie Rowe then found Croston with an open net at the opposite post for his second of the contest 12:25 into the period. Freshman Griff Jeskza put UMass on the board with a power-play goal from Kurt Keats with 3:20 remaining and David Norris added the empty netter for the Sun Devils at 19:42.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Minutemen out-shot Arizona State, 31-22. Wischow made 18 saves for UMass and Robert Levin had 18 stops for the Sun Devils.
- UMass won 30 of 55 faceoffs (54.5%) in the contest, led by Jeszka (7 for 8, 87.5%) and Iacobellis (12 for 21, 57.1%).
- The Minutemen went 1-for-4 on the power play on the evening, while ASU was 0-for-1.
- Jeszka's goal marked his fourth of the season, giving him nine points on the year to lead UMass' freshman class.
- Keats' assist was his seventh of the season, tying the team lead for helpers. It also marked his 11th point of the year, one off his 2015-16 total of 12 in 35 games.
UP NEXT: UMass and Arizona State will close out their weekend set tomorrow, Sat., Dec. 17, at 7:00 p.m. at the Mullins Center