ASU Hockey: Sun Devils shut out by Tigers at home

TEMPE, AZ - NOVEMBER 14: Arizona State Sun Devils masct, 'Sparky' performs during the college football game against the Washington Huskies at Sun Devil Stadium on November 14, 2015 in Tempe, Arizona. The Sun Devils defeated the Huskies 27-17. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
TEMPE, AZ - NOVEMBER 14: Arizona State Sun Devils masct, 'Sparky' performs during the college football game against the Washington Huskies at Sun Devil Stadium on November 14, 2015 in Tempe, Arizona. The Sun Devils defeated the Huskies 27-17. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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ASU hockey hosted Princeton Friday night at Oceanside Ice Arena. The Tigers scored two goals in the first period and rolled to a 4-0 victory in the first game of the series.

The Sun Devils (3-9-3) came off a long bye week and it didn’t help them. Princeton installed its fast-paced offense right away and the Tigers’ veterans found success.

“Bye weeks are tough,” ASU head coach Greg Powers said. “It’s not something that we want to do but you’re allotted 34 games and sometimes it’s a necessary evil in college hockey. Guys have to figure out a way to ramp up and be ready to play, and tonight, it just took us a while to get going.”

ASU struggled with turnovers early on and couldn’t find a way through on its breakout. Princeton (6-6-1) drew first blood off a neutral zone turnover that led to junior Alex Riche making a nice pass to Eric Robinson for the score.

Less than three minutes later, Princeton was awarded a power play opportunity. ASU goaltender Joey Daccord made an initial save but could not corral the rebound and David Hallisey tucked in the Tigers’ second goal of the night.

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Hallisey is on a six-game goal streak and has nine total on the season for the Tigers.

Princeton went to work right away in the second period. Riche powered home a one-timer just 34 seconds in. Junior Ryan Kuffner had the assist.

The final goal came late in the third period as Max Véronneau made a tic-tac-toe pass to Ryan Kuffner.

The Princeton veterans made it happen all night. Eight of their upperclassmen contributed at least one point in Friday night’s game.

Freshman goaltender Ryan Ferland kept out all 20 of the Sun Devils’ shots for a shutout win. Daccord saved 32 of the 36 shots he faced for his sixth-straight game with 30-plus saves.

On his birthday, Powers did not get the outcome he wanted for his team.

“We have guys making mistakes, costly mistakes, that can’t make them in games like this,” Powers said. “When you have a team full of freshman and sophomores, it has to get to a point with all of the ice time and experience these kids are getting that they stop making those.”

The series will continue Saturday night at Oceanside Ice Arena for game two. Puck drop is at 7:05 p.m. MT.

All quotes in this article were obtained firsthand by Devils in Detail unless otherwise noted.