ASU hockey resumes a season-ending six-game road trip Friday with a two-game series versus Michigan Tech, a team the Sun Devils defeated in January.
Arizona State hockey heads north to Michigan Tech for a weekend series rematch of the Vegas Ice Invitational Championship game.
ASU (7-18-5) is back in action after a week off as the Sun Devils were swept by Yale two weeks ago due to two late overtime losses. Now, the team looks to bounce back against a familiar foe from earlier in the season.
The Sun Devils were victorious over the Michigan Tech Huskies (15-13-5) to win the inaugural Ice Vegas Invitational Championship back on Jan. 6. It marked the first tournament win in ASU’s program history.
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The championship game was the first-ever meeting between ASU and Michigan Tech. Sophomore defenseman Brinson Pasichnuk tallied two goals and freshman Johnny Walker added another en route to a 3-2 victory for the Sun Devils.
Pasichnuk was awarded tournament MVP for his efforts. The young leader is now pacing his ASU squad with 22 points heading into this weekend.
ASU sophomore goaltender Joey Daccord posted 36 saves on 38 shots against the Huskies back in January.
Daccord is now first in both saves (936) and shots faced (1030) in NCAA Division I through 28 games played.
The Sun Devils have gone through a rough stretch since the big program moment. ASU is 1-6-1 in its last eight games. Michigan Tech has gone 4-4 since the Vegas meeting.
The Huskies are led by junior Jake Lucchini who has 11 goals and 15 assists for a team-best 26 points. Sophomore forward Gavin Gould is right behind with 11 goals and 12 assists.
Jake Jackson, a 2013 San Jose Sharks seventh round draft pick, has 21 points on the season for the Huskies.
MTU has a three-goaltender rotation going between senior Devin Kero, junior Patrick Munson and freshman Robbie Beydoun. Munson has been the go-to guy in net, but Kero may get a chance to redeem himself this weekend after getting pulled from the first game against ASU.
The Sun Devils and Huskies will battle it out at MacInnes Student Ice Arena in Houghton, Mich. on Friday and Saturday. Puck drop is set for 5:07 p.m. MT for both games.