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Wildcats Hockey loses a tight one with Arizona State

Arizona had ASU on the ropes, but two third period deflections left the Sun Devils on top 2-1, extending their unbeaten streak over the Wildcats to 31

Arizona Wildcats fall to Arizona State
Arizona Wildcats fall to Arizona State
Jason Bartel

Arizona dominated the game tonight. But the scoreboard is all that matters, and it read ASU 2, Arizona 1 at the end of the night.

The Wildcats scored the first goal of the game late in the 2nd period on a nice shot from Mike Ferreira. Arizona was in total control of the second period, and went into the second intermission up 1-0.

Just 28 seconds into the third, ASU tied the game up on a deflection off the stick of Kyle Bowen.

Arizona kept the pressure on the rest of the game, out-hustling the Sun Devils the entire night. They just could not sneak the puck past ASU goalie Joe D'Elia.

But with 2:16 left in the game, Ryan Clark scored the second ASU goal when the puck caromed off a Wildcat defenseman and found Clark in front of a wide open net.

It can't be said enough. Arizona outplayed Arizona State tonight. The Cats were just done in by a couple of bad bounces. Goalie Robert Schultz played fantastic Friday night, stopping 31 of 33 shots faced.

Coach Sean Hogan: "We competed hard, we are a good hockey team and I'm proud of these young men."

The No. 20 Wildcats take on No. 2 Arizona State again Saturday night at 7:30PM at the Tucson Convention Center! Be there for senior night and fan appreciation night! It's also a Red Out, so make sure to wear red!