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Arizona hockey: Wildcats take early lead at ASU, lose 4-3 in OT

After being up 3-0 midway through the second period, the Wildcats ended up relinquishing three unanswered goals, plus a fourth in overtime to the Sun Devils.

Wildcats Saluting the crowd after beating NAU IceJacks
Wildcats Saluting the crowd after beating NAU IceJacks
Jason Bartel

The winless streak is now at 29.

The Arizona hockey team took a 3-0 lead against ASU on Friday but allowed the Sun Devils to rally and force overtime, where the Wildcats gave up a goal and fell in a 4-3 heartbreaker. In overtime, ASU senior Darcy Charrois scored the game winner, giving the Sun Devils their 29th straight game over the Cats. The Sun Devils also stay undefeated in overtime games this season.

The Wildcats got off to a quick start at Oceanside Arena. Andrew Murmes scored the first Wildcat goal with four minutes left in the first. However, ASU had a 15-9 advantage in shots on goal through one period.

Goal number two for UA came six minutes into the second, as Dane Irving scored on an assist by Jared Lowell and Jason Effertz. The second goal of the period was scored by the Wildcats' top line, with Brian Slugocki scoring on a set up by Murmes and Ansel Ivens-Anderson. With five minutes left in the second period and Arizona leading 3-0, ASU quickly scored two goals, including one powerplay goal to make it 3-2 going into the second intermission. The Sun Devils also had the SOG advantage in the second, 14-13.

ASU star Colin Hekle was injured about eight minutes into the third period and was taken to the locker room with what appeared to be a shoulder injury. On the penalty kill after the Hekle injury, it appeared the Cats went up 4-2, but the refs waived it off, saying that the net was off the post and keeping the score 3-2 in favor of Arizona.

With seven minutes to go in regulation, Kale Dolinski netted his second goal of the night for the Sun Devils, tying the game at 3. The score remained 3-3 for the rest of regulation as ASU dominated play from then on. SOG were once again in ASU's favor, this time to a 20-7 advantage.

The two teams square off again in Tempe on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Arizona will be looking to keep the streak from reaching 30. As long as the Wildcats can shake off the last 25 minutes of Friday's game, they are poised to finally take down No. 1 Arizona State. Also, the potential of Hekle not playing tomorrow night for ASU is huge for the Cats, as Hekle is the Sun Devils' top point-getter this year.