Kraws Sets New Career High Against #5 Quinnipiac
HAMDEN, Conn. -- Sun Devil Hockey goaltender Ben Kraws set a new career high in saves in a game with 49 against No. 5 Quinnipiac on Saturday night. Despite another early lead, the Arizona State men's ice hockey team (6-6-0) fell, 5-2, to QU (9-1-2) at People's United Center.
ASU got off to a quick start for the second night in a row with a goal from Ryan O'Reilly a little over five minutes into the game. Ben Kraws earned his fifth start this season and immediately got to work in between the pipes. The junior transfer made 18 saves through the first frame to hold QU scoreless through the introductory 20 minutes.
In the second period, The Bobcats had three power play opportunities in the first eight minutes of the game, and ASU held them to just one goal. The Sun Devil penalty kill was strong through two, holding the Bobcats to just two goals on the man-up opportunity. Kraws made 39 saves through two periods.
ASU entered the third period of play and said, "no backing down" as Tim Lovell scored his fourth goal of the season just 56 seconds into the final frame.
- Starting goaltender Ben Kraws made 18 saves in the first 20 minutes, while ASU notched only ten shots.
- Ryan O'Reilly scored at 5:17 in the first period for his first goal of the season. Freshman defenseman Ty Murchison was credited with the assist - his second of his collegiate career.
- Quinnipiac tied it up on a power play goal from Michael Lombardi 2:09 into the second period.
- The Bobcats had three power plays in the first eight minutes of the second period and were able to capitalize on just one opportunity.
- ASU had a man up 7:39 into the second, and got some shots up but did not score.
- Bobcats had a PP after Jacob Wilson was called for Holding with 3:31 remaining in the second and Quinnipiac scored with seven seconds remaining in the PP for the 2-1 lead.
- On the breakaway, Quinnipiac picked up their third goal with 24.1 remaining in the second.
- Kraws recorded 39 saves through two off the Bobcat's 61 total shots.
- ASU came out hot out of the intermission as sophomore Tim Lovell scored just 56 seconds into the final frame, bringing the score within one.
- Kraws finished with a new career high in saves at 49. His previous single-game high was 39 against Minnesota Duluth on December 6, 2020. The program record sits at 53 saves in a game by Joey Daccord.
- Things got even more interesting at 14:42 in the third period following some extracurricular activities near the ASU goal. Tim Lovell served a two-minute penalty for fighting and Josh Doan was issued a 10-min misconduct.
- QU scored on an empty net to secure the 5-2 win.