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Hockey Wraps Up Road Trip at RIT

Jan 13, 2022

ROCHESTER, NY.With another ranked win in pocket, the road warriors made the six-hour trek to Rochester for the last stop of a two-week road trip. Sun Devil Hockey (13-12-0) faces the Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers (10-7-2) for two games this weekend at Gene Polisseni Center. Friday night's puck drop is slated for 5:05 p.m. MST, while Saturday's game will be a 3:05 p.m. MST matinee.

The momentum is in favor for the Sun Devils who have now played three games in the last seven days – and a total of five in January, while RIT has only seen the ice once in the new year after facing postponement issues and a bye week. 

In a last-minute mid-week matchup with No. 11 Northeastern, ASU was able to cash in six goals on one of the best college goaltenders in the country for their fifth straight win against a ranked opponent. 

A performance highlighted by graduate forward Colin Theisen becoming the 19th active NCAA Division I men's ice hockey player to break into the century club, joining teammate Johnny Walker. Theisen's 28 points (15G, 13A) this season ranks second in scoring behind sophomore forward Matthew Kopperud, who holds the first place title with 29 points (13G, 16A). 

Theisen wasn't the only Sun Devil breaking records Tuesday night, freshman forward Josh Doan was able to notch three points (1G, 2A) making him the sole point leader among all NCAA freshman in the country. Doan's 25 points this season surpassed Walker's record of 24 that was set in 2017-18 during his freshman season. 

Kopperud, Theisen, and Doan each have over 25 points this season which has only been done by one other team in the country. Michigan's Kent Johnson, Brendan Brisson, and Matty Beniers also match that stat. Theisen and Kopperud were announced as Hobey Baker nominees on Wednesday afternoon. 

As for the Tigers, they will be looking to avenge their 0-4 record against ASU which included a home and away sweep both times the teams have met. RIT has played one game in 2022 which ended in a 3-2 win over Sacred Heart. The last time the Tigers had a two-game series was on December 11 and 12 where they dropped both games to Army, being outscored 3-10 on the weekend. 
January 18, 2020 - W, 5-3
January 17, 2020 - W, 6-1
February 2, 2019 - W, 4-2
February 1, 2019 - W, 6-1