Hockey Breaks Ice on Home and Away Series vs. Alaska Fairbanks
TEMPE, Ariz. – Sun Devil Hockey (15-14) returns home after a month on the road to face the University of Alaska Fairbanks (7-16-1) to open the home-and-away series with the Nanooks.
The two teams will play on Friday, Feb. 4, and Saturday, Feb. 5, with both games set for puck drop at 7:05 p.m. MST and streamed via the Arizona State Live Stream.
"If you can win 20 games it's a huge accomplishment and that's what we are looking for." head coach Greg Powers noted on his team's remaining opportunity. "We have six games left. In college hockey, if you can win 20 games that's a big accomplishment. It doesn't matter what the end result is."
ASU opens home play in January coming off of two hard fought games and eventual losses at No. 1 Minnesota State in Mankato.
With two goals within two minutes on Saturday, Josh Doan returned to Tempe in the top-10 of NCAA total point scorers. Doan popped off in the month of January with six goals, five assists, and 11 points in nine games played and including ranked opponents No. 9 Cornell, No. 11 Northeastern, and No. 1 MSU. He averaged 1.22 points per game (unreal) and finished every night even or with a plus to tally a +7 while boasting one power play goal and one game-winning goal. The rookie notched two three-point nights at #11 NU and RIT. For the cherry on top, Doan set a new program record for most points scored by a freshman in ASU history.
Birthday Boy takes the cake ??
…and the title of best rookie point scorer in ASU history with 31 (11G, 20A) pic.twitter.com/HszHx2HjS7
— Sun Devil Hockey (@SunDevilHockey) February 1, 2022
Colin Theisen, Matthew Kopperud, and Doan each rank among the top-10 point scorers in the NCAA which makes the Sun Devils the only team with three players in the top 10. Theisen (16G-18A) and Koppererud (16G-17A) each tacked on two points against the Mavericks to keep them afloat in the top six.
The Nanooks come off of a series split against University of Vermont last weekend after splitting the previous series against No. 8 Minnesota. Three of Alaska Fairbanks' seven wins have come on the road, where they sit at 3-12-1 on the season.
ASU on the other hand, the Sun Devils are nearly lights out at home with an impressive 11-4 record at Oceanside with five top-20 upsets. With just five games between the two programs, The last meeting in Tempe was during the 2018-19 season with back-to-back shutout wins for the Maroon and gold.
HISTORY AGAINST ALASKA FAIRBANKS (5 GAMES)
11/9/2019, W- 4-0
11/8/2-19, L- 3-4
10/7/2018, W- 5-0
10/6/2018, W- 3-0
10/10/2015, W- 2-1