Hockey Concludes Regular Season Road Schedule at Alaska
FAIRBANKS, Alaska – The Arizona State men's ice hockey team (15-16-0) completes its home and away series against Alaska Fairbanks (12-17-1) this weekend in the final road trip of the 2021-22 regular season. The two games are scheduled for Friday, Feb. 25, and Saturday, Feb. 26, at 9:07 p.m. MST. Both games will be streamed via FloHockey.
The Sun Devils had the last two weekends off after a home series against the Nanooks, where in a rare instance at Oceanside Ice Arena, ASU dropped both games. ASU outshot Alaska on both nights - notching over 40 on net in each outing. It's the fifth time this season that the Sun Devils sent 40+ shots on target and the first time the team accomplished the feat in back-to-back nights this year. The power play squad had an impressive showing during the weekend, scoring four PPG to extend to a three-game power play goal-scoring streak.
With 36 total points apiece, Hobey Baker nominees Matthew Kopperud and Colin Theisen are tied for ninth in the NCAA in points among skaters. For just the second time this season, Kopperud, the team's leading power play goal scorer notched a man-advantage goal in two consecutive nights. The sophomore's 11 PPG this season leads the nation. Theisen collected his 10th multi-point game on Saturday night while Kopperud secured his 11th.
Freshman Jack Jensen started heating up against the Nanooks, scoring a goal and assist in the first matchup. Classmate Josh Doan is on his own three-game point-scoring streak with an assist each night versus the Nanooks. Defenseman Tim Lovell is on a three-game assist streak and furthers his record book climb with 16 assists on the season to break into the top five of assists by a defensemen in a single season. His 20 points also ties for fifth in total points by a d-man in a single season.
Alaska Fairbanks played four games since their Tempe sweep, and posted a 3-1 record over that span with two wins against St. Thomas and a series split at Long Island.
ASU leads the all-time record against Alaska, 4-3, and posts a 2-1 record on the road at Alaska but has not played in Fairbanks since 2019.
Upon return from Alaska, the team embarks on their final ride at Oceanside with two games against Long Island University on March 11-12. The team will celebrate its seniors in the final home series of the season.
HISTORY VS ALASKA FAIRBANKS (7 games)
2/5/2022, L- 3-4
2/4/2022, L- 3-5
11/9/2019, W- 4-0
11/8/2019, L- 3-4
10/7/2018, W- 5-0
10/6/2018, W- 3-0
10/10/2015, W- 2-1