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Arizona State hockey coach Greg Powers walked into the community ice arena adjacent to Mullett Arena last Friday and thought he was experiencing a senior moment. There was Michigan Tech coach Joe Shawhan preparing his team to skate. “I was honestly confused,” Powers said, laughing. “I was like, ‘Wait a minute, I thought we played BC tonight.'” If you’re wondering…

When the Sun Devils reached the midpoint of their season last weekend in New Hampshire, a casual glance showed a 9-10 team that was 2-8 on the road (1-0 in neutral-site games) and now sits No. 27 in the PairWise Rankings. The NCAA Tournament field of 16 felt far away. A closer inspection reveals just how close ASU is to postseason contention, however. Of the Devils’ eight road losses, three have come in overtime (Minnesota-Duluth, Bemidji State, New Hampshire) and two more came in the final two minutes of regulation, one with 16.7 remaining in regulation at Clarkson, the other with 1:58 remaining at Denver. There has also been controversy. The Sun Devils had a goal disallowed late in regulation…

Rick Zombo and his Lindenwood University hockey staff have been leaning on Greg Powers for advice over the past couple of seasons. The Lions, who joined the NCAA Division I ranks this season, are walking the same path that the Sun Devils walked eight seasons ago when ASU made the leap from club team to Division I. Zombo has something...

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The design of the play was simple. The reward for proper execution was massive. About halfway through 3-on-3 overtime against the No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday at Mullett Arena, ASU coach Greg Powers called a timeout. He wanted Josh Doan to take the faceoff, but he wanted his sophomore captain to do more than just win that draw. “Center wins it forward and when he does, the winger goes,” Powers explained. “Center sends it, breakaway.” Doan won the draw to the weak side and Robert Mastrosimone went, getting in alone to score the game-winner and give ASU a 6-5 win that it needed in the worst way. https://twitter.com/shawn_depaz/status/1596728499553075201 “Another benchmark win for us,” said Powers, who apologized for…

Sun Devils men’s hockey coach Greg Powers nearly got the complete effort that he was looking for from his team. After a week’s worth of practice in which he cajoled his players to funnel bodies and pucks to the net in an effort to solve their scoring woes, ASU broke out with a season-high five goals in a 5-3 win against Colorado College at Mullett Arena on Friday. The power play clicked for a goal on four chances, even if it was from the second unit and player of the game Demetrios Koumontzis. The Devils won a majority of their faceoffs, TJ Semptimphelter (29 saves) was superb in goal again, and ASU even got a goal from its defense when…

When the disappointing 2021-22 season ended, Arizona State men’s hockey coach Greg Powers and his staff identified one area in particular that needed improvement: the team’s ability to keep the puck out of the net. In the offseason, the Sun Devils revamped their goaltending position and they spent a good chunk of training camp focusing on defending better; even delivering the edict that those who did not defend well would not play. The results have been there through six games. ASU is allowing 2.7 goals per game, which ranks 23rd in the nation (ASU was tied for 51st last season), and goaltender TJ Semptimphelter is 15th in the nation with a save percentage of .934. The issue that Powers did…

You couldn’t write a script better than the one that unfolded at the Sun Devils men’s hockey team’s first-ever game at Mullett Arena on Friday. In front of a sold-out crowd and a student section larger than the entire capacity of Oceanside Ice Arena, captain Josh Doan ushered in a new generation of ASU hockey. “There’s hockey gods and they were here tonight because Josh Doan certainly deserves to have that benchmark in history in our program,” coach Greg Powers said. That benchmark, of course, is the goal that Doan scored with 45 seconds left in the first period to give the Sun Devils a 1-0 lead over Colgate. The team went on to win in a 2-0 shutout. Seriously,…

When the NCAA canceled the remainder of the 2019-20 college hockey season due to the outbreak of COVID-19, Sun Devil hockey was in the best place in the program’s Division I history. The Sun Devils were 22-11-3, they were ranked 13th in the nation, 12th in the Pairwise Rankings and they were absolutely headed to their second straight NCAA Tournament. The global pandemic stalled all of that momentum. Faced with major travel restrictions and the uncertainty of the pandemic’s future, most hockey conferences chose to play only intra-conference games while others such as the Ivy League schools canceled the 2020-21 season altogether. As an independent, ASU had no choice but to play an all-road schedule in the Big Ten if…

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