Preview by Justin Gaither & Liesl Babicka, Sun Devil Athletics' Interns
– After a road sweep of Princeton, the No. 15/13 Sun Devils (12-6-0) enter the last home series of 2018 playing some of their best hockey yet.
Junior goaltender Joey Daccord
stole the show on Friday night with a 45-save shutout, but it was birthday boy Jake Clifford
who proved to be the catalyst for ASU in the series finale as the senior forward scored the game-winner in overtime.
"Joey has been our best player," said head coach Greg Powers
of his netminder. "Him and Brinson have been our two best players as of late and they play like it. He's a stud back there for us."
This weekend, the Sun Devils face yet another formidable foe in Colorado College (7-7-2). The Tigers are 2-1-1 in their last four games and looking to rise in the highly-competitive NCHC standings.
These two programs met just a year ago when ASU travelled to Colorado to take on the Tigers, and the Devils left town with a 4-0 loss and a 4-4 tie.
"They are definitely a program on the rise," said Powers. "We saw them last year, and they were really good, so we are going to have to be on our best to have a chance."
After sitting out the second game of last weekend's series against Princeton, Johnny Walker
looks to reinsert himself into the offense, as the Phoenix-native still remains tied for the NCAA-lead in goals with 13.
The Sun Devil powerplay will have the chance to make a real difference facing off against a Colorado College penalty kill that has struggled and is currently ranked 54th
in the nation.
Limited tickets remain by calling the Sun Devil ticket office at 480-727-0000.
Following this series, the Sun Devils will set their sights on the 2018 Desert Hockey Classic. Making its return to Gila River Arena, the tournament will take place Dec. 28-29 and features four top-20 programs including No. 3 Minnesota State, No. 4 Minnesota-Duluth, No. 19 Clarkson and ASU.
For tickets, please visit the Arizona Coyotes website here
, or call the ticketing office at 480-563-PUCK.