ASU Sun Devils have fun a intention as they defeat University of Nebraska Omaha 7-2 in Tempe, Arizona on Oct. 27, 2018.
After a summer of bonding, the ASU hockey group is lower back in Tempe with high spirits and expectations to preserve elevating this system.
After an underwhelming 2017-18 season beneath head teach Greg Powers, the Sun Devils broke out final season going 21-13-1 on their way to securing the program’s first NCAA event bid.
While final year become a step forward for this system, the temper across the area turned into obvious: their ride to the event wasn’t a fluke.
“We had a awesome 12 months. We assume that we surprised quite a good deal all and sundry however ourselves. We need to preserve to push the rock ahead,” Powers stated. “We made the tournament ultimate 12 months, however we want to get in addition this year.”
The crew carried last season’s momentum into the summer because it traveled to China to square off against groups from both the VHL (Supreme Hockey League) and the KHL (Kontinental Hockey League). It’s now not regularly that college hockey groups are able to tour abroad and see in-game action over the summer time.
Powers was able to test his team in recreation action to try out one of a kind players and combos, which he said might be beneficial for the begin of the season.
“Figuring out line combos, unique team’s combinations, PK pairs, all that stuff is a massive luxurious,” Powers said. “It lets in us to focus on development and make certain these men are truely sharp going into our first recreation.”
The trip to China turned into a fulfillment for the team overall, because it went a combined 4-1 against talented worldwide competition on its manner to the Fu Xing Cup title. While the Sun Devils fared properly in China, the camaraderie the group created off the ice was its most vital development.
“That ride became so cool, definitely one we are not going to forget,” senior defenseman Brinson Pasichnuk said. “Off the ice become sincerely special. You’re with each different 24/7 for 12 days directly. I don’t assume whatever else can manifest except come to be a own family.”
Goaltender Max Prawdzik, a graduate switch from Boston University, stated he may want to sense a completely unique sort of connection after spending the summer with the crew.
“It’s simply so a laugh gaining knowledge of the guys,” Prawdzik said. “I sense really near with the group proper now, even though I virtually haven’t been right here for a first-rate long period of time.”
Pasichnuk and others echoed the sentiment of how tight-knit the team is.
“I guarantee you we’re the nearest team in university hockey,” Pasichnuk stated.
Powers and his crew have stated all of the right matters heading into the season, however with the season opener towards Mercyhurst on Oct. 5 speedy coming near, it is time to position the Sun Devils’ team chemistry to the check.
“We have an awesome enough team,” he said. “We have enough talent here now. The culture is so exact with our participant leadership organization that if we maintain to do this, I consider we will truely have a higher 12 months than we did closing 12 months.”