Massachusetts Defeated By Arizona State, 4-1

Freshman forward Griff Jeszka scored a goal for the Minutemen
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
2nd 14:42  ASU1-0 EV Anthony Croston (2)Liam McGing/1, Dylan Hollman/7
3rd 9:53  ASU2-0 EV GW Joe Lappin (2)Wade Murphy/7, Drew Newmeyer/4
3rd 12:25  ASU3-0 EV Anthony Croston (3)Louie Rowe/8
3rd 16:40  UMA1-3 PP Griff Jeszka (4)Kurt Keats/7, Jake McLaughlin/4
3rd 19:42  ASU4-1 EV EN David Norris (3)Brett Gruber/3
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Arizona State  0134
Massachusetts  0011
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Arizona State  68822
Massachusetts  6131231
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Arizona State (6-13-0)  0/1 4/8 0
Massachusetts (4-11-2)  1/4 2/4 0
Arizona State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Robert Levin (W, 2-4-0)60:001 6131130
Massachusetts Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Ryan Wischow (L, 3-7-2)57:463 67518
Empty Net2:141     

AMHERST, Mass. - Freshman forward Griff Jeszka scored a goal but Massachusetts was downed by Arizona State, 4-1, on Friday night at Mullins Center.


RESULT: Arizona State 4, Massachusetts 1
LOCATION: Mullins Center (Amherst, Mass.)
RECORDS: Massachusetts (4-11-2); Arizona State (6-13-0)

THE LEAD: University of Massachusetts hockey was unable to overcome a 3-0 deficit and went on to suffer a 4-1 setback to Arizona State on Friday night at the Mullins Center. The Minutemen added a power-play goal late, but could not convert several chances with an extra skater on before the Sun Devils capped the scoring with an empty net goal.


The teams played an even first period with minimal whistles and no scoring. UMass earned the first power play chance of the evening with 1:05 to go in the stanza following a cross checking penalty to Tyler Busch.


Freshman Ryan Wischow made a big glove save with 18:55 on the clock in the second to keep the squads in a scoreless deadlock. The Sun Devils then took a 1-0 lead at the 14:42 mark. Wischow turned aside the initial shot by Liam McGing, but the puck kicked right to Anthony Croston in the slot for the tally.


Senior Ray Pigozzi came narrowly close to tying the score around the 15-minute mark as Steven Iacobellis set him up with a breakaway attempt, steps out of the penalty box. However, ASU netminder Robert Levin denied Pigozzi at the doorstep. Shortly after, the Sun Devils added a second goal on an odd-man rush with Wade Murphy and Drew Newmeyer setting up Joe Lappin at 9:53. Louie Rowe then found Croston with an open net at the opposite post for his second of the contest 12:25 into the period. Freshman Griff Jeskza put UMass on the board with a power-play goal from Kurt Keats with 3:20 remaining and David Norris added the empty netter for the Sun Devils at 19:42.


- The Minutemen out-shot Arizona State, 31-22. Wischow made 18 saves for UMass and Robert Levin had 18 stops for the Sun Devils.

- UMass won 30 of 55 faceoffs (54.5%) in the contest, led by Jeszka (7 for 8, 87.5%) and Iacobellis (12 for 21, 57.1%).

- The Minutemen went 1-for-4 on the power play on the evening, while ASU was 0-for-1.

- Jeszka's goal marked his fourth of the season, giving him nine points on the year to lead UMass' freshman class.

- Keats' assist was his seventh of the season, tying the team lead for helpers. It also marked his 11th point of the year, one off his 2015-16 total of 12 in 35 games.

UP NEXT: UMass and Arizona State will close out their weekend set tomorrow, Sat., Dec. 17, at 7:00 p.m. at the Mullins Center