Sooners lose 2-1 to Arizona State

Despite the snow and ice that covered the state, OU Hockey played the #24 Arizona State Sun Devils at Blazers Ice Centre on Friday night. Neither team went into the contest particularly well-prepared, with both teams missing practices due to the weather in Oklahoma.

The game did not have much puck possession or tape-to-tape passes on either side. This was a very physical game with a lot of dump and chase hockey being played.

There’s not much to say about this game that hasn’t been said already this season. The Sooners didn’t put in a full 60-minute effort and lost yet another close game that could’ve been a win. These close games against ranked opponents continue to grate on the nerves of the Sooners. Austin Miller wasn’t happy after the game.

“It’s, unfortunately, back to the same issues we’ve had at times this season,” said Miller. “We just weren’t ready to compete against another team that was competing hard.”

Miller likened the Sooners’ play to “men’s league” hockey.

“I describe it as a men’s league game because when you play men’s league, you just float around and have fun,” said Miller. “We lost way too many battles in the first and second period. We didn’t do anything that makes us a successful hockey team.”

Brendan Studioso opened the scoring tonight with his sixth goal of the season. Studioso found the puck after a faceoff in ASU’s offensive zone, walked through multiple Sooners players and then found twine on a nice shot that found its way past Sooners goaltender Gage Redman.

ASU’s second of the night came from Wyatt Palmer on a fluke rebound that also came after a defensive zone faceoff loss for the Sooners. The Sooners were likely two faceoff wins and two periods of solid play away from winning this hockey game.

“For the first two periods, we were just trying to do too much on our own,” said defenseman Cameron Bickford. “It’s not going to work in this league. We need to be better as a team, work together and be more physical.”

The game wasn’t all negative by any means. Gage Redman had yet another solid outing in goal. He stopped 21 of 23 shots and has been a rock for the Sooners since his debut in December. Despite the admirable performance, Redman was visibly displeased with the two goals that he allowed.

“The first one was just a skilled play,” said Redman. “(Studioso) made a good move. The second one I didn’t even see get shot or how it went into the net. It definitely got put on the scoreboard.”

About halfway into the third period, the Sooners seemed to finally get some momentum when they scored their first goal of the night. Tristan Glass slapped in a juicy rebound off a Cameron Bickford slapshot for his sixth goal of the year to make the score 2-1 ASU.

The Sooners would come incredibly close to tying the game and sending it to overtime. As the clock ticked down, the Sooners were buzzing in the ASU zone with an extra attacker after Gage Redman was pulled. Simon Weingartner had the puck on his stick with no Sun Devils near him and a wide-open net, the ASU goaltender helpless. Weingartner missed tying the game by about 5 inches.

The Sooners will play ASU once more tonight at 5 p.m. central. Catch the action at bdehockey.com

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