No. 1 Arizona State Ekes out Victory vs. No. 3 Colorado State

Fort Collins, CO The #3 Colorado State Rams hosted #1 Arizona State on a brisk evening on campus as the Devils handed the Rams their second straight loss on the 2014 season. The two teams were neck and neck throughout before ASU scored the game's final two goals to eke out a 5-4 victory.

While the game was low scoring, it did not lack drama or excitement. The teams played to a 0-0 tie after one quarter as both defenses stood tall. The Rams finally struck first when freshman attackman A.J. Stewart (Fort Collins HS; Fort Collins, CO) fed junior midfielder Eric Uhl (The Masters School; Simsbury, CT) just 32 seconds into the second quarter for a step-down opportunity.

The Devils answered back with two quick goals by Dan Davis, one with 9:38 remaining in the half and another just seven seconds later after being fed by face-off man Zack Handy. Colorado State battled back, tying the score at 2-2 when Stewart stepped out from behind the goal to stick one home with 2:20 left to close first half scoring.

The third quarter saw just one goal when sophomore Tyler Doskins (Highlands Ranch HS; Parker, CO) scooped up a rebound to give the Rams a 3-2 lead heading into the final quarter. Logan Quinn tied it up again at 3-3 early in the fourth on a nice dodge and roll back from the wing to set up a dramatic finish.

Sophomore Jake Johnson (Bridgton Academy; Lake Forest, CA) gave the Rams the lead again with 9:55 on another rebound opportunity. But Arizona State took control, tying the game on a Kyle Denis goal and then finally taking the lead when Quinn scored with 4:05 remaining to give the Devils the 5-4 victory.

The game was nearly even in all aspects. Both teams took 24 shots, CSU edged ASU in groundballs with a 29-24 advantage and ASU won seven face-offs to CSU's five. Colorado State goaltenders combined for nine saves while the Devils had six on the evening. Neither team scored on its two man-up opportunities. Quinn and Davis led the Devils with two goals each while Stewart's one goal and one assist were good for a team-high two points.

With their second straight loss, Colorado State falls to 4-2 overall on the season. They host the Cal Bears on Saturday night in their annual Hall of Fame Game at Shea Stadium in Highlands Ranch, CO. Five new members will be inducted in the CSULAA Hall of Fame at a halftime ceremony. ASU moves to 6-0 and will face-off against the #2 Colorado Buffaloes on Saturday to close their Rocky Mountain road trip.


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