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    Arizona State Sun Devils 2017-18 -- Year Three!

    Starting a thread for our third season of D-I hockey. Click here for a link to the thread from season two and the year one hybrid season.

    The big questions that still remain as we head into season three --
    - Arena: hearing some positive things, but still nothing concrete has been announced.
    - Conference: The school pulled out of the talks with the WCHA. So what does that mean? I'm guessing they want to get this arena thing figured out and either make another run at the NCHC or see what changes may occur in the conference alignments.

    Positives --
    - Netted the 12th ranked recruiting class last year (although two did not make it through the NCAA Clearinghouse) and currently hold the number nine class for next season. So despite the arena and conference, the school is bringing in some very nice players.
    - Home schedule is great with visits from Penn State, BU, UML, Quinnipiac, Princeton, UMass and UAH. By the sounds of it scheduling for the next few years is in good shape. The odd numbered conferences are certainly helping get sustained schedule into late February like we have this season.
    - A pair of tournaments, one in Vegas and one in Pittsburgh. With not much of a chance to reach postseason and no conference tourneys, these are good for the guys.

    Wait and See --
    - 12 games at Oceanside. For all of the days of youth charm it may hold, it is not a quality facility for us. It will do and is home for now, but certainly would be nice if the other building was on deck. Hope it goes well for our visitors.

    My outlook --
    We had three D-I wins in the hybrid season and had eight last season, with some nice road ties at Western Michigan and Ohio State. I expect that win number to climb again this season. I'm interested to see which goalie takes control of the net. With the new recruits coming in, the team should continue to play its heavy, physical style.

    Good luck to all the teams out there. I'm happy to answer any questions for our visitors coming in or the program here in general. Onward and upward we go! Go Devils!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Revs89.2 View Post
    - Home schedule is great with visits from Penn State, BU, UML, Quinnipiac, Princeton, UMass and UAH. By the sounds of it scheduling for the next few years is in good shape. The odd numbered conferences are certainly helping get sustained schedule into late
    Could've stopped after Quinnipiac

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    Re: Arizona State Sun Devils 2017-18 -- Year Three!

    Jashvina Shah over at CHN took time to talk to Coach Powers about what was involved in ASUs move to D-I as well as what it might look like for others to make the move.

    It begins around the 32 minute mark. https://www.collegehockeynews.com/live/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhett Hot View Post
    Could've stopped after Quinnipiac
    Thanks for your unending respect!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gfmorris View Post
    Thanks for your unending respect!

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    I'm looking forward to seeing your boys in Tempe, GFM. Hoping the return trip next season falls on a weekend I can make the trip to your place.

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    Short preview with HC Powers from Ice Time Hockey SW. Looking forward to seeing everyone playing and the different line combos that coach runs out. Link below.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=bz_S3Pe35Uw

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    Quote Originally Posted by Revs89.2 View Post
    I'm looking forward to seeing your boys in Tempe, GFM. Hoping the return trip next season falls on a weekend I can make the trip to your place.
    We welcome you. I've been to Tempe once — State Street on the first Saturday night after freshmen rolled into campus.

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    Re: Arizona State Sun Devils 2017-18 -- Year Three!

    Quote Originally Posted by gfmorris View Post
    Thanks for your unending respect!

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    All in good fun

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhett Hot View Post
    All in good fun
    Sorry, watching my program nearly get killed leaves me very thin-skinned.

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    Re: Arizona State Sun Devils 2017-18 -- Year Three!

    Well we are off and running. The Sun Devils defeated NAIT 4-1 last night in its exhibition opener. The game was chippy, as seems to be the case whenever we play these teams from Canada. ASU dominated most of the game, outhsooting NAIT 41-20. Newcomer and local, Johnny Walker, scored a goal and had an assist. He was also issued a game misconduct late in the third. He will be a fun player to watch. Powers had him paired with Tyler Busch and Brett Gruber on the top line. The D core was led by Brinson Pasichnuk. Freshmen Jacob Wilson and Gvido Jansons were a nice pairing as well.

    Not much can be learned from the goaltending. Neither Daccord or Pashovitz were tested too much.

    My takeaways. It will be, as expected, another heavy, physical team. The additions are only going to enhance that. It will be interesting to see if they have a true sniper on this team or if it will be scoring by committee.

    Lastly, time to beat the drum again, the building. As you all know Oceanside holds about 750 and is not suitable. Last night 375 students from the student 942 crew showed up. That was great, but unfortunately, others had to be turned away as they couldn't fit anymore people in the building. Never a great prospect and this was for an exhibition game. The talk is "soon" as we have continued to be told. But a solution is needed ASAP.

    UMass will be here next week and that should be a better indication of what this team will look like. Go Devils!

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    Re: Arizona State Sun Devils 2017-18 -- Year Three!

    Great article from The Arizona Republic on the state of the program and a few arena bits as well ...

    http://www.azcentral.com/story/sport...all/738078001/

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    Re: Arizona State Sun Devils 2017-18 -- Year Three!

    Haven't posted on this site in awhile. Eight games in and we are 1-5-2. Impressive opening night win over UMass, but a not so impressive game two loss to them. Swept at Air Force, but kept both games close and could have come away with a result. A loss and tie at Omaha and then the same result at Colgate.

    This team is a much better than the group from last year and I anticipate results will come as roles are more firmly established. One spot that does seem to be solidified is in goal. Joey Daccord has started in 7 of the 8 games and I don't see that trend changing.

    HC Powers did an interview yesterday talking about travel, the previous three road trips and the upcoming home series with UAH.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=axl2-ryQ_Pg

    We then have a week off before hosting Penn State on the 17th and 18th.

    October was a fun month in college hockey and looking forward to seeing what November brings.

    Go Devils!

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    Re: Arizona State Sun Devils 2017-18 -- Year Three!

    Few news updates from Sun Devil Hockey Land...

    Tonight during the coaches show (which can be viewed on the "Sun Devil Hockey" Facebook page), it was announced that ASU HC Greg Powers has been extended through the 2022 season. That is great news for any ASU hockey fan.

    Longtime Arizona Republic columnist and now faculty at ASU Paola Boivin wrote a piece on what the new refurbished Sun Devil Stadium will offer. One of those mentioned was an outdoor NCAA hockey game. A wild concept, but would be fun to do. Any takers out there that would want to be our opponent? Link to the story below.

    https://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/2017/...devil-stadium/

    Arena update from the coaches show. Powers admitted the failed joint venture with the Coyotes slowed down the progress for the arena. But things are back on track and very close to an announcement. Great news!

    And progress through 10 games. Last year ASU was 2-8, this year, 2-6-2. A little difference, but a more impressive statistic is ASU was a -28 in goal differential last year and a -10 this year, through 10 games. That is a positive sign. Of course, so heavy hitter still to come on the schedule.

    Week off before Penn State visits. Should be fun!

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    Denver/Air Force/Colorado College.

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    So the Friday BU game out there is "sold out" apparently, are there ways to obtain tickets through other manners any of you know of without paying the current $100 asking price on Stubhub?
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    Quote Originally Posted by brassbonanza View Post
    So the Friday BU game out there is "sold out" apparently, are there ways to obtain tickets through other manners any of you know of without paying the current $100 asking price on Stubhub?
    IIRC one of the rinks they use (The misnamed "Oceanside") has capacity is measured in "hundreds". If you want to make the trip to see the Cacti, that's fine. watch the game on cable and invest the savings!

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    Quote Originally Posted by brassbonanza View Post
    So the Friday BU game out there is "sold out" apparently, are there ways to obtain tickets through other manners any of you know of without paying the current $100 asking price on Stubhub?
    Brass - Some times on game day they will sell some additional tickets, but I am unsure of other ways to get tickets, although surprised that they are $100 on stub hub. I knew this would be the case for these games. We have often times this year had to turn away students as there is not enough room to fit them. However, if you do get tickets, my guess is they will be general admission. I would suggest getting in the building when it opens at 6, as it is first come first serve in sections A, B and I think G for the GA tickets.

    In reply to HH - We play the majority of our games in Oceanside this season. It is a bad building by D1 standards and holds roughly 750. The sight lines are horrible and the restrooms are weak. But, it is what it is right now. We just heard an announcement on a new 4k seat arena for us is coming soon. We are all eagerly awaiting that day. But nobody, including folks within the program, will defend Oceanside. In fact, everyone is thankful of the support we have received throughout college hockey, minus a few detractors.

    I had anticipated these games being played at Gila, but once the Coyotes/Events schedule was announced for that building, we were only able to schedule three games. Thus some very big name programs will be making the trip to Oceanside. Wish there were better news.

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    Re: Arizona State Sun Devils 2017-18 -- Year Three!

    Quote Originally Posted by Revs89.2 View Post
    Brass - Some times on game day they will sell some additional tickets, but I am unsure of other ways to get tickets, although surprised that they are $100 on stub hub.
    I saw tickets for $200 on stub hub.
    Friends and I were able to secure Saturday tickets so we'll be making the trip regardless. Hopefully we'll be able to score Friday night tix as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by Revs89.2 View Post
    Brass - Some times on game day they will sell some additional tickets, but I am unsure of other ways to get tickets, although surprised that they are $100 on stub hub. I knew this would be the case for these games. We have often times this year had to turn away students as there is not enough room to fit them. However, if you do get tickets, my guess is they will be general admission. I would suggest getting in the building when it opens at 6, as it is first come first serve in sections A, B and I think G for the GA tickets.
    Thanks for this info! Seeing as how the rink is so, shall we say, rudimentary - are there any "other" means to get into the rink such as a back door or anything? I would have no issue standing on the side for the Friday game, but I'd just like to get in the door without paying triple digits. Or, are there anything resembling scalpers or people outside the rink selling extras?
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    Re: Arizona State Sun Devils 2017-18 -- Year Three!

    Quote Originally Posted by brassbonanza View Post
    Thanks for this info! Seeing as how the rink is so, shall we say, rudimentary - are there any "other" means to get into the rink such as a back door or anything? I would have no issue standing on the side for the Friday game, but I'd just like to get in the door without paying triple digits. Or, are there anything resembling scalpers or people outside the rink selling extras?
    I have never seen a scalper there, but that doesn't mean they are not there. The rink is in the middle of nowhere. About as nondescript as you could imagine. One positive is Mill Ave. is very close by and Tempe Marketplace is even closer. So lots of great restaurant options close by. Just nothing onsite. But this was never made with the purpose of being a D1 facility.

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