Las Vegas–Tonight the first ever “Ice Vegas Invitational” tournament ended with the Champion game between the Arizona Sun Devils and Michigan Tech Huskies.
How each school reached the Championship game was the Huskies defeated Hockey East powerhouse Boston College Eagles by a 4-3 final and in the second game of the opening round the Sun Devils beat Northern Michigan by a 7-3 score.
In the opening period of the Championship game of the “Ice Vegas Invitational” the Sun Devils opened the scoring by defenseman Brinson Pasichnuk.
Pasichnuk went in on a breakaway opportunity on Devin Kero of Michigan Tech with some serious stickhandling put the puck past the Huskies goalie for the early 1-0 lead at 2:45 of the 1st.
For the Sun Devils, they would continue where left off at in the scoring department and Johnny Walker connected off of pass from Anthony Croston who went bardown on Huskie’s Kero for 2-0 Arizona State lead 2:28 into the middle frame. Goaltender Joey Daccord would also get credit with a helper on Walkers goal.
Walker Goes Bardown On Kero
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At the 14:19 mark of the 2nd period, Arizona continued to put some distance between them and Michigan with Pasichnuk scoring his second goal of the night. He converted from a pass by Croston and Pasichnuk fired his shot from the point that squeaked five past Kero to make it a 3-0 game.
After the third Arizona goal, Michigan Tech made a goalie swap as they inserted Patrick Munson for the struggling Kero to try and change the momentum of the game.
In the 3rd period of the Champion game, Michigan Tech finally found the back of the net and ending Daccord’s shutout bid. Dylan Steman ended up burying the puck past the Ottawa Senators 2015 draft pick prospect and made it a 3-1 game.
With 3:55 left in the game, Michigan Tech would make things interesting as they tighten the game up 3-2. Greyson Reitmeier ended up getting the puck by Daccord after he connected with Justin Misiak.
This was close as Michigan Tech would get to Arizona in the Championship game as the Sun Devils would take the first ever “Ice Vegas Invitational” title by a 3-2 final.
Senators prospect Daccord finished off the night with an impressive 36 save performance in net for the Sun Devils.
“Joey was awesome, he was incredible, he and Brinson were the best two players on the ice and when two guys play that well gives you a chance to win, those are the two main reasons we won this championship.” Said Coach Powers.
For the Sun Devils to win the 2018 “Ice Vegas Invitational” Championship was big deal for the program with the competition that they had to go thru in the two day tournament with Northern Michigan and Michigan Tech.
“It was a great win, really proud of our guys, it’s certainly something our program can and will build off of to win a trophy, we’re not in a conference, we’re not going to play in the national tournament this year, we came here we beat two really good hockey teams to win.” Coach Power said on winning the 2018 “Ice Vegas Invitational”.
Post Tournament Presser With Head Coach Greg Powers
Sun Devils Head Coach Greg Powers With The 2018 “Ice Vegas Invitational” Championship
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Coming into the tournament, people had the Sun Devils least likely to win and for Arizona State University to be the first school among the other three participants is part of the next step in the maturation of the program and builds confidence for the young club moving forward.
“Yeah 100%, we’re coming in this weekend, we wanted to win, we’re here to win, we’re playing good teams, everyone rid us off, first moment we were invited to this tournament but it’s nothing more we love as underdogs and proven everyone wrong.” Brinson said on the win.
Brinson Pasichnuk Post Tournament Interview @ T-Mobile Arena
At the end of the night blueliner Pasichnuk came away with a 2 goal performance for the Sun Devils hockey team which was his 6th and 7th goals of the season and goaltender Daccord was very complimentary of his performance tonight.
“Great guy, really happy for him, he works as hard as anybody that I’ve ever seen, for him to get rewarded this weekend, maybe this year he hasn’t been able to find the back of the net as much he’d like but he put that to rest this weekend and it really showed why he’s such a special player.” Daccord said on Brinson.
Joey Daccord Post Tournament Interview @ T-Mobile Arena
3 Stars Of Game
Arizona State University: Joey Daccord (36 save performance)
Arizona State University: Brinson Pasichnuk (2 goals)
Arizona State University: Anthony Croston (2 assists)
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