D2 IceJacks Freeze ASU Sun Devils

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Posted: Monday, November 4, 2019 9:00 am

The NAU D2 Ice Jacks defeated Arizona State University (ASU) last night during their third meeting this season 5-2. NAU had more than double the shots on goal with 47 to ASU’s 22, describing how in control NAU was with the puck.

The Ice Jacks capitalized on their starting first line throughout the game, including Jakob Nelson, Rayce Miller, Jordan Nolan, Jeremy Mills and Dain Austin. This line alone was able to produce two goals and two assists. Both of which were from Jakob Nelson and Rayce Miller, who seem to have been playing together for years, but have only been playing together since the start of the season.

“It’s really nice playing with Rayce,” Nelson said. “He is really responsible on the ice and I know if he has the puck, I know he is going to do his job with it. We get set in the zone and we cycle really well and we pass to each other and we seem to have a lot of good chemistry. So that really helps.”

NAU dominated on bringing the intensity by making hits against the board, completing passes and drawing penalties for power plays. Alex Shupe credits Red Bull energy drinks and smelling salts to how they kept their energy up the entire game. But as far as power plays go,

NAU was not able to capitalize on the six penalties ASU served. They struggled to get set up during power plays and ASU was able to get the puck out of their zone more times than we were able to take shots.

Shupe thinks for today’s game against ASU again, they need to improve on the power play and generate more opportunities.

“I think we could focus on our break out more and really focus bringing the puck up,” Shupe said. “Just choosing what shots to take will help the power play.”

Shupe was also able to contribute one goal in the first period and one assist in the third period with help from players on his line.

“First of all, [Malachi] Bushey made a good pass getting it out to me and then Cole [Tiedemann] started rushing it up and dished it over to me and I was lucky enough for when I shot it, for it to go off the guy and go in,” Shupe said. “I will definitely take that.”

The D2 Ice Jacks face ASU again tonight at 8 p.m. at Jay Lively Activity Center. Nelson hopes the team can play a little bit more cleaner and tighten up the defense in front of the net for the game tonight.

“I think we need to keep the same momentum, but we can also focus on doing better in the d-zone,” Nelson said. “When the puck is in front of our net, we seem to collapse a little bit.

So as long as we get a little more structure there, we will be better.”