Since the Arizona Icecats' first season in 1979, the program has never endured the type of turmoil that it has the past two seasons: back-to-back losing seasons for the first time and 31 total losses that could only be previously matched over a three-year period.

However, a weekend sweep of Colorado State has the Icecats on a five-game win streak and is early proof they might be back to their winning ways.

Arizona followed up Friday's 8-4 win over the Rams with a 6-2 victory Saturday, thanks in part to a hat trick by freshman Andrew Murmes.

Head coach Leo Golembiewski said the program has undergone a complete attitude makeover.

"We've got quite a mix of players right now," he said. "This is the most fun we've had in quite a few years. We've added some great kids like Andrew Murmes and Michael Basist to a solid core of returners. They work together and want to win."

Following Friday's eight-goal performance that saw Arizona tally 33 shots on goal, Murmes made sure the Rams would not get the chance to split the two-game series. He scored Arizona's first two goals in the first and second periods, and added a final one with 3:31 remaining in the third.

After a slow start, he said Saturday's performance was a long time coming.

"I've been struggling to get the puck in the net," he said. "But with this team, I've been getting a lot of good opportunities.

"No one likes losing and we came in this year focused. We're here to win."

Tied after the first period, thanks to a goal by Colorado State's Brad Hau, the Icecats scored three straight in the second period. Along with Murmes, Basist and Blake Richards tallied goals that gave Arizona a 4-1 advantage.

Basist, also a freshman, found the net Friday night and said it was important to come out strong against what he believed was the team's toughest competition to this point in the season.

"This was a big weekend and we knew they were going to be good," he said. "Playing against a better team like Colorado State forces you to be more focused."

Arizona will host UNLV on Friday and Saturday.

Up next

• What: UNLV at Arizona

• Where: Tucson Convention Center

• When: 7:30 p.m., Friday

• Radio: 1490-AM