After a six-game road trip on which the Arizona Icecats posted a record of 4-2, they continued their second-semester resurgence with a 6-0 drubbing of rival Arizona State on Friday at Tucson Convention Center.
Spurred by a three-goal second period, the Icecats took advantage of Sun Devil turnovers and line-change miscues in coasting to their second straight win against ASU. Robbie Nowinski and Jordan Schupan scored two goals each and goaltender Nick Boddy recorded his second shutout of ASU this season.
"They've been playing this way all semester," said Arizona coach Leo Golembiewski. "Schupan added a spark, all three lines got the job done and we had solid goaltending."
The Icecats didn't have to wait long for Schupan's spark as he gave Arizona a 1-0 lead in the first period with a power play goal. However, it wasn't until the second period that Arizona began to take advantage of Arizona State's mistakes.
With 12:59 left in the second, Joe Del Rossi snagged the puck away from a pair of Arizona State forwards at the Sun Devils' end of the ice and initiated the onslaught.
"I wasn't expecting it," Del Rossi said of the play. "I was going in to forecheck and I had my stick out there and he just passed the puck into it."
Arizona also added a pair of short-handed goals — one in the second period and one in the third.
The victory gives the Icecats a 6-2 record in their last eight games, beginning with a come-from-behind win against Adrian College on Jan. 25.
According to Boddy, the Icecats' focus since they started 5-9-1 has been finishing the season with a record above .500.
"We had a rough first semester and there were a lot of things going against us," he said. "But we have a goal of making a winning season out of this and having as much fun as possible and that's what we've been doing."
A win today would give the Icecats a winning record at 14-13-2, something that Del Rossi says is the only way to finish the season and a series that started so positively.
"If we come out tomorrow and lay an egg it's going to nullify this weekend — it would be terrible," he said after the game. "The second game's even more important because that's how you're going to remember the weekend."
• What: Arizona State at Arizona
• When: 7:30 p.m.