The Arizona Icecats opened their season Thursday night with a 5-3 loss to No. 9 Arizona State at the Oceanside Ice Arena in Tempe.

The Sun Devils scored the go-ahead goal with 1:30 left.

After the Icecats pulled freshman goalie Steven Sisler, ASU added an empty-netter for the final margin.

Icecats coach Leo Golembiewski was upbeat despite the loss, praising the effort of his young goalie.

"Sisler was just outstanding," said Golembiewski. "Just a great job in the nets."

The Icecats jumped ahead 2-0 in the first period on goals by Jared Lowell and Jordan Schupan. ASU then roared back to take a 3-2 lead in the second period.

The Icecats got the equalizer from Schupan with 1:01 left in the second before the Ice Devils' heroics near the end.

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UA alums to return for all-star game

The Arizona softball team will open its fall schedule against Yavapai on Sunday at 2 p.m., followed by the return of Jennie Finch, Chelsie Mesa, Taryne Mowatt and Mackenzie Vandergeest to Hillenbrand Stadium for the NPF All-Star Game on Monday at 6 p.m.

Outfield seat tickets for the all-star game are still available; seats in Candrea's Corner are $6. For all other games this season, including Yavapai, there will be free admission.

In addition to the four familiar faces in the opposing dugout Monday, there will be four new faces on the Arizona side. Freshmen Shelby Babcock, Ashlee Brawlee, Alex Lavine and Chelsea Suitos will be making their Wildcat debuts.


Lakers trim roster before Euro trip

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -The Lakers waived guard Anthony Roberson and center Russell Hicks on Thursday, hours before embarking on their European tour.

Roberson and Hicks were signed Sept. 24 to fill out the training camp roster.

The moves leave the Lakers with 16 players on the club's eight-day exhibition tour to London and Barcelona.


Coyotes send three players to AHL

• In Glendale, the Coyotes reduced their training camp roster to 25 Thursday by sending forwards Mikkel Boedker, Viktor Tikhonov and Andrew Ebbett to their American Hockey League affiliate in San Antonio.

The 20-year-old Boedker was Phoenix's first-round draft pick in 2008.

The Coyotes will take off for Europe on Sunday for a series of exhibition contests.

Includes material from a news release