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Sun Devils overcome refs to remain unbeaten, 5-2.

The Sun Devils have made it a perfect 3 in a row to start off the season, as they took out a depleted Ducks team 5-2.

On paper it was an easy win, seeing as the green Ducks were missing their top five players, and the line of Gavin, Hardy, elder Breed, and Saia doesn't exactly strike fear in the heart of any hockey player.

But first period goals by Phatt Deskin and the forementioned Saia had the Quacks up 2-0.

"C'mon guys, I can't be carrying this team," said Saia.

"And you probably won't," was the reply.

At the yellow bench, panic had set in, especially after Tony Onello was hauled down on a break and no penalty was called.

"Okay guys, one of our C players has got to step up, because our A and B players suck today and the refs are tying to make us lose," said Sun Devil captain Onello.

And a C player responded just like that.

Jack Gavin of the Ducks sent a perfect pass to Sun Devil Steve Iannetti. Steve did a spinorama in the zone, kept the puck, someohow did not fall down, and through all of that, not only got a shot away, but on net, and it went in just before the buzzer.

"Man that was like an entire season on one play," said an exhausted Iannetti.

Down 2-1 it took nearly the entire 2nd period for the Sun Devils to tie it. It came off another beautiful Duck pass. This time it was Brian Armand setting up the opposition for a goal as Brian Leslie made the steal and the shot for the tying goal with 6:55 to play in the middle period.

In the third the 9 Duck skaters were gassed. This allowed the much more rested 10 Sun Devil players to take over the game.

Speed Bratt thought he had scored a nice goal in the 2nd, but he has "Foot in Crease" problems. That probably cost him another one in the third too. As it felt like the refs were in the bag for the Ducks.

But all that didn't stop him from scoring the GWG on the PP and the clinching goal into the open net with 22 seconds to play.

"I was robbed of a hat trick," said Speed.

After 3 weeks the Sun Devils are now undefeated at 3-0 and red flags are going up all over the place, especially with the Rick Armand Tigers sporting an 0-3 record.


Hockeytown A; 19-Sep-2014 06:00 AM; 2014 Regular; Friday

Sun Devils (Friday) 5 vs Ducks (Friday) 2

First Period

1. Ducks, Deskin, Pat (Breed, Rick) 14:00
2. Ducks, Saia, Mike (Deskin, Pat / Hardy, Steve) 16:05
3. Sun Devils, Iannetti, Steve (Unassisted) 18:53
Penalties - Saia, Mike - Ducks (Hooking-Minor) 04:07

Second Period

4. Sun Devils, Leslie, Brian (Unassisted) 12:05
Penalties - None.

Third Period

5. Sun Devils, Bratt, Eric (Johnston, Lloyd / Danaher, Gavin) 06:00 (pp)(gw)
6. Sun Devils, Danaher, Gavin (Leslie, Brian) 14:16
7. Sun Devils, Bratt, Eric (Stiegerwald, Luke) 18:38 (en)
Penalties - Armand, Brian - Ducks (Hooking-Minor) 04:05

Goal - Sun Devils: Boccuzzi, Mike; Ducks: Graham, Rollie

Power plays - Sun Devils: 1-for-2; Ducks: 0-for-0

Officials: Beef and Adam