Icecats fall to ASU - finally

By Craig Degel
Arizona Daily Wildcat
January 29, 1996

The streak is over.

After 12 years and 64 meetings, the Arizona State Ice Devils defeated the Icecats 4-1 Saturday at Oceanside Arena in Tempe.

"The monkey's off our back," Ice Devil general manager Michael Hoffarth said. "I've been associated with the team for 10 years, and since I've been associated we've never won."

With the win, the Ice Devils improved to 13-5, and all but guaranteed they will participate in the American Collegiate Hockey Association Championship, for the first time in school history, when the tournament kicks off in March.

Jed Snyder and Derek DiBaggio contributed ASU goals on Saturday. Peter Scott had the lone Icecat goal.

The No. 6 Icecats, who cruised to an 8-4 win on Friday night, fell to 15-5.

Despite the loss, the Icecats will climb in the rankings that are released at the beginning of each month. The Icecats posted a 6-2 record for the month of January, including sweeps against No. 3 Eastern Michigan and fourth-ranked Iowa State, both in Tucson.

The Icecats outshot ASU both nights, but were faced with playing without junior forwards Sam Battaglia, who dislocated his shoulder last weekend against Michigan-Dearborn, and Andy Knick, who injured himself in the first period on Saturday.

"We're pleased with the team," Icecat head coach Leo Golembiewski said. "At this juncture we're worried about getting healthy."

The Icecats will go on the road this weekend for a two-game set against Illinois.