Cyclone hockey has successful weekend

Jake Brott

The ISU men’s hockey squad finished the Homecoming weekend with a pair of wins against the Arizona State Sundevils. After defeating the Sundevils 8-2 on Friday, the Cyclones won again Saturday with a score of 10-3.

It was all Iowa State in the first period, as the Cyclones scored three unanswered goals.

The first goal came five minutes into the game off the stick of Mike Gilbertson; his eighth goal of the season. Mark Krueger scored a powerplay goal on a drop pass from Nat Little with 4:18 left in the period. At 3:29, Gilbertson scored his second goal of the night on a backhand, to give the Cyclones a 3-0 lead after the first period.

The second period had both teams sitting in the penalty box. With a combined penalty total of eighteen minutes, three of the six goals scored came on the powerplay.

The first goal came courtesy of Phil Hummel, on an assist from Nat Little and Tony Infusino. The Sundevils replied with a goal less than two minutes later. Despite skating five on three, Iowa State managed to keep the scoring to a minimum. Phil Popp was solid in goal, stopping a series of shots when his team was shorthanded.

“I’ve been real pleased with our goaltending,” said ISU Men’s Hockey Coach Al Murdoch. “Arizona State is a top 20 team and will probably make it into the top 12 for Nationals.” Murdoch also praised the hustle of the forwards.

Scoreboard problems led to several pauses in the game, but Iowa State didn’t let this phase them.

The period closed with the Cyclones maintaining their three-goal lead with a score of 6-3.

Arizona State began to show their frustration in the third period by taking penalty after penalty. The Sundevils made it easy for the Cyclones, spending twelve minutes in the box. This led to Krueger scoring his second powerplay goal less than two minutes into the period.

Jeremy Meyer scored on a rebound from Jason McCollum and Gilbertson earned a hat trick for the night with 3:18 left in the period.

The Cyclones sealed the Sundevil’s fate when defenseman Hummel scored his second goal on an assist from Tony Infusino to end the game by a score of 10-3.

After sweeping the Arizona State Sun Devils on Friday and Saturday, the team ended their six-week homestand with a 9-3 win against Des Moines College on Sunday. The Cyclones showed diversity in their offense as nine different players scored.

Des Moines College tallied first when Tony Weil scored past ISU goalie Ramyleo Abujobarah. The score stayed that way until 10 minutes later, when Mark Krueger moved the net behind the Des Moines goalkeeper.

Des Moines answered quickly to take the lead, but Jeff Smith lit the lamp with a minute left in the period to tie the game at two going into the first intermission.

The second period belonged to the Cyclones at both ends of the rink. Glenn Detulleo, Scott Steinkamp and Eric Tofte scored for Iowa State, while Abujobarah kept the opponents off the board. Along with his shutout effort, Abujobarah also got a rare achievement, as he assisted on the Detulleo goal.

Nat Little and Rob Rose each had a goal early in the third to put Iowa State up 7-2. Des Moines finally found the net again midway through the final frame as Mitch Lester made good on a rebound opportunity. Iowa State scored one more goal to end the scoring.

The Clones are on a seven-game-winning streak as they hit the road for the first time this year.

Next week will feature two important league games as Iowa State heads towards the state of Michigan.

The team will play Michigan-Dearborn Friday night, followed by a Saturday night date with Eastern Michigan.