Tenth-ranked Arizona State thumped the UAA men’s hockey team 5-0 Friday in Tempe, Arizona, but the night wasn’t a total loss for the Seawolves.
The team chasing them for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association also lost on Friday, meaning the Seawolves didn’t lose any ground in their playoff pursuit.
The Sun Devils outshot UAA 36-25 and held the Seawolves scoreless on three power plays in the nonconference game. Kris Carlson made 31 saves for UAA, which was shut out for the third time this season.
Arizona State, an independent that doesn’t belong to a conference, improved to 21-9-3. The Seawolves are 4-19-6 heading into a Saturday rematch with the Sun Devils.
UAA is in eighth place in the 10-team WCHA with 20 points. Ferris State, which lost 3-2 to Michigan Tech on Friday, is in ninth place with 17 points. A conference win is worth three points, and if a game goes to a second overtime or a shootout, the winner gets two points and the loser gets one.
UAA’s remaining WCHA games are against second-place Bemidji State, which comes to Anchorage for two games next weekend, and fourth-place UAF, which hosts the Seawolves on Feb. 28-29.
Ferris State has five games left -- a Saturday game against fifth-place Michigan Tech, a road series next week against sixth-place Bowling Green and a home series Feb. 28-29 against seventh-place Lake Superior State.