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GCU Women’s Ice Hockey Snaps Losing Streak with Overtime Win Over ASU

December 4, 2018

Joralmon’s Goal with :40 left gives Lopes 2nd OT win of season over Devils

By: Taylor Browne/GCU Staff

Resilience conquered the ice this weekend.

It takes a spirited team to turn seven consecutive defeats to a big overtime win against state rival Arizona State University. On Saturday, Grand Canyon University Women’s Ice Hockey’s  losing streak continued with a 4-2 loss against ASU in Tempe, but the Lopes avenged it Sunday with displayed resilience with a 3-2 overtime win over the Devils at AZ Ice Arcadia.

The win evens the season series with ASU at two games apiece. The first win came in the season opener in an all-too-familiar, 3-2 overtime victory September 28.

“It feels good to have this win,” GCU Head Coach Natalie Rossi said. “We lost to them the night before in their arena, so it was really good to have that win against them in ours. We made some small changes, made sure we were very aggressive in our game, and it paid off for us. It’s always nice to see the girls never give up—that’s something I’m proud of. ”

It may have taken until the third period to hear from GCU, but they found the momentum they needed. Still trailing, 2-0, heading into the final period, GCU’s offense woke up when freshman Kylie Kramer put the Lopes on the board with ten minutes left by a slick pass from senior forward Hanna Joralmon.  A little over a minute later, Megan Brodfuehrer tied the game with an unassisted goal, and eventually sent the game to overtime at 2-2.

In a scramble to see the net first, with only 40.2 seconds left in overtime, Joralmon pounced on a loose puck near the goal that rebounded off ASU goaltender Jordan Nash-Boulden and slid past the line for the game-winner, causing a Lopes’ pileup celebration on the ice.

“I was shocked,” said Joralmon. “Once I saw the puck cross over the goal line, I still couldn’t believe we won. We had been working our butts off all night, and we knew we deserved to win.”

ASU, looking to close out with a weekend sweep, jumped on the scoreboard early Sunday with a pair of goals in the first period from forward Avery Chmelovsky and forward Katharine Jones.  GCU’s defense stiffened, shutting out ASU in the second frame, and Rossi noticed that with more pressure on the puck, there was more success.

“Right when we got off the bench (after the second period), we talked to them and told them they have to still find a way to be excited to play,” said Rossi. “Right before we went on the ice, we told them that we were one shot, one rebound, one tip away from it being a one goal game, one more away from it being a tied game, and one more away from winning it.  So who is going to step up?”

GCU goaltender Haylee Gannaway stopped 31 of 33 Sun Devil shots to keep GCU in the game.

With the 2018 part of their ACHA schedule now in the books, the Lopes will join the GCU Men’s Ice Hockey team this Sunday, December 9, to compete in the Arizona High School Hockey Association (AHSHA) Premier Exhibition, facing off against Arizona’s top high school hockey players.  The first of the three games begins at 1:30 pm at AZ Ice Arcadia (38th Street and Thomas Road in Phoenix).

Putting the Rivalry Aside

Although Grand Canyon University and Arizona State University are intrastate rivals on the ice, they came together Saturday night as the Arizona Amateur Hockey Association hosted a youth hockey clinic. The clinic took place at Oceanside Ice Arena, the home of the Sun Devils, where youth female hockey players can jump on the ice for free.

“What we’re trying to do is show them that there is hockey in Arizona,” said Rossi. “There is a reason to stay here, play hockey, and grow up to play in college. We are trying to grow the game in that way.”

The clinic hosted around 40 girls from different age ranges.

“It was nice to give them positive role models to look to and show them hockey can be fun and competitive,” said Joralmon. “We can put our jerseys aside to share our love for hockey with the girls.”

GCU Women’s Hockey and Head Coach Natalie Rossi would like to thank the Arizona Coyotes and Arizona Amateur Hockey Association for making this clinic happen.

GCU looks forward to hosting more clinics in the near future to build community for hockey in Arizona.

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