No one likes losing to a rival, but the disappointment was even more apparent following the Arizona Icecats' shootout loss to Arizona State on Friday at the Tucson Convention Center.
Trailing 2-0 entering the third period, Arizona came up with a pair of goals to send the contest to overtime, and inevitably into a shootout. However, the Sun Devils' Joe Schweiger scored the lone goal of the shootout to give Arizona State the victory.
"Honestly, we took the momentum in this game," said junior captain Geordy Weed. "Everyone knows this win was stolen from us."
The Icecats (8-6) had plenty of opportunities in the first two periods to ensure that the contest never reached overtime.
Arizona had 5-on-3 power play advantages in each of the first two periods but failed to find the net.
Meanwhile, No. 5 Arizona State came up with a goal in the first period by Pat Lind, and made it 2-0 with 29 seconds remaining in the second period when Danny McAuliffe found the net on a short-handed goal.
That second goal, according to Icecats coach Leo Golembiewski, was preventable.
"We hurried too much and we took a bad shot," he said. "Then they scored with 29 seconds left."
With Arizona trailing by two entering the final period, Golembiewski changed his three offensive lines - and the Icecats responded.
Freshman Michael Basist got the Icecats on the scoreboard 5:15 into the final period, scoring off a rebound of a missed shot by Jared Lowell.
Just over six minutes later, Weed tied the game with his first goal of the season.
"It was good that we battled back but it was still a really tough loss," Basist said following the contest. "On the power play, we needed to score."
Arizona State responded to Arizona's pair of goals and peppered Icecats goaltender David Herman with a slew of shots in the last half of the third period.
However, the sophomore held them at bay through overtime.
Golembiewski said it was exactly the type of performance Herman needed in the net.
"We've had inconsistency in goaltending all year," he said. "But he stayed home in the net and it was harder for them to beat him tonight."
Arizona will host Arizona State in the final game of the weekend series tonight at 7:30.
• What: Arizona State at Arizona
• Where: Tucson Convention Center
• When: 7:30 p.m.