MEN'S PLAYER OF THE WEEK: JOE DACCORD | ARIZONA STATE
The Arizona State men’s hockey team hasn’t been able to find a conference to call home yet, but the lone independent program in Division I has definitely found some flashes of brilliance in goal.
Led by freshman Joe Daccord’s 53 saves, the Sun Devils scored a 4-2 upset over No. 17 Quinnipiac on Saturday night, only the second victory over a ranked opponent in the program’s two-year history of Division I play. (ASU beat then No. 18 Air Force, 5-2, in October).
Last season, ASU finished 5-22-2 overall. Heading into this weekend’s series against rising power Western Michigan, the Sun Devils are 10-18-2.
The difference starts in net.
Daccord, the American Sports Network’s Player of the Week, splits time with senior Robert Levin (3-4-2, 3.67 goals-against, .887 save percentage) and sophomore Ryland Pashovitz (2-6-0, 4.64, .880). Accord is a 6-3 pro prospect who was drafted in the seventh round (199th overall) of the 2015 NHL draft by the Ottawa Senators. He’s 3-7 on the season with a 4.36 goals-against and .879 save percentage.
Daccord has the distinction of owning three citizenships (USA, Canada and Switzerland) and can speak German and Swiss-German.
Dave Dondoneau is a freelance writer based in Honolulu. Follow him on Twitter at @DakotaHi