One thing is clear, Arizona hockey had a long win streak against Arizona State in the 1980s and 1990s.
While No. 2 ASU has won 29 straight against No. 18 UA, the Icecats (as Arizona was then known) didn’t lose to the Ice Devils (as they were known) for 12 years, far overshadowing Arizona State’s current four year streak.
What isn’t clear, is how many games the Icecats’ win streak lasted.
The Arizona Daily Wildcat reported that the streak was 64 games.
“The monkey’s off our back,” then Ice Devil general manager Michael Hoffarth said to the Wildcat. “I’ve been associated with the team for 10 years, and since I’ve been associated we’ve never won.”
In compiling the complete UA hockey history, Arizona fan Kevin Fisher found a Tucson Citizen article that said the streak was 63 games though, and Fisher counted 62.
The streak started Nov. 18 1983 and ended Jan. 27 1996, featuring 62 UA wins and no ties, over-times or shoot-outs. The Sun Devils’ current streak includes two shoot out wins and three overtime wins.
ASU’s 1996 win helped them earn their first trip to the national tournament, where Arizona beat them 4-3. The tourney was expanded to 10 teams that year and Arizona finished fifth.
UA’s last win over the Sun Devils was Feb. 21 2009, a 4-3 shoot out victory.