It looks as though TJ Semptimphelter made the right choice.
The Marlton, N.J., native began his NCAA career at Northeastern University last season but decided to move on when fellow goaltender Devon Levi returned to the Huskies. After entering the transfer portal, Semptimphelter re-emerged at Arizona State and led the Sun Devils to seven wins in their first 11 games this season.
His efforts included a 32-save effort in the first-ever game played at ASU’s new on-campus Mullett Arena, a 2-0 shutout of Colgate on Oct. 14. It ushered in a new era for a program that had long played out of the 747-seat Oceanside Arena, a community ice rink in Tempe, Ariz., that Semptimphelter practiced out of to start this season.
“So far it’s been awesome,” said Semptimphelter, 20, of the move to Mullett. “I’m fortunate my inaugural year at ASU included opening up the new arena. It’s a special place to play at, and it’s amazing how far the program has come.”