• CC’s Rau and Bachman honored by WCHA

    Wed, November 28, 2007 by admin with 3 comments

    Center Chad Rau was named offensive player of the week by the WCHA for the second week in a row. Rau earned his first collegiate hat-trick Friday against Denver, which included his league-best fourth game-winning goal of the season. The Tigers’ top scorer, Rau ranks third in the conference in overall scoring with 15 points (9 goals and 6 assists).

    Freshman goaltender Richard Bachman picked up rookie of the week honors for the second time this season, his third overall honor from the WCHA. Bachman, who lost his first WCHA game Saturday, stopped 52 of 56 shots in the series. Bachman’s 8-2 overall record leads WCHA goaltenders.

  • Game day: No. 4 CC at No. 3 Denver

    Sun, November 25, 2007 by admin with 1 comment

    Three keys to the game:
    1. Get Physical. The Tigers need to assert themselves early by finishing checks and playing the body. It’s a small sheet, so the more aggressive CC plays, the more turnovers it can cause.
    2. Take the puck wide. CC has been scoring oodles of even-strength goals by taking the puck wide and spreading the defense. No reason that should change tonight.
    3. Score first. CC is 7-1 when it scores first, the one loss coming at New Hampshire and I think that lesson has been learned. The Tigers need to start their nine-game road stretch on the right foot.

    Lines:
    Colorado College
    10 Thauwald–14 Rau–23 Kilpatrick
    21 Sweatt–19 Vlassopoulos–16 Patrosso
    26 McCulloch–17 Johnson–22 Walsky
    28 Schultz–9 McMillin–2 Lampl

    8 Hillen–15 Prosser
    7 Fredheim–4 Gannon
    11 Connelly–27 Wysopal

    30 Bachman
    31 O’Connell

    Scratches: F Mike Testwuide, F Matt Overman, F Addison DeBoer, F Dan Quilico, D Ryan Lowery, G Tyler O’Brien

    Denver
    39 Trotter–21 Bozak–8 Jackson
    9 Rakhshani–15 Ruegsegger–22 Gifford
    19 Ostrow–12 Martin–16 Maiani
    17 Glasser–27 Vossberg–14 May

    4 Butler–7 Mullen
    24 Ryder–5 Thomas
    11 Testwuide–25 Brookwell

    29 Mannino
    1 Cheverie
    30 Guinn

  • Game day: No. 4 CC 5, No. 3 Denver 1

    Sat, November 24, 2007 by admin with no comments

    Ice chips:

    • CC scored its first power-play goal since Nov. 9 against Minnesota-Duluth. The Tigers went scoreless on 12 power-play chances in a row before defenseman Nate Prosser scored with six seconds left in Friday’s third power-play.
    • The Tigers won the faceoff battle, edging Denver 37-35. Center Chad Rau led CC, winning 14 of 26 faceoffs.
    • What a turnaround. Denver entered the game ranked second in the nation and first in the WCHA with a 1.30 goals against average. The Pioneers scored seven goals last Saturday, but were held scoreless for the final 49 minutes, in which CC scored four goals.
    • CC recruit Colten St. Clair attended the game.

    Quick quips:
    Goaltender Richard Bachman on Fredheim’s second-period defensive save
    “I had no idea (where the puck was). I saw it afterwards. I saw him hit him in the chest, and then he hit it out of mid-air, and then it hit me. That’s the only time I saw it when I was down there. I was like, ‘Please hit me.’”
    Bachman on making saves
    “I felt like I was on my back a little bit and scrambling around a bit tonight. For the most part, with the first shot, I felt really confident. As the game went on, I started getting a lot more confidence and started settling things down a little bit.”
    Bachman on when he started to have fun
    “I try to have fun the whole time, but definitely after they scored their first goal. It was like, ‘All right, that one’s over with. You don’t have to worry about anything, just play.’ That’s kind of when I started having fun with it.”
    Denver coach George Gwozdecky
    “That was my bad. I take full responsibility for that loss. Our team was not ready to go.”

    From the notebook:

    Third period:
    End of the third … Goaltender Richard Bachman goes nuts and continues to make death-defying saves.
    9:29 — Denver center Tyler Ruegsegger gets a game misconduct and has to leave the game after checking defenseman Brian Connelly from behind into the boards by CC’s bench.
    9:06 — It was bound to happen sooner or later. Two scuffles broke out in CC’s end of the ice, with Denver’s Rhett Rakhshani and CC’s Cody Lampl squaring off and CC defenseman Ryan Lowery sitting on Denver’s Patrick Mullen. Lowery raises the roof on the way into the penalty box, causing forwards Addison DeBoer and Matt Overman to crack up in the press box.
    8:59 — Colorado College 5, Denver 1, pp. With six seconds left in the power play, Denver defenseman Cody Brookwell blocked a shot by defenseman Jack Hillen. Goaltender Peter Mannino was caught splitting and recovered just in time to see the puck, shot by defenseman Nate Prosser, sail into the open net.
    Around seven minutes — Denver right wing Dustin Jackson’s backhanded shot from between the hashes is kicked away by Bachman.
    5:42 — Colorado College 4, Denver 1. Left wing Scott Thauwald feeds center Chad Rau, this time from the left circle, and Rau finishes into the net, past goaltender Peter Mannino’s left skate. A few hats hit the ice.
    1:56 — Goaltender Richard Bachman’s left skate — possibly the blade only — saves a tough shot from Denver left wing Rhett Rakhshani.
    1:30 — With goaltender Peter Mannino clear out of the goal, right wing Derek Patrosso bobbles a pass from center Andreas Vlassopoulos, creating one of the bigger collective gasps of the night.

    Second period:
    19:40 — Colorado College 3, Denver 1. Left wing Scott Thauwald passes from the top of the right circle into the slot, where center Chad Rau meets the puck and finishes with a wrist shot that beats splitting goaltender Peter Mannino over his right leg-pad.
    19:01 — A furious Denver line rush comes up short when a combination of center Chad Rau, defenseman Jack Hillen and goaltender Richard Bachman create a wall in front of CC’s net.
    18:13 — Denver right wing Tom May and left wing Matt Glasser each put shots on Richard Bachman’s pads, but center Andreas Vlassopoulos swoops in to clear it out.
    14:47 — With goaltender Richard Bachman laying face-down in the crease, defenseman Kris Fredheim blocks a shot from Denver center Jesse Martin with his chest and, as the puck is sailing towards the net, bats it away.
    12:24 — Defenseman Jake Gannon lays out Denver’s Anthony Mainani along the back wall for one of the hardest checks of the night.
    9:53 — Right wing Jimmy Kilpatrick slams his stick on the ice after he deflects left wing Scott Thauwald’s pass from the corner into goaltender Peter Mannino.
    8:07 — Goaltender Richard Bachman saves Denver defenseman Chris Nutini’s shot from the point, then center Tyler Ruegsegger’s rebound attempt is wide right.
    4:53 — On Denver’s first power play, goaltender Richard Bachman gloves defenseman Chris Butler’s shot from the point. Butler’s one-timer from the slot sails wide-right. Bachman makes a full layout, right leg-pad save on center Tyler Ruegsegger’s doorstep one-timer.
    2:14 — CC defenseman Jack Hillen has two good shots on a generally dismal power play in which Denver creates three short-handed scoring chances. Lots of CC passes were hitting skates, rather than tape-to-tape.
    0:45 — Denver defenseman Patrick Mullen nearly scored on a no-angle baseline shot like left wing Cody Lampl’s first-period goal, but goaltender Richard Bachman saved it.

    First period:
    19:45 – Denver right wing Anthony Maiani makes a cross-ice pass to center Tyler Ruegsegger, whose one-time attempt flew to the right of the goal.
    16:16 — Colorado College 2, Denver 1. Defenseman Jack Hillen made a heads-up pass to right wing Jimmy Kilpatrick, who slid behind defensemen J.P Testwuide and Cody Brookwell at the blue line. Kilpatrack drove hard to the net, but his shot went high and bounced off of the glass into the slot. Rau skated on and finished into the net.
    11:00 — Colorado College 1, Denver 1. Matched up against center Andreas Vlassopoulos, Denver center Brock Trotter has two shots blocked before a third gets under Vlassopoulos’ stick and under goaltender Richard Bachman for the score.
    10:33 — Center Chad Rau gets a great chance off of a faceoff, but it sails wide. A follow-up attempt is smothered by goaltender Peter Mannino.
    6:28 — CC goes on its first power play, but Denver center Tyler Ruegsegger generates more offense playing short-handed than the Tigers.
    6:28 — Center Jesse Martin gets Denver’s first shot on net, a wraparound attempt stopped by Bachman.
    5:33 — Colorado College 1, Denver 0. Fourth-line left wing Cody Lampl scores on an no-angle shot from the right side of the net, created when right wing Mike Testwuide (assist for first point of 2007-08 season) created at turnover at the blueline.
    – defense creating turnovers before the puck crosses the blue line
    Around the 2:00 mark — Testwuide comes flying in for his first shift since Oct. 27 and lays a big hit on defenseman Chris Butler, but also takes a big bite of the glass.
    1:31 — Center Tyler Johnson wheels in for the first shot of the game, from the right circle.

    Lines:
    Colorado College
    10 Thauwald–14 Rau–23 Kilpatrick
    21 Sweatt–19 Vlassopoulos–16 Patrosso
    26 McCulloch–17 Johnson–22 Walsky
    2 Lampl–9 McMillin–25 Testwuide

    8 Hillen–15 Prosser
    7 Fredheim–4 Gannon
    11 Connelly–24 Lowery

    30 Bachman
    31 O’Connell
    1 O’Brien

    Denver
    39 Trotter–21 Bozak–8 Jackson
    9 Rakhshani–12 Martin–22 Gifford
    19 Ostrow–15 Ruegsegger–16 Maiani
    17 Glasser–27 Vossberg–14 May

    4 Butler–7 Mullen
    5 Thomas–6 Nutini
    11 Testwuide–25 Brookwell

    29 Mannino
    1 Cheverie

  • Does CC have another rival? Not really.

    Wed, November 21, 2007 by admin with 1 comment

    One of you asked if CC considered any teams, other than Denver, to be rivals. So I asked some players what they thought.

    Defenseman Jack Hillen said: “I think you could throw Air Force in there maybe a little bit, because it’s always an intense series. It doesn’t matter what the records are for CC-Air Force. You know that that’s going to be a tough game. For me, I’d say, personally, Minnesota is right up there with Denver because I’m from Minnesota and you have fun playing those types of teams. Rivalries come and go, but right now, I’d pretty much say it’s just Denver.”

    Left wing Bill Sweatt concurred.

    “I guess you could say Minnesota because we’ve got a lot of guys from Minnesota and they want to beat their hometown team,” Sweatt said. “They are always big games. DU’s the biggest one. Minnesota’s up there, too. Wisconsin and North Dakota. Those are just big games.”

    Was there any truth to the notion that Alaska-Anchorage could be sort of a rival after last season’s bench-clearing brawl?

    “I don’t know what (the melee) was from,” Sweatt said. “I think that was just hot-heads in one game. It didn’t have anything to do with a rivalry. Over a 40-game season, things are going to happen like that. That’s just two teams wanting to compete and battle and win a game.”

    As far as the other questions, I’m still working on the answers and I will get back to you soon. Keep ‘em coming!

  • Three Players Sign Letters of Intent

    Wed, November 21, 2007 by admin with no comments

    As you’ll read in The Gazette on Wednesday, CC secured letters of intent from Tim Hall, Andrew Hamburg and Rylan Schwartz. Those are in addition to the letters of intent from Nick Dineen and David Civitarese, signed last fall and earlier this year, respectively.

    The recruits that are definitely coming in 2008, barring injury or some unforeseen circumstance, are Dineen, Hall, Civitarese and Joe Marciano. Possible additions to that class–resulting from early departures and other roster changes–include Hamburg and Schwartz. If either of those two makes a rapid skill development this season, then that would also earn them consideration for 2008 matriculation.

    Coach Scott Owens discusses some of the players below:

    F Nick Dineen, Omaha, Neb.
    Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL)
    5-foot-9, 190 pounds, 2/28/89
    Shoots: Right
    Fun fact: Dineen played for the AAA Pikes Peak Miners in 2004-05 and attended Liberty
    Owens: “Dineen is really excelling right now. He’s in his third year in the league. He’s a tremendous locker-room guy. He’s a great leader. He can play gritty, he can score. He’s really having a great year. He was one of their top three guys in that (World Junior A) tournament up at Trail (B.C.). He’s all about team. …We knew that he had tremendous character. In midgets he scored a fair amount. His first two years in the USHL, he just scored OK, but now he’s settling down and he’s still pretty young.”

    C Tim Hall, Sewickley, Pa.
    Ohio Jr. Blue Jackets (USHL)
    5-foot-8, 160 pounds, 2/2/90
    Shoots: Left
    Fun fact: Hall is the second player from the Pittsburgh area in CC history. John Mooney, who played for CC from 1989-91.
    Owens: “Tim Hall had 17 goals and 14 assists as a ’90 (birthdate) last year in the USHL. He’s off to a little bit of a slow start this year, but he played well overseas this summer and he also really played well up at Trail (at the World Junior A tournament). He’s a tenacious, hard-working left-handed forward with some scoring touch. He’s a smart hockey player and he’ll be an asset to us. He needs to get things rolling a little bit now, but no matter what we’re bringing him in next year.”

    2008 or 2009

    C Rylan Schwartz, Wilcox, Saskatchewan
    Notre Dame Hounds (Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League)
    5-foot-10, 180 pounds, 1/8/1990
    Fun fact: Plays for the same team that produced sophomore defenseman Kris Fredheim and assistant coach Norm Bazin.
    “He’s been doing well. He’s only played two, three months of junior hockey. He did very well in midgets. Our original discussion on him was for ’09. We just wanted him to mature and that’s where we thought he’d fit in nicely for us.”

    RW Andrew Hamburg, Phoenix
    St. Louis Bandits (North American Hockey League)
    6-foot-2, 175 pounds, 6/17/1989
    Fun fact: Nicknamed “Hammer”
    Hamburg landed with the Bandits after a two-game stint with the NAHL’s Texas Tornado. Originally thought would be playing for Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL, but was one of the final cuts.
    “He was a late cut. It’s tough for high school. It’s a learning experience. He ended up in St. Louis, which has a very good North American team and he’s doing pretty well.”

    I’ll catch Owens about Civitarese and Marciano later this week.

  • CC-DU Week In Motion

    Tue, November 20, 2007 by admin with 2 comments

    For those who missed it, CC is back up to No. 4 in the polls, tying the highest poll position the Tigers have held this season.

    Third-ranked Denver, this weekend’s opponent, will be the sixth ranked opponent in a row for CC.

    This is how CC’s schedule thus far stacks up according to this week’s polls (with USA Today rank listed first, then USCHO.com rank):
    No. 15/No. 13 Minnesota (10/19-20) W, W
    No. 8/No. 8 New Hampshire (10/26-27) L, L
    No. 5/No. 6 North Dakota (11/2-3) L, W
    No. 12/No. 15 Minnesota-Duluth (11/9-10) W, W
    No. 14/No. 12 Wisconsin (11/16-17) W, W
    No. 3/No. 3 Denver (11/23-24)

    And because everything this week is about how CC compares to Denver, here’s how the Pioneers’ schedule looks:
    NR Maine (10/12-13) W, W
    No. 9/No. 9 Notre Dame (10/18-19) L, W
    No. 12/No.15 Minnesota-Duluth (10/26-27) W, L
    No. 15/No. 13 Minnesota (11/2-3) W, W
    NR Minnesota State (11/16-17) W, W
    No. 4/No.4 CC (11/23-24)

    First-place CC, with two games in hand, holds a four-point advantage over second-place Denver in the conference rankings.

    What do you think about Denver’s strength of schedule so far, as compared with CC’s? Does it even matter with a rivalry like this?


    Tiger Tracks:

    • The Calgary Flames (NHL) recalled former CC goaltender Curtis McElhinney Monday
    • Thanks to Matt for this link to an interview with Brett Sterling on Hockey’s Future. Sterling says he learned he could play at the NHL level during his brief stint with the Atlanta Thrashers, he’s just refining his skills with the Chicago Wolves (AHL) and hoping for another chances.
    • Trevor Frischmon made his stay with the Charlotte Checkers (ECHL) brief. Frischmon was called up to the Syracuse Crunch (AHL) Monday.
  • Game day: No. 7 Colorado College 6, No. 9 Wisconsin 1

    Sun, November 18, 2007 by admin with 2 comments

    From the notebook
    Third period:
    13:26– Wisconsin defenseman Brendan Smith gets his own rebound and wraps around the net, only to be denied again by Bachman.
    12:01– Bachman saves a doorstep attempt from center Blake Geoffrion
    10:04– Bachman displays the full split to save center Andy Bohmbach’s shot.
    3:42– Defenseman Jack Hillen drives the net and picks up his second goal of the season. (CC 6, Wisconsin 1)
    0:45– Wisconsin left wing Josh Engel’s shot from the slot is rebounded out to Patrick Johnson, who slaps the puck from the right circle faceoff dot past Bachman. (CC 5, Wisconsin 1)

    Second period:
    17:46– Vlassopoulos’ pass from the bottom of the right circle sets up a one-time goal for Patrosso. (CC 5, Wisconsin 0)
    14:34– Patrosso comes out of the penalty box and has a one-on-one opportunity scooped up by Connelly.
    About 13:45– Kyle Turris’ shot from the slot was gloved by Bachman.
    Midway through the second– On CC’s first of four power plays, Bill Sweatt’s pass that seems to skip across the goal line eludes Eric Walsky, who was waiting for it on Connelly’s doorstep.
    5:34–Sweatt makes a pass from the outside of the right circle, which Vlassopoulos finishes backdoor on Connelly. Wisconsin asks for video review of goaltender interference, but the goal stands. (CC 4, Wisconsin 0)

    First period:
    19:15– Patrosso’s pass from the top of the left circle meets Vlassopoulos in stride. Vlassopoulos faked with his body as if he were going to shoot right and then finished to the left of Connelly. (CC 3, Wisconsin 0)
    Less than four minutes to go– Bill Sweatt makes a huge defensive save with Bachman sprawling to cover a shot by Wisconsin’s John Mitchell.
    12:38– Wisconsin’s Patrick Johnson tries to make a cross-ice pass, but Chad Rau steps into the passing lane and goes hard to the net, pulling left and the finishing on his forehand for his second short-handed score in as many nights. (CC 2, Wisconsin 0)
    12:15– With CC on the penalty kill, Bachman makes a punch save, knocking the puck out of dangerous traffic.
    9:02– CC cycles the puck and defenseman Jack Hillen shoots from the top of the left circle. Goaltender Shane Connelly thinks he has the puck smothered, but right wing Derek Patrosso is there to tap it across the line. (CC 1, Wisconsin 0)
    8:55– Bill Sweatt gets to a loose puck and spins, sending a pass toward the crease. Center Andreas Vlassopoulos knocks the puck just wide of the net.
    7:45– Richard Bachman saves Blake Geoffrion’s shot from the wing and a follow from Ben Street.

    With a career-high four points, Derek Patrosso says:
    “Any time you get a chance to sweep Wisconsin, I think you get excited for that opportunity and you try to take advantage of it. We got a couple of bounces in the first period, but we made the most of them and that’s what good teams do. …It was nice to see the offense kind of explode a little bit and everybody contributing.”

    Lines
    Colorado College
    10 Thauwald–14 Rau–23 Kilpatrick
    21 Sweatt–19 Vlassopoulos–16 Patrosso
    26 McCulloch–17 Johnson–22 Walsky
    28 Schultz–9 McMillin–2 Lampl

    8 Hillen–15 Prosser
    7 Fredheim–4 Gannon
    11 Connelly–27 Wysopal

    30 Bachman
    31 O’Connell
    1 O’Brien

    Scratches: Healthy–Addison DeBoer, Matt Overman, and Ryan Lowery. Injured–Mike Testwuide (ankle), Dan Quilico (ankle).

    Wisconsin
    22 Street–19 Turris–9 Davies
    6 Engel–5 Geoffrion–10 Johnson
    24 Mitchell–16 Dolan–14 Grotting
    15 Gorowsky–11 Bohmbach–8 Turnbull

    7 Smith–20 Klubertanz
    4 Drewiske–27 Goloubef
    17 McDonagh–2 McBain

    35 Connelly
    1 Gudmandson

  • US NTDP defenseman Joe Marciano commits to CC

    Sun, November 18, 2007 by admin with 2 comments

    Joe Marciano, a 17-year-old defenseman from Alta Loma, Calif., committed to join CC for the 2008-09 season last week, he said Saturday.

    A 6-foot-1, 194-pound defenseman playing for the U.S. national under-18 team in residence in Ann Arbor, Mich., Marciano will fill out next season’s defensive corps, which only loses current senior Jack Hillen to graduation. Marciano’s decision came down to CC and Harvard, but he also visited Wisconsin within the last year.

    The first CC recruit from the U.S. National Team Development program since sophomore Bill Sweatt, Marciano had a goal in CC’s exhibition with the U.S. under-18 team earlier this season, his only goal in 18 games. Marciano played for Shattuck-St. Mary’s, an elite hockey prep school located in Faribault, Minn., in 2006-07, totaling 8 goals and 15 assists in 45 games. Marciano also played for Shattuck’s under-16 team in 2005-06.

    Staying with freshman Stephen Schultz on his official visit, Marciano was in attendance for Saturday’s game against No. 9 Wisconsin and watched with freshman defenseman Ryan Lowery.

    Marciano joins four forwards in the 2008-09 recruiting class. Coach Scott Owens said he has received four of five letters of intent from the group. NCAA rules prohibit coaches from discussing recruits until they have received a letter of intent.

    A quick Q&A with Marciano:

    On choosing CC:
    “Being from California, it’s a good fit for me and Colorado is close to home. That had a big influence on it. It’s a good school and the WCHA is a good league to play in.”

    The California connection:
    “I don’t know them (CC’s Californians Andreas Vlassopoulos and Dan Quilico) personally yet, but I know of them. It’s a great program, great hockey.”

    How the commitment came about:
    “We’ve been communicating back and forth for a while. For the past month or so, me and coach Owens have been talking on the phone a lot and he told me that they were ready to give me an offer. I was actually looking at Harvard at the time and was waiting on my ACT score. But in my heart, I knew I was going to come here anyway, I fit in here well and it was close to home. Anyway, last week I called coach Owens and told him I was ready to commit. He said, ‘It’s good to have you,’ and stuff like that.”

    How Marciano describes himself:
    “I’d say I’m like an all-around defenseman. I’m pretty good defensively. I can move the puck well and get that first pass up to the guys.”

    With just one defenseman graduating, where Marciano see himself fitting in:
    “Coming in as a freshman, you’ve got to work to get your ice. I think I have a good chance, but I’ve got to work for it.”

    Why, in light of the early commitments among U.S. NTDP players, Marciano hasn’t committed earlier:
    “I just recently started getting offers. Last year, I always talked to colleges, but this year, I’ve just been starting to get offers. I wasn’t really in a hurry anyways. Being from California, I’m new to the college process and everything.”

  • Game day: No. 7 Colorado College vs. No. 9 Wisconsin

    Sat, November 17, 2007 by admin with 4 comments

    Note:
    –Wisconsin forwards Aaron Bendickson (leg) and Matthew Ford (apparent shoulder) left the game in the first period and second period, respectively. Neither will play Saturday.

    First period:
    Colorado College 1, Wisconsin 0: Jimmy Kilpatrick 3 (Chad Rau 5, Jake Gannon 2), 12:53.
    Boy, was right wing Jimmy Kilpatrick hungry for a goal. Kilpatrick had tipped a shot from Ryan Lowery past goaltender Shane Connelly about three minutes earlier, but the puck hit the left post. Then, 14 seconds before Kilpatrick scored, he missed a sneaky cross from Chad Rau. The line regained the puck and Rau found Kilpatrick in the left circle. Kilpatrick took a couple of touches and wristed a shot through traffic, beating Connelly (screened by Kyle Klubertanz) five-hole.

    Second period:
    Colorado College 2, Wisconsin 0: Chad Rau 4 (Jimmy Kilpatrick 3), 1:43.
    Rau sliced into the slot from the left circle and put a hard wrist shot on net, about chest-height on Connelly, who was in his butterfly stance. Connelly couldn’t handle the puck and it flipped over his right shoulder into the goal.

    Colorado College 2, Wisconsin 1: Michael Davies (Ben Grotting, Kyle Turris), 3:26.
    On a face-off in CC’s offensive zone, Kyle Turris got enough of the puck to win the draw against Brian McMillin and right wing Ben Grotting took off with it down the ice. Grotting found Michael Davies, who beat Richard Bachman to the left post for the score.

    Colorado College 2, Wisconsin 2: John Mitchell (Ryan McDonagh, Jamie McBain), 19:02.
    John Mitchell got his own rebound off of the shin pads of defenseman Jack Hillen, who had blocked Mitchell’s first shot. Mitchell put the puck on net and caught Bachman scrambling.

    Third period:
    Colorado College 2, Wisconsin 3: Blake Geoffrion (Josh Engel), 0:24.
    On the first shift of the period, Josh Engel ripped a shot from the slot, which Bachman kicked away with his right leg pad–right onto the stick of Blake Geoffrion, who was crashing the net.

    Colorado College 3, Wisconsin 3: Chad Rau 5 (Nate Prosser 2), 3:21, sh.
    On CC’s third penalty kill of the game, defenseman Nate Prosser caused a turnover along the boards and skated a couple of steps before he saw Rau sliding behind two Wisconsin defensemen. Rau’s low shot from the slot beat Connelly five-hole. It was the Tigers’ third short-handed goal of the season and third in four games. Rau joins Scott Thauwald and Brian McMillin in the short-handed goal-scorers club.

    Colorado College 4, Wisconsin 3: Jimmy Kilpatrick 4 (Nate Prosser 3), 12:11.
    Prosser finds Kilpatrick at the outer part of the left circle. Kilpatrick’s wrist shot beat Connelly over his left shoulder, hitting the far top corner of the net for the senior’s second game-winning goal of the season.

    Inside the stats:

    • CC won the face-off battle against Wisconsin, securing 62 percent of the face-offs. It was by far the Tigers’ best mark of the season and only the second time in nine games they have won more than 50 percent of the face-offs.
    • The numbers (won/total): Vlassopoulos 11/19, Rau 7/14, McMillin 6/7, Johnson 5/1, Patrosso 4/1, Walsky 3/5, Thauwald 1/2, Kilpatrick 0/1, Fredheim 0/1.
    • Here are the game-by-game stats for percent of face-offs won: Minnesota Game 1: 45 percent; Minnesota Game 2; 38 percent; New Hampshire Game 1: 36 percent; New Hampshire Game 2: 42 percent; North Dakota Game 1: 45 percent; North Dakota Game 2, 52 percent; Minnesota-Duluth Game 1, 45 percent; Minnesota-Duluth Game 2, 48 percent.

    Lines:

    Colorado College
    10 Thauwald–14 Rau–23 Kilpatrick
    21 Sweatt–19 Vlassopoulos–16 Patrosso
    26 McCulloch–17 Johnson–22 Walsky
    28 Schultz–9 McMillin–2 Lampl

    8 Hillen–15 Prosser
    7 Fredheim–4 Gannon
    11 Connelly–24 Lowery

    30 Bachman
    31 O’Connell
    1 O’Brien

    Wisconsin
    22 Street–19 Turris–18 Ford
    6 Engel–5 Geoffrion–10 Johnson
    24 Mitchell–16 Dolan–8 Turnbull
    9 Davies–13 Bendickson–14 Grotting

    7 Smith–20 Klubertanz
    4 Drewiske–27 Goloubef
    17 McDonagh–2 McBain

    35 Connelly
    1 Gudmandson

  • Lampl Will Play Friday

    Fri, November 16, 2007 by admin with 1 comment

    Junior forward Cody Lampl will play Friday against Wisconsin, he said after practicing Thursday.

    Lampl, who suffered a hip bruise after a collision with the goalpost on Oct. 29, missed the Nov. 2 game at North Dakota. He returned to the lineup with limited success Nov. 3 and did not practice all of last week leading into the series with Minnesota-Duluth, in which he did not play. Lampl played in a non-contact jersey Wednesday and was able to participate fully in Thursday’s practice. Lampl said he did not know if he would play both nights against Wisconsin, but that it would be a coaches’ decision.

    Projected lines for Friday are:
    10 Thauwald–14 Rau–23 Kilpatrick
    21 Sweatt–19 Vlassopoulos–16 Patrosso
    26 McCulloch–17 Johnson–22 Walsky
    2 Lampl–9 McMillin–28 Schultz

    ***
    Center Brian McMillin’s high school team, the Roseau Rams, will be featured throughout the season in The Hockey News. Check out the first installment here. Turns out Roseau, a town of 2,700 people about 2.5 hours northeast of Grand Forks, N.D., and not far from the Canadian border, has three hockey rinks buzzing with activity. I’ll have to see what Brian thinks of this media buzz.