• CC 2 — Denver 2 (Final)

    Fri, October 31, 2008 by admin with 3 comments

    DENVER — This is one of those moments where, after 65 minutes of sensory overload, I am struggling to compose my thoughts.

    Mostly my brain is still trying to grasp the goaltending brilliance I just witnessed in CC’s 2-2 tie with Denver at Magness Arena.

    As I said at the beginning of Friday’s third period, even if the game had ended with Denver winning 7-2, Colorado College goaltender Richard Bachman, who finished with 44 saves on 46 shots, would be my choice for MVP (again). The Pioneers, whose offense is as lethal as advertised, threw everything but the kitchen sink at him.

    My big question after the game: How much more can the Tigers ask of Bachman, who put together back-to-back career nights (his 40 saves at Clarkson last Saturday were his previous high)?

    “That’s the thing,” coach Scott Owens said. “You can’t ask him to do anything more. That being said, two of the goals were odd goals. One went off of a skate (defenseman Jake Gannon‘s) and the other was a play, so. He was on his game. There was no doubt about it.”

    The Tigers continued to struggle offensively, especially after taking five penalties in the second period. All told, CC spent nearly 15 minutes on the penalty kill on Friday, making it all that more remarkable that it held Denver scoreless on nine power plays. Again, the credit goes mostly to Bachman, who made 21 of his saves against the Pioneers’ power play (which entered the game on a 20 percent clip).

    “We didn’t play very well tonight,” Owens said. “Denver was good. But we made them better by giving them too many power-play opportunities. … Again, if it wasn’t for penalty-killing and Richard Bachman, this thing would have been long gone in the second period.”

    CC can’t wait to get back to World Arena for Sunday’s series finale against Denver. It’ll be the Pioneers’ first road game and their first game on the Olympic sheet.

    Couple little tidbits that were cut from the story:

    –The last time the Tigers went to overtime in three consecutive games was in January 2003, when they tied twice at North Dakota and once at Michigan Tech.

    –Defenseman Brian Connelly‘s first-period power-play goal snapped a 0 for 12 scoreless streak by the Tigers on the man-advantage, a span of more than 95 minutes dating back to last Friday’s 1-1 tie at Clarkson.

    –Denver’s first goal, the one that deflected off of Gannon’s skate, only was counted after a lengthy review in which referees consulted two different angles to see if Denver left wing Rhett Rakhshani kicked it in.

    –After the game, Denver coach George Gwozdecky praised the Pioneers student section, which chanted unbloggable expletives throughout the second and third period, saying: “I don’t get distracted much when I’m on the bench. But tongiht, for the first time in I don’t know how long, our student section was phenomenal.” It’ll be interesting to see what happens if CC students pull similar hijinks on Sunday…

    –And lastly, I don’t know what the deal is at Denver, but for the third CC-DU game at Magness in a row, the clock started malfunctioning.

    Check out Saturday’s Gazette for more (and Sunday’s, for that matter…).

    Colorado College
    23 Hall — 14 Rau — 22 Walsky
    *21 Sweatt — 19 Vlassopoulos — 25 Testwuide
    26 McCulloch — 17 Johnson — 28 Schultz
    5 DeBoer — 9 McMillin — 16 Civitarese

    *11 Connelly — 15 Prosser
    7 Fredheim — 4 Gannon
    10 Guentzel — 24 Lowery

    *30 Bachman
    31 O’Connell

    Denver
    *12 Colborne — 21 Bozak — 18 Salazar
    9 Rakhshani — 15 Ruegsegger — 8 Jackson
    16 Maiani — 14 Martin — 19 Ostrow
    17 Glasser — 22 Gifford — 37 Dewhurst

    28 Wiercioch — 7 Mullen
    *11 Testwuide — 6 Nutini
    25 Brookwell — 5 Lee

    *1 Cheverie
    25 Paulgaard
    30 Guinn

    *starters

    Denver 0 1 1 0 2

    Colorado College 1 1 0 0 2

    First period – 1. CC, Connelly (Guentzel, Rau), 5:34, pp. Penalties – Ostrow, DU (tripping), 4:09; Dewhurst, DU (hooking), 6:25; Fredheim, CC (hooking), 8:38; Rakhshani, DU (slashing), 11:00; Walsky, CC (hooking), 11:52; Prosser, CC (cross-checking), 13:07; Salazar, DU (holding the stick), 14:28.

    Second – 2. CC, DeBoer (unassisted), 5:01. 3. DU, Rakhshani (Bozak, Wiercioch), 8:18. Penalties – Prosser, CC (interference), :19; Lowery, CC (interference), 6:09; Vlassopoulos, CC (obstruction-interference), 10:08; Schultz, CC (cross-checking), 13:20; Nutini, DU (hooking), 15:59; McCulloch, CC (holding), 17:27.

    Third – 4. DU, Salazar (Bozak), :28. Penalties – Rakhshani, DU (tripping), 5:07; Schultz, CC (), 7:59; Ostrow, DU (obstruction-hooking), 15:26.

    Overtime – none. Penalties – none.

    Shots on goal – DU 15-11-18-2-46. CC 11-8-7-3-29. Power-play Opportunities – DU 0 of 9, CC 1 of 7. Goalies – DU, Cheverie 10-7-7-3 (29 shots, 27 saves), 4-1-1. CC, Bachman 15-10-17-2 (46 shots, 44 saves), 3-0-3. A – 5,857. T – 2:35. Referees – Marco Hunt, Derek Shepherd. Linesmen – Gary Pedigo, Tim Swiader.

  • What’s up with 103.9?

    Fri, October 31, 2008 by admin with 1 comment

    This is straight from CC marketing director Scott Lowenberg:

    You may have noticed CC’s flagship station has made a change.

    Formerly 103.9 The Eagle and now The New 103.9 RXP.  The format has changed to not only include Rock favorites, but play today’s rock.

    But nothing has changed with 103.9 carrying every CC Hockey game home and away, as well as the Tuesday evening (6:30 – 7:30) Coach Scott Owens Show.

    So there you have it. Easy does it.

  • Don’t Wait

    Thu, October 30, 2008 by admin with 2 comments

    I just got word that CC has just 300 tickets left for Sunday’s game against Denver. Might want to get on that: cctigers.com, 576-2626, or World Arena Box Office.

  • CC-DU: Halloween edition

    Thu, October 30, 2008 by admin with no comments

    Like children awaiting their Halloween bounty o’ candy, Tigers fans’ eyes dialate at the very thought of the wonder that is the CC-DU series. Knowing how I am about my favorite teams, (recalling how I forced myself to change the channel on the Rays last week, convinced that it was me that was causing them to choke at the plate) what are your superstitions? Are there certain jerseys you must wear or cheers you must do? How do you decide whether to continue with your tradition or leave it behind? Leave me a comment below.

    So, here’s what you’ve really been waiting for (have had computer issues this week!). Here’s some random notes and observations from practice this week:

    The Tigers have been doing anything and everything they can to practice shooting AND scoring. On Thursday, CC worked on its power play and 5-on-3 (Denver is a highly penalized team).

    For its penalty kill, the Tigers focused on forcing the mock Denver players to the wall, using an inside-out approach to protect the middle of the ice. I noticed that defenseman Art Bidwill, who was playing on the scout power-play unit, has quite a shot from the point: considering he was able to get three in a row through CC’s penalty kill, it was tough to miss. Looks like he’ll be a good addition to the power play as he continues to develop.

    Then, CC worked on face-offs as a team, which is a departure from last season, where centers would just practice taking draws by themselves. But the Tigers worked on offensive- and defensive-zone face-off situations, reinforcing the concepts for the wings and defensemen especially. Then, volunteer assistant R.J. Enga worked specifically with the centers to improve their technique.

    As is typical at this juncture of the season, the lines have jumbled a bit. Part of that has to do with going on the road, part of it is trying to spark CC’s offense. You could see a freshness on the ice in practice, it will be interesting to see how it pans out Friday.

    Hall-Rau-Walsky
    Sweatt-Vlassopoulos-Testwuide
    McCulloch-Johnson-Schultz
    DeBoer-McMillin-Civitarese
    Overman-Dineen-Quilico

    Three quick alumni notes:

    Aaron Slattengren is getting a chance with the Portland (Maine) Pirates of the American Hockey League. Slattengren, who is the Augusta Lynx (ECHL) captain and one of the top-scoring forwards in the ECHL, has played in the AHL before with the Providence (R.I) Bruins.

    Jack Hillen was sent down from the New York Islanders to the Bridgeport (Conn.) Sound Tigers to make room for defenseman Andy Sutton. Hillen said he’s looking forward to playing more than the 15 minutes he averaged in six games with the Islanders.

    –Hillen’s classmate, Derek Patrosso, landed close to home with the Port Huron (Mich.) Icehawks. Patrosso was released from the Fresno (Calif.) Falcons (ECHL) after training camp, but reached an agreement with the IHL’s Icehawks.

  • CC Remains No. 1

    Mon, October 27, 2008 by admin with no comments

    USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
    Men’s College Hockey Poll
    (first-place votes in parentheses)

    Rank
    School
    Last Week’s Ranking
    2008-09 Record
    Weeks in Top15
    1 Colorado College, 505 (30)
    1
    4-0-2

    5

    2 Boston College, 457 (3)
    4
    3-1-0
    5
    3 Boston University, 419
    7
    4-1-0
    5
    4 University of Denver, 414
    2
    4-1-0
    5
    5 University of Minnesota, 371 (1)
    6
    3-0-1
    5
    6 Miami (Ohio) University, 321
    10
    3-1-2
    5
    7 University of New Hampshire, 320
    3
    3-1-1
    5
    8 University of Michigan, 269
    5
    4-2-0
    5
    9 Northeastern University, 236
    11
    5-0-1
    2
    10 Princeton University, 202
    9
    0-0-0
    4
    11 Minnesota State University, 135
    13
    3-1-0
    3
    12 Michigan State University, 128
    14
    3-2-1
    5
    13 University of Notre Dame, 78
    8
    2-3-0
    5
    14 Clarkson University, 70
    NR
    1-1-2
    4
    15
    University of Vermont, 67
    12
    2-1-1
    2

    Others receiving votes: U.S. Air Force Academy, 27; University of Nebraska Omaha, 11; Cornell University, 10; University of Alaska Anchorage, 9; St. Lawrence University, 8; St. Cloud State University, 5; Colgate University, 4; University of Massachusetts, 3; University of Massachusetts Lowell, 3; Harvard University, 2; University of North Dakota, 2; Northern Michigan University, 2; Union College, 2.

    USCHO.com Division I hockey poll

    Record Pts Pvs
    1. Colorado College (37) 4-0-2 976 1
    2. Boston College (7) 3-1-0 914 3
    3. Boston University (1) 4-1-0 872 6
    4. Denver (3) 4-1-0 860 2
    5. Minnesota (2) 3-0-1 808 7
    6. New Hampshire 3-1-1 694 4
    7. Miami 3-1-2 693 10
    8. Michigan 4-2-0 634 5
    9. Northeastern 5-0-1 550 14
    10. Princeton 0-0-0 510 9
    11. Michigan State 3-2-1 432 12
    12. Minnesota State 3-1-0 391 13
    13. Notre Dame 2-3-0 385 8
    14. Vermont 2-1-1 330 11
    15. Clarkson 1-1-2 283 19
    16. Cornell 0-0-0 161 17
    17. Air Force 6-0-0 154 NR
    18. North Dakota 1-3-0 143 16
    19. St. Cloud State 3-3-0 138 15
    20. Harvard 0-0-0 109 20

    Others Receiving Votes: Northern Michigan 85, Alaska-Anchorage 73, St. Lawrence 64, Nebraska-Omaha 62, Massachusetts 56, Minnesota-Duluth 42, Colgate 29, Mass.-Lowell 25, Union 9, Wisconsin 7, Niagara 4, Bemidji State 3, Dartmouth 2, Ohio State 2.

  • CC 2 — Clarkson 2 (final, OT)

    Sat, October 25, 2008 by admin with 2 comments

    POTSDAM, N.Y. — Oh, boy.

    For the second time in as many nights, Colorado College struggled to generate offense against a physical Clarkson team.

    In Saturday’s 2-2 tie with Clarkson at Cheel Arena, it was more a product of penalties than lack of chemistry–or perhaps the two went hand-in-hand.

    In the third period and overtime, both teams combined for 15 penalties — many of the head-scratching variety — and spent 24 minutes and 42 seconds of the 65-minute game playing with special teams.

    The Tigers’ penalty kill extended its streak to 40 consecutive successful kills before finally cracking with nine seconds left in a third-period penalty and less than five minutes left in regulation. Goaltender Richard Bachman — who turned away 40 shots in the game, including 12 in penalty-kill situations — didn’t see the loopy shot from right wing Scott Freeman until it had sailed past his right ear and landed in the back of the net to knot the score at two apiece.

    “I’ll have to check it out on video,” Bachman said.

    The Tigers, who were outshot 42-32, had held the lead for more than 33 minutes before Freeman scored. It’s the first time CC has been outshot this season.

    CC took a 2-1 lead at 2:06 of the second. Left wing Tim Hall came streaking in off the bench and hit the post with a shot from the right circle. Goaltender Paul Karpowich lost track of it, but center Chad Rau didn’t — he found the puck behind Karpowich and tapped it in for the lead.

    Bill Sweatt scored 16 seconds into the first period, when a centering pass attempt got caught in Karpowich’s pads and trickled into the net. But Clarkson’s top scorer Chris D’Alvise, who missed Friday’s game after getting a game disqualification for spearing last week, answered back nearly six minute later with a rocket from the right circle that beat Bachman over his left shoulder.

    Here’s what two Tigers had to say after Saturday’s tie:

    Bill Sweatt: “We’ve got to find a way, especially in the second game, to keep that lead. We got into penalty trouble, but we’ve got to stay out of the box. … It was frustrating because we had such a good start and then they came on and we took a couple of penalties. … In the second and third we had a lot of spurts of really good play, but then we’d get penalties. I don’t know if they were all legit or whatever, but that’s not an excuse and we’ve got to stay out of the box.”

    Richard Bachman: “It got crazy out there. … Eventually you’re going to have give up one (power-play goal). You realize that. But still, that’s a tough way to give up that first one, especially in the third period, late in the game, second game of the weekend–you don’t want to be giving up power-play goals then. That’s not what we wanted. It’s kind of disappointing and stuff when you give up the tying goal, but we’ve just got to keep going and try to catch our bounces, too.”

    Colorado College (4-0-1)

    21 Sweatt — 14 Rau — 22 Walsky
    23 Hall — 19 Vlassopoulos — 28 Schultz
    5 DeBoer — 17 Johnson — 25 Testwuide
    18 Overman — 9 McMillin — 20 Dineen

    11 Connelly — 15 Prosser
    7 Fredheim — 4 Gannon
    10 Guentzel — 24 Lowery

    30 Bachman
    31 O’Connell

    Clarkson University (1-1-1)

    81 Cayer — 11 D’Alvise — 8 Beca
    77 DeFazio — 27 Tuohimaa — 9 Freeman
    14 Morley — 21 Marks — 19 Oakley
    18 Tremblay — 7 Tamblyn — 13 Tuttle

    3 Pizzo — 55 Borowiecki
    12 Mason — 5 Bellows
    89 Rufenach — 4 Reed

    30 Karpowich
    29 Potter
    1 LaVeau

    Clarkson 1 0 1 2

    Colorado College 1 1 0 2

    First period – 1. CC, Sweatt (unassisted), :16. 2. CU, D’Alvise (Reed), 6:13. Penalties – Pizzo, CU (holding), 9:16; Vlassopoulos, CC (hooking), 10:45; Prosser, CC (slashing), 15:04; Marks, CU (tripping), 17:29; Marks, CU (charging), 20:00.

    Second – 3. CC, Rau (Hall, Walsky), 2:06. Penalties – McMillin, CC (hitting from behind), 8:57; Team, CC (too many men on the ice), 15:42; Connelly, CC (interference), 17:24.

    Third – 4. CU, Freeman (DeFazio), 15:32, pp. Penalties – Gannon, CC (tripping), 4:45; Connelly, CC (holding), 8:36; Tremblay, CU (interference), 9:15; Guentzel, CC (hooking), 10:34; DeFazio, CU (contact to the head), 10:34; Beca, CU (hooking), 11:38; Vlassopoulos, CC (high-sticking), 11:55; Borowiecki, CU (holding), 12:26; Schultz, CC (interference), 13:19; McMillin, CC (hitting from behind), 13:41; Cayer, CU (tripping), 16:46.

    Overtime – none. Penalties – Bellows, CU (hooking), 2:17; Walsky, CC (high-sticking), 3:24; Rufenach, CU (tripping), 4:11; Sweatt, CC (slashing), 4:52.

    Shots on goal – CU 12-9-18-3-42. CC 13-6-10-1-30. Power-play Opportunities – CU 1 of 10, CC 0 of 9. Goalies – CU, Karpowich 12-5-10-1 (30 shots, 28 saves), 1-1-2. CC, Bachman 11-9-17-3 (42 shots, 40 saves), 3-0-2. A – 3,392. T – 2:30. Referees – Chip McDonald, Scott Whittemore. Linesmen – Brett Reed, Christopher Piti.

  • CC 1 — Clarkson 1 (final)

    Fri, October 24, 2008 by admin with 6 comments

    POTSDAM, N.Y. — Colorado College center Chad Rau stuffed in a power-play goal during a scramble in front of the net during the second period to tie the score 1-1 at Clarkson’s Cheel Arena.

    The Tigers trailed 1-0 after Clarkson center Lauri Tuohimma roofed the Golden Knights’ seventh shot of the game less than six minutes into the second.

    CC had numerous chances to get a goal in the waning moments, including a shot in the final minute of regulation by Addison DeBoer that hit the crossbar and a power play in overtime.

    Five games into the season, just five CC forwards have scored goals and only four in Friday’s lineup. The lack of scoring is surprising for No. 1 CC, which returned 76 percent of its goal-scoring from last season’s squad, one of the highest-scoring teams in the nation. CC is averaging 38.5 shots per game, but only 2.6 goals.

    When asked if he and other forwards are gripping their sticks tighter as the games pass without goals, DeBoer said: “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t. You go out there and you try not to think about it. But when you’re off the ice, away from the rink, it’s hard not to think about it.”

    On the smaller, NHL-sized sheet, the Tigers couldn’t make their speed as much as advantage as they did in last season’s sweep of Clarkson at Olympic-sized World Arena (5-2 and 6-1 wins).

    “They’re hard to play,” coach Scott Owens said. “They’re physical and tough and hard-nosed. There wasn’t a lot of room out there, not the room that we’re used to.”

    Look for more in Saturday’s Gazette. Also, post your questions and thoughts below!

    Colorado College

    21 Sweatt — 14 Rau — 22 Walsky
    23 Hall — 19 Vlassopoulos — 28 Schultz
    5 DeBoer — 17 Johnson — 25 Testwuide
    18 Overman — 9 McMillin — 20 Dineen*

    11 Connelly — 15 Prosser
    7 Fredheim — 4 Gannon
    10 Guentzel — 24 Lowery

    30 Bachman
    31 O’Connell

    *Making collegiate debut

    **Scratches:
    12 Quilico, 27 Bidwill

    **Did not travel:
    26 McCulloch (groin, “I’ll be back for next week,” he said), 16 Civitarese, 1 O’Brien, 3 Behrend

    Clarkson University

    18 Tremblay — 81 Cayer — 8 Beca
    77 DeFazio — 27 Tuohimaa — 9 Freeman
    14 Morley — 21 Marks — 19 Oakley
    26 Willemsen — 7 Tamblyn — 13 Tuttle

    2 Paquet — 55 Borowiecki
    12 Mason — 5 Bellows
    89 Rufenach — 4 Reed

    30 Karpowich
    29 Potter
    1 LaVeau

    **Clarkson’s top scorer, Chris D’Alvise, received a one-game disqualification for spearing with three seconds left in the Golden Knights’ loss to Niagara last Saturday.

  • CC Ranked No. 1

    Mon, October 20, 2008 by admin with 3 comments

    As expected with CC’s win over Michigan Tech and Boston College’s loss to Northeastern on Saturday, the Tigers are the nation’s new No. 1 team. CC, which hasn’t been ranked No. 1 since November 2005, earned 31 of 34 first-place votes and 504 points in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll. Rival Denver, which swept Wisconsin, is nipping at the Tigers’ heels as the new No. 2.

    USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
    Men’s College Hockey Poll
    (first-place votes in parentheses)

    Rank
    School
    Last Week’s Ranking
    2008-09 Record
    Weeks in Top 15
    1 Colorado College, 504 (31)
    3
    4-0-0
    4
    2 University of Denver, 469 (1)
    4
    3-0-0
    4
    3 University of New Hampshire, 427 (1)
    6
    3-0-0
    4
    4 Boston College, 415 (1)
    1
    2-1-0
    4
    5 University of Michigan, 374
    2
    3-1-0
    4
    6 University of Minnesota, 326
    9
    2-0-0
    4
    7 Boston University, 319
    5
    3-1-0
    4
    8 University of Notre Dame, 277
    8
    2-1-0
    4
    9 Princeton University, 193
    12
    0-0-0
    3
    10 Miami (Ohio) University, 191
    7
    1-1-2
    4
    11 Northeastern University, 139
    NR
    3-0-1
    1
    12
    University of Vermont, 125
    NR
    2-0-1
    1
    13 Minnesota State University, 94
    15
    3-1-0
    2
    14 Michigan State University, 87
    11
    2-2-0
    4
    15 University of North Dakota, 28
    13
    1-3-0
    4

    Others receiving votes: St. Cloud State University, 25; Cornell University, 19; U.S. Air Force Academy, 17; Clarkson University, 15; University of Minnesota Duluth, 15; Northern Michigan University, 13; Harvard University, 4; University of Massachusetts Lowell, 4.

    USCHO.com Division I hockey poll

    Record Pts Pvs
    1. Colorado College (39) 4-0-0 976 3
    2. Denver (5) 3-0-0 928 4
    3. Boston College (3) 2-1-0 868 1
    4. New Hampshire (2) 3-0-0 840 6
    5. Michigan (1) 3-1-0 810 2
    6. Boston University 3-1-0 726 5
    7. Minnesota 2-0-0 694 9
    8. Notre Dame 2-1-0 693 8
    9. Princeton 0-0-0 480 10
    10. Miami 1-1-2 472 7
    11. Vermont 2-0-1 388 17
    12. Michigan State 2-2-0 369 11
    13. Minnesota State 3-1-0 365 15
    14. Northeastern 3-0-1 312 -
    15. St. Cloud State 2-2-0 246 12
    16. North Dakota 1-3-0 232 13
    17. Cornell 0-0-0 197 16
    18. Northern Michigan 2-2-0 196 19
    19. Clarkson 1-1-0 184 14
    20. Harvard 0-0-0 114 18

    Others receiving votes: Minnesota-Duluth 109, Air Force 107, Colgate 29, Nebraska-Omaha 28, Mass.-Lowell 26, Wisconsin 25, St. Lawrence 24, Massachusetts 19, Alaska-Anchorage 18, Maine 7, Niagara 7, Alaska 6, Dartmouth 3, Providence 1, Union, N.Y. 1.

  • Saturday recap

    Sun, October 19, 2008 by admin with no comments

    Again, something is up with the website.

    By Kate Crandall

    The Gazette

    In the sixth period of the weekend, Colorado College finally found the seams in Michigan Tech’s stifling defensive scheme.

    Left wing Bill Sweatt cracked a 1-1 tie just 2:45 into the third and right wing Stephen Schultz added a power-play goal to give CC a 4-2 win in front of 6,451 at World Arena.

    It was only the second time in the last 12 meetings that the Tigers have posted more than two goals against the Huskies.

    CC improves to 4-0 and 2-0 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while Michigan Tech drops to 1-3 (0-2 WCHA) and remains winless in 18 regular-season games at World Arena.

    CC scored just 3:23 into the first period when center Chad Rau fed right wing Eric Walsky in the slot. Walsky’s wrist shot beat goaltender Rob Nolan gloveside to give the Tigers their first power-play goal in more than 80 minutes.

    With four minutes left in the period, goaltender Richard Bachman preserved the tie when he came across the crease to make a backhanded glove save on center Brett Olson’s slap shot from the left circle.

    Just 32 seconds into the second, Sweatt took a boarding penalty and joined Rau (roughing) in the box, giving Michigan Tech a 5-on-3 advantage.

    Two seconds after killing off the two-man advantage — the Tigers have killed all 28 penalties this season — CC didn’t protect its crease and Michigan Tech capitalized.

    Left wing Jordan Baker and right wing Alex Macleod crashed the net, ending Bachman’s shutout streak at 162 minutes, 41 seconds.

    “It was an unbelievable 5-on-3 kill,” coach Scott Owens said. “All of a sudden you let down a little bit. … It was frustrating.”

    Held to just seven shots in the second period, the Tigers reeled off 16 shots in the third, including seven on the power play.

    “We knew we needed to control the game and we knew we needed to stay out of the box,” Walsky said.

    On a power play midway through the third, Schultz beat Nolan with a no-angle shot to give CC a 3-1 lead.

    With Nolan pulled, Olson scored with 21.2 seconds left, but Walsky tapped in a leading pass from Sweatt to seal the win.

  • Saturday notes

    Sun, October 19, 2008 by admin with no comments

    By Kate Crandall

    The Gazette

    Colorado College scored in the first five minutes against Michigan Tech on Saturday en route to its strongest first-period performance of the season.

    So far this season, the Tigers’ strongest period has been the second, in which they average about seven more shots than in the first.

    Friday nights have been a challenge.

    “We came out flat again,” coach Scott Owens said of Friday’s first period, in which CC didn’t muster a shot until more than 12 minutes had elapsed. “It’s been a problem for us on those Friday nights. We dodged a bullet. But you get down 1-0 and you get down to them and it’s a different game.”

    The Tigers have a brief pre-game skate on Saturday mornings before home games, but don’t skate before home games on Fridays. On the road, however, CC skates or has a brief dynamic stretching session before each of their games.

    “I don’t know if it’s a factor of that we don’t skate at home on Fridays or what the deal is,” Owens said. “But we need to come out better or else it’s going to start costing us there.”

    Owens said CC can’t skate before on Friday home games because of conflicts with class schedules, but he is considering altering the warm-up routine.

    Freshmen get a taste

    CC had just two freshmen, left wing Tim Hall and defenseman Gabe Guentzel, in the lineup for Michigan Tech on Friday and Saturday, the Tigers’ first Western Collegiate Hockey Association series.

    “It was a lot faster,” Guentzel said. “Guys were coming onto us faster. You had to do everything quicker.”