Colorado College was looking for a boost from its third and fourth lines and it got a big one on Saturday.
At 2:39 of overtime, left wing Addison DeBoer came from behind the net and tucked the puck inside the right post to lift the third-ranked Tigers to a 4-3 win over Alaska-Anchorage at Sullivan Arena.
“First, I was shocked couldn’t believe it went in,” said DeBoer, who was a healthy scratch on Friday. “Then, I was pretty excited. It was a big goal that we needed.”
DeBoer’s goal marked the first 5-on-5 score from a player not named Eric Walsky, Chad Rau or Bill Sweatt since the second period of the Nov. 2 game against Denver.
That’s a span of 389 minutes and four seconds.
“Still the top line did score three of the goals, but it was very nice and it’s good for the team chemistry to have somebody else chip in tonight,” coach Scott Owens said.
CC’s first overtime win — the Tigers had three overtime ties earlier this season — helped them secure their third consecutive split and second win in a five-game road trip that concludes next Friday at undefeated Air Force.
“It was a very hard-fought two points for us tonight and it was very gratifying,” Owens said. “We competed for 63 minutes. They were much better tonight and we were better tonight. I thought our hard work and perseverance helped us get that goal in the end.”
After a scoreless first period, the Tigers took a 1-0 lead with their second power-play goal in 14 chances. Defenseman Gabe Guentzel thought about a shot, but dished the puck to Rau, who unleashed a wrist shot from the left circle.
More than halfway through the second period, Anchorage’s Tommy Grant and Kevin Clark scored just more than four minutes apart to take the lead.
“They have some big strong forwards and they work hard down low,” Guentzel said.
But CC knotted the score just 26 seconds later when Walsky centered the puck off a defenseman’s skate. Sweatt collected it and backhanded it past defenseman Nils Bakstrom goaltender Jon Olthuis.
With less than six minutes left in Saturday’s third period, however, it looked as if CC might leave Alaska with just a point.
The Tigers gave up their second short-handed goal of the weekend when Grant beat goaltender Richard Bachman with a wrist shot from the right circle at 14:41.
“It was pretty deflating,” DeBoer said. “It’s not what you expect when you get a power play with a one-goal lead and less than six minutes to go. We need to get those power-play chances going and put them away.”
CC went 2 for 5 on Saturday to finish 3 for 19 on the weekend.
21 Sweatt — 14 Rau — 22 Walsky
26 McCulloch — 19 Vlassopoulos — 18 Overman
5 DeBoer — 17 Johnson — 25 Testwuide
23 Hall — 9 McMillin — 28 Schultz
11 Connelly — 15 Prosser
10 Guentzel — 4 Gannon
24 Lowery — 7 Fredheim
16 Grant — 20 Crowder — 27 Wiles
21 Lunden — 40 Bales — 9 Clark
18 Haddad — 14 Parkinson — 12 Moir
10 Lovdahl — 19 Selby — 6 Smith
11 Leinweber — 23 Vidmar
13 Bakstrom — 33 Robinson
24 Hunt — 22 Tuton