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  • CC 7, Sacred Heart 0 (Final)

    Sat, December 20, 2008 by admin with 1 comment

    Colorado College got production from new line combinations, stinginess from different goaltenders and a win in a game it couldn’t afford to lose.

     

    Seven goals in the first two periods gave Drew O’Connell a big cushion, as No. 10 CC headed into a three-week holiday break Saturday by beating Sacred Heart 7-0 before an announced crowd of 6,029 at World Arena.

     

    Kris Fredheim, Tim Hall and Chad Rau scored in the first, then Andreas Vlassopoulos, Bill Sweatt, Stephen Schultz and Brian McMillin tallied in the second, when Stefan Drew was pulled with 10:09 left.

     

    O’Connell stopped 18 shots, including four on the power play, in two-plus periods in place of Richard Bachman, who rested for the first time in nine games. Tyler O’Brien made six saves in 13 minutes in his second career game, his first of the season.

     

    It was the most lopsided victory for CC (11-6-5) since an 8-1 triumph over Alabama-Huntsville on Oct. 7, 2006. Unable to carry momentum from Friday’s tie, Sacred Heart (4-10-3) fell to 0-6-3 against Colorado’s three teams.

     

    “Some of the offensive struggles that we’ve had were kind of reversed,” said coach Scott Owens, whose team held a 47-24 shot advantage in improving to 9-1-1 in the second games of weekends. “We had a lot of different people contribute. Seven different guys scoring? You don’t see that very much anymore.”

     

    With only 14 Western Collegiate Hockey Association games the second half of the season, CC jumped one spot to 19th in the College Hockey News PairWise rankings used to predict the 16-team NCAA Tournament field.

     

    Its top line (Sweatt, Rau and Mike Testwuide) produced two goals and five points, its second line (Hall, Vlassopoulos and Eric Walsky) was good for two goals and four points and its third and fourth lines combined for two goals and six points.

     

    Entering Saturday, Hall was scoreless, Vlassopoulos hadn’t tallied in 14 games, Testwuide hadn’t registered a point the previous five games and Walsky had gone three games without a point.

     

    “We got all four lines going,” said Rau, whose 27 points are tops in the country. “We knew there would be some kind of change after our performance on Friday night. It worked out well, and each line played well together.”

     

    “I thought the lines were pretty good,” Owens added. “We came out and established ourselves right away, and I think Sacred Heart noted that. It was just what we needed.”

     

    COLORADO COLLEGE 7, SACRED HEART 0

    Sacred Heart  0 0 0 – 0

    Colorado College       3 4 0 – 7

    First period – 1. CC, Fredheim 2 (Dineen), 4:51. 2. CC, Hall 1 (Walsky, Vlassopoulos), 7:08. 3. CC, Rau 11 (Sweatt, Testwuide), 14:45. Penalties – Schultz, CC (interference), 16:26. Gordon, Sacred Heart (roughing), 17:34. Prosser, CC (roughing), 17:34.

    Second period – 4. CC, Vlassopoulos 2 (Guentzel, Fredheim), 0:19. 5. CC, Sweatt 9 (Connelly, Rau), 4:35. 6. CC, Schultz 6 (Johnson, Civitarese), 9:51. 7. CC, McMillin 2 (Fredheim, Dineen), 12:26. Penalties – Walsky, CC (roughing), 6:57.

    Third period – None. Penalties – Fredheim, CC (tripping), 2:52. Berube, Sacred Heart (tripping), 9:42. Berube, Sacred Heart (elbowing), 19:01.

    Shots on goal – Sacred Heart 5-10-9-24. CC 16-16-15-47. Power-play Opportunities – Sacred Heart 0 of 3. CC 0 of 2. Goalies – Sacred Heart, Drew 13-7-0 (26 shots-20 saves), St. Onge 0-5-15 (21 shots-20 saves). CC, O’Connell 5-10-3 (18 shots-18 saves), O’Brien 0-0-6 (6 shots-6 saves). A – 6,029. T – 1:58. Referees – Pete Friesema, Tim Walsh. Linesmen – Greg Rockenback, Stephen Stankevich.

  • CC-Sacred Heart pregame chatter

    Sat, December 20, 2008 by admin with no comments

    Three observations before No. 10 Colorado College concludes a nonconference series Saturday against Sacred Heart at World Arena:

     

    *Goaltender Drew O’Connell will make his first start since Nov. 21 at Alaska-Anchorage. Richard Bachman has started the past eight games.

     

    *All four of CC’s lines are different. First line – Bill Sweatt, Chad Rau and Mike Testwuide. Second line – Tim Hall, Andreas Vlassopoulos and Eric Walsky. Third line – Addison DeBoer, Nick Dineen and Brian McMillin. Fourth line – Stephen Schultz, Tyler Johnson and David Civitarese.

     

    *Defenseman Gabe Guentzel is back in the lineup after a night of rest. Defenseman Arthur Bidwill will play back-to-back games for the first time, having recovered from mononucleosis. Right wing Matt Overman will miss his third straight game with an undisclosed injury. Defenseman Ted Behrend and left wing Dan Quilico are healthy scratches.

  • CC 2, Sacred Heart 2 (Final)

    Fri, December 19, 2008 by admin with 1 comment

    The ninth try wasn’t a charm for Colorado College.

     

    Winless in its previous eight weekend openers, No. 10 CC continued an awful streak and lost momentum from Sunday’s victory over No. 4 Minnesota by tying Sacred Heart 2-2 on Friday before an announced crowd of 5,991 at World Arena.

     

    After CC (10-6-5) erased a 1-0 deficit on second-period goals by Brian McMillin and Brian Connelly, Matt Gordon scored the equalizer 36 seconds into the third to drop the Tigers to 0-5-4 in their past nine opening games of weekends.

     

    It’s the closest Sacred Heart, of the Atlantic Hockey Association, has come to a win in Colorado. The Pioneers (4-9-3) lost at Denver last season, and they’re 0-4-2 at Air Force the past 10 seasons.

     

    “A loss would have really hurt,” said CC coach Scott Owens, who will replace goaltender Richard Bachman with Drew O’Connell for the series finale at 7:07 p.m. today. “A tie keeps it in there, but it was a wasted opportunity.”

     

    Gordon caught Bachman out of position on the game-tying goal, blasting a wrist shot low to the stick side after Dave Grimson sent a shot off the boards behind the net.

     

    Bachman said he “didn’t know where (the puck) went. I heard it hit the boards. Then I saw it on the guy’s stick, but he had time to turn around and fire.”

     

    The Tigers, with a 42-26 shot advantage minus injured players Jake Gannon, Scott McCulloch and Matt Overman, hardly solved their reoccurring problems.

     

    Hampered by sloppy passing, CC converted one of five power-play chances against a Sacred Heart penalty kill that’s 75.8 percent, the third-worst mark among 58 Division I teams, and couldn’t rattle Stefan Drew, who is giving up 3.64 goals per game.

     

    Mike Testwuide remained scoreless. Andreas Vlassopoulos saw his scoreless streak extended to 13 games. And Eric Walsky went scoreless for the eighth straight game.

     

    “It’s a team that’s out of sync. It’s a team that’s confused,” Owens said. “I didn’t think we worked hard enough in the interior to make good plays, I thought we were easy to play against and I think you’ve got to credit them.”

     

    Bachman stressed the need for a turnaround, considering CC is 20th in the College Hockey News PairWise rankings used to predict the 16-team NCAA Tournament field.

     

    “We’re throwing our season away on these Friday nights,” he said. “Every weekend, it’s the same story, and we’re not getting anywhere.”

     

    COLORADO COLLEGE 2, SACRED HEART 2

    Sacred Heart  1 0 1 0 – 2

    Colorado College       0 2 0 0 – 2

    First period – 1. Sacred Heart, Grimson 2 (Giosa, Jarman), 16:26 (pp). Penalties – Jarman, Sacred Heart (hooking), 11:32. Schultz, CC (holding the stick), 15:29.

    Second period – 2. CC, McMillin 1 (Civitarese, Lowery), 8:43. 3. CC, Connelly 2 (Prosser, Sweatt), 16:12 (pp). Penalties – Connelly, CC (roughing), 0:28. Johnson, Sacred Heart (slashing), 1:31. Johnson, Sacred Heart (hooking), 10:54. Jarman, Sacred Heart (slashing), 15:19.

    Third period – 4. Sacred Heart, Gordon 2 (Grimson, Jarman), 0:36. Penalties – Knowlton, Sacred Heart (roughing), 1:42. Johnson, CC (roughing), 1:42. Tyll, Sacred Heart (roughing), 1:42. Johnson, CC (tripping), 17:59.

    Overtime – None. Penalties – None.

    Shots on goal – Sacred Heart 9-6-8-3-26. CC 16-15-9-2-42. Power-play Opportunities – Sacred Heart 1 of 3. CC 1 of 5. Goalies – Sacred Heart, Drew 16-13-9-2 (42 shots-40 saves). CC, Bachman 8-6-7-3 (26 shots-24 saves). A – 5,991. T – 2:18. Referees – Pete Friesema, Tim Walsh . Linesmen – Greg Rockenback, Stephen Stankevich.

  • CC-Sacred Heart pregame chatter

    Fri, December 19, 2008 by admin with no comments

    Three observations before No. 10 Colorado College opens a nonconference series Friday against Sacred Heart at World Arena:

     

    *Goaltender Richard Bachman will make his eighth consecutive start. Drew O’Connell probably will start Saturday’s game.

     

    *Defenseman Arthur Bidwill will play for the first time in 11 games, having recovered from mononucleosis. Defenseman Jake Gannon (fractured finger) and left wing Scott McCulloch (sprained left knee) are sidelined with injuries. Defenseman Gabe Guentzel and wings Tim Hall and Matt Overman are healthy scratches.

     

    *The Tigers kept their first line (Stephen Schultz, Chad Rau and Eric Walsky), second line (Bill Sweatt, Andreas Vlassopoulos and Mike Testwuide) and third line (Addison DeBoer, Nick Dineen and Tyler Johnson) the same. Their fourth line consists of Dan Quilico, Brian McMillin and David Civitarese.

  • CC’s next opponent: Sacred Heart

    Wed, December 17, 2008 by admin with 1 comment

    A Catholic school in Fairfield, Conn., with a 3,400-student enrollment, Sacred Heart never has played Colorado College. Like Alabama-Huntsville and Colgate, it will receive a five-figure cash guarantee for traveling to Colorado Springs.

     

    The Pioneers compete in the Atlantic Hockey Association, the same conference as Air Force. They were outscored 23-6 in four losses to No. 12 Air Force and 10-0 in two losses to No. 1 Notre Dame. They’re coming off a 3-2 win over Holy Cross and a 5-3 victory against Connecticut.

     

    Defense has been a problem, as Sacred Heart is giving up 4.07 goals per game, the second-worst mark among 58 Division I teams. Sacred Heart ranks 56th on the penalty kill at 75.6 percent.

  • CC remains 10th in latest national poll, Air Force jumps to 12th

    Mon, December 15, 2008 by admin with 1 comment

    USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
    Men’s College Hockey Poll – #12
    (first-place votes in parentheses)

    Rank
    School
    Last Week’s Ranking
    2008-09 Record
    Weeks in Top 15
    1 University of Notre Dame, 506 (30)
    1
    14-3-2
    12
    2 Miami (Ohio) University, 470 (4)
    3
    12-3-3
    12
    3 Boston University, 422
    4
    11-4-1
    12
    4 University of Minnesota, 409
    2
    8-3-5
    12
    5 University of Denver, 383
    5
    13-5-1
    12
    6 Northeastern University, 337
    6
    11-3-2
    9
    7 Boston College, 298
    8
    9-5-2
    12
    8 Princeton University, 274
    7
    10-2-0
    11
    9 Cornell University, 226
    9
    7-1-2
    6
    10 Colorado College, 214
    10
    10-6-4

    12

    11 University of Michigan, 148
    12
    11-7-0
    12
    12 U.S. Air Force Academy, 126
    13
    14-2-0
    7
    13 University of Vermont, 116
    11
    9-4-2
    7
    14 University of New Hampshire, 55
    15
    8-6-3
    11
    15 University of Nebraska Omaha, 33
    NR
    11-4-3
    2

    Others receiving votes: University of Wisconsin, 25; University of Maine, 9; University of Alaska, 6; Minnesota State University, 6; The Ohio State University, 6; University of North Dakota, 5; St. Cloud State University, 5; Dartmouth College, 1.

  • CC 1, Minnesota 0 (Final)

    Sun, December 14, 2008 by admin with no comments

    MINNEAPOLIS – For the first time in two weeks, Colorado College’s players went home laughing, with confidence, instead of frowning, with battered egos.

     

    Addison DeBoer scored a short-handed goal and Richard Bachman stopped 21 shots as No. 10 CC ended a three-game winless streak Sunday with a 1-0 victory over No. 2 Minnesota before an announced crowd of 9,910 at Mariucci Arena.

     

    The Tigers (10-6-4, 7-5-2 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) beat the Golden Gophers (8-3-5, 7-2-3) at Mariucci for the first time since Jan. 9, 2005, and moved into a tie for third in the WCHA, three points behind first-place Denver.

     

    It wasn’t the prettiest win for CC, which looked sloppy like Saturday in a 4-1 loss to Minnesota, managed only 23 shots and failed on five power-play chances, including a pair of 5-on-3 advantages.

     

    But Bachman made three saves on as many Minnesota power plays, and the Tigers showed newfound toughness, delivering open-ice hits, corralling loose pucks in the corners and trading finesse for nastiness.

     

    “It’s big for our team’s mental state,” said coach Scott Owens, whose team plays host to Sacred Heart this weekend before a 19-day holiday break. “To win on the road, to score two goals in a weekend and get a split, we’re thrilled.”

     

    After CC killed two Gabe Guentzel penalties in the opening 14 minutes, Tim Hall was whistled for elbowing and Minnesota again took the man advantage.

     

    On the power play’s first shift, DeBoer carried a puck into the neutral zone and passed to Andreas Vlassopoulos, who muscled an attempt from the slot. Alex Kangas couldn’t get his glove on the puck, and DeBoer wrapped a shot past Nico Sacchetti at the right post.

     

    “It came right on my skate,” DeBoer said, “and I kicked it up.”

     

    Bachman hardly flinched in his seventh career shutout.

     

    He got lucky when Patrick White hit the crossbar in the first, then dominated the second and third with glove saves on R.J. Anderson and Justin Bostrom. With 8:15 left, he received help from Tyler Johnson, whose stick on Ryan Flynn in the slot gave him time to cover an open left side of the net.

     

    “I got that with the toe of my right pad,” Bachman said of Flynn’s shot. “An inch to the right, an inch higher, it was in.”

     

    With CC minus bruising defenseman Jake Gannon and hard-hitting forward Scott McCulloch because of injuries, Kris Fredheim picked up the slack by “trying to get sticks in the passing lanes and trying to limit their chances. … When we come out and hit, they are a little surprised.”

     

    “We can play physical,” Nate Prosser added. “When we’re finishing hits and taking the body at the blue lines and corners, we’re a great team.”

     

    COLORADO COLLEGE 1, MINNESOTA 0

    Colorado College       1 0 0 – 1

    Minnesota      0 0 0 – 0

    First period – 1. CC, DeBoer 3 (Vlassopoulos), 15:02 (sh). Penalties – Guentzel, CC (slashing), 6:52. Guentzel, CC (hooking), 11:22. Hall, CC (elbowing), 14:39.

    Second period – None. Penalties – Fairchild, Minnesota (slashing), 4:52. Fischer, Minnesota (high sticking), 5:28. Stoa, Minnesota (high sticking), 12:02. Hoeffel, Minnesota (tripping), 13:29.

    Third period – None. Penalties – Sacchetti, Minnesota (interference), 2:53.

    Shots on goal – CC 5-8-10-23. Minnesota 9-5-7-21. Power-play Opportunities – CC 0 of 5. Minnesota 0 of 3. Goalies – CC, Bachman 9-5-7 (21 shots-21 saves). Minnesota, Kangas 4-8-10 (23 shots-22 saves). A – 9,910. T – 2:00. Referees – Todd Anderson, Brad Shepherd. Linesmen – Johnathan Morrison, Tony Czech.

  • CC-Minnesota pregame chatter

    Sun, December 14, 2008 by admin with no comments

    Three observations before No. 10 Colorado College concludes a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series Sunday against No. 2 Minnesota at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis:

     

    *Stephen Schultz again will skate with Chad Rau and Eric Walsky on the top line. The Tigers have scored 10 goals in the four games Rau, Walksy and Bill Sweatt have been separated.

     

    *Coach Scott Owens on the three-game winless streak: “We’re off a little bit. The thing that has kind of gone away from us – our penalty killing has been so good all year. But the last three or four games, it hasn’t.”

     

    *Sweatt on CC playing more physical: “I think we can get physical. I think we should get more physical and continue to hit. Especially teams like Minnesota that have this high-end skill. The best way to keep that skill down is to hit them and constantly be on them and not give them any kind of space. Then toward the third period, they’re looking over their shoulders.”

  • Minnesota 4, CC 1 (Final)

    Sat, December 13, 2008 by admin with no comments

    MINNEAPOLIS – Colorado College tried to play physical. It kept its reworked top line intact. It shuffled personnel on the power play.

    Then again, not much matters when you leave your goaltender out to dry.

    Richard Bachman again looked foolish Saturday because of ill-advised penalties that led to three power-play goals, as No. 10 CC lost to No. 2 Minnesota 4-1 before a capacity-plus crowd of 10,177 at Mariucci Arena.

    The Tigers (9-6-4, 6-5-2 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) had their winless streak extended to three games, dropped their fifth straight at Mariucci and fell to fifth in the WCHA, five points behind first-place Denver.

    Even without injured forwards Jay Barriball and Mike Carman, Minnesota (8-2-5, 7-1-3) got all it needed from a power play that’s third nationally at 23.6 percent.

    Mike Hoeffel scored in the first period after Gabe Guentzel was penalized for holding, and Cade Fairchild beat Bachman in the second following a hooking penalty on Guentzel. Nico Sacchetti marked his first career goal with 83 seconds left after Andreas Vlassopoulos was whistled for cross-checking.

    Jake Hansen scored the only even-strength goal against Bachman, in the first, 62 seconds after Hoeffel’s tally, and CC answered less than 7 minutes later when Bill Sweatt redirected a Guentzel shot past Alex Kangas.

    “You get a little frustrated,” said Bachman, who made 21 saves. “We’re trying to block shots. We’re a few inches away from almost everything.”

    A first line of Stephen Schultz, Chad Rau and Eric Walsky combined for nine of 26 shots and Kris Fredheim brought toughness CC lacked in a one-point series last weekend against Minnesota-Duluth, but the Tigers failed on five power-play chances.

    With Rau at the point, CC didn’t record a shot during a third-period 5-on-3 advantage that lasted 36 seconds. Rau shot high from the blue line, then Schultz fired wide from the left circle.

    “Get it to Rau as much as you can and look for Billy in the middle,” said coach Scott Owens, whose team went scoreless with the man advantage for the third time in five games. “We had decent pressure. Nothing is going in for us.”

    Guentzel disputed his penalties, calling them “pretty soft. You’re pushing on the guy, and the (referee) saw something I didn’t see.”

    Sweatt bemoaned another game in which his teammates didn’t support Bachman.

    “We’ve been doing that a lot lately – not playing for him,” Sweatt said. “We’ve got to turn it around. He deserves better.”

    Colorado College 1 0 0 1

    Minnesota 2 1 1 4

    First period – 1. Minnesota, Hoeffel 4 (Fairchild, Schroeder), 6:21 (pp). 2. Minnesota, Hansen 1 (White, Lucia), 7:23. 3. CC, Sweatt 8 (Guentzel, Rau), 13:59. Penalties – Guentzel, CC (holding), 4:39.

    Second – 4. Minnesota, Fairchild 3 (Schroeder, Stoa), 10:06 (pp). Penalties – Hansen, Minnesota (tripping), 1:58. Fairchild, Minnesota (interference), 4:28. Guentzel, CC (hooking), 8:48.

    Third – 5. Minnesota, Sacchetti 1 (Stoa, Hoeffel), 18:37 (pp). Penalties – Ness, Minnesota (tripping), 0:20. Anderson, Minnesota (high sticking), 9:10. Flynn, Minnesota (tripping), 10:34. Lowery, CC (interference), 13:14. Prosser, CC (unsportsmanlike conduct), 13:14. Hoeffel, Minnesota (unsportsmanlike conduct), 13:14. Vlassopoulos, CC (cross-checking), 18:01.

    Shots on goal – CC 8-11-7-26. Minnesota 12-3-10-25. Power-play Opportunities – CC 0 of 5. Minnesota 3 of 4. Goalies – CC, Bachman 10-2-9 (25 shots-21 saves). Minnesota, Kangas 7-11-7 (26 shots-25 saves). A – 10,177. T – 2:15. Referees – Todd Anderson, Brad Shepherd. Linesmen – Johnathan Morrison, Tony Czech.

  • CC-Minnesota pregame chatter

    Sat, December 13, 2008 by admin with no comments

    Three observations before No. 10 Colorado College opens a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series Saturday against No. 2 Minnesota at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis:

    *Expect Stephen Schultz to remain on the top line with Chad Rau and Eric Walsky after he registered two goals and an assist last Saturday against Minnesota-Duluth. That creates a second line of Bill Sweatt, Mike Testwuide and Andreas Vlassopoulos.

    *Watch for Rau to replace Brian Connelly at the point of the first power-play unit. He’ll be joined by Schultz, Sweatt, Walsky and Gabe Guentzel. The move should provide more chances for Rau and Schultz.

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    *Look for Tim Hall to return after he suffered an upper-body injury Dec. 5 against Duluth. Don’t look for Arthur Bidwill (mononucleosis), Jake Gannon (fractured finger) or Scott McCulloch (sprained left knee) because they didn’t make the trip. Gannon and McCulloch won’t play until a Jan. 9-10 home series against Minnesota State-Mankato, coach Scott Owens said.