Colorado College slammed the door moments into the third period and managed to keep it shut against the Western Collegiate Hockey Association leaders.
Tigers sophomore Charlie Taft scored 33 seconds into the period and scored the eventual game-winner with 5:52 remaining as CC knocked off No. 7 St. Cloud State 4-3 Saturday night to pick up two valuable league points and extend its unbeaten streak to six games (3-0-3).
“The (Rylan) Schwartz line had not played that well but they stepped up right away in the third period and then they took it over,” said Tigers coach Scott Owens.
Schwartz centers the No. 1line with Taft and left wing Alexander Krushelnyski and all three factored into the three goals that pushed the Tigers (12-14-5, 9-10-4 WCHA) ahead 4-2 late in the final period.
Taft scored the eventual game-winner when he beat sophomore netminder Ryan Faragher high glove side off a cross-ice pass from Krushelnyski with 5:52 left in the third for a two-goal lead.
It was Taft’s second of the period and fifth this season after he scored 33 seconds into the third to tie the game at 2-2 off a pass from Schwartz to delight the 6,672 fans at World Arena.
“It’s pretty easy when you have guys like Schwartz and Krush setting you up,” said Taft, who had his first multi-goal college game. “It is a huge win for us.”