Sophomore Hunter Fejes picked up where he left off after a strong finish to his rookie season by creating two shorthanded chances. His chance during the first period was contested and failed while he made a nice crossing pass to freshman Jared Hanson, whose shot clanged off the post during the second period.
The goalies looked good and made the big saves when needed.
CC senior Josh Thorimbert came up with a big left leg pad stop with 1:26 left in the first. He finished the period with nine saves, including two in rapid succession about 90 seconds in.
Freshman Tyler Marble performed well in the second period, especially during a power play in the final 1:15. He made three short-range saves, including one from three feet away. He finished with 12 saves. Junior Courtney Lockwood made nine saves, including a big one early in the third with the game still 1-0.
That is big for the offense, senior Alexander Krushelnyski said. The forwards will be more willign to be aggressive up ice knowing they have a defense that can make a big stop as needed.
“We picked up right where we left off last year with good goaltending, good defense and good offense,” he said. “All the freshmen were impressive.”
The team defense did look pretty good although there were times when the Tigers struggled to clear the zone with a couple dangerous passes cross ice that led to turnovers in the CC zone last season.
“They’re a good team,” Tigers coach Scott Owens said of the Reds, who claimed the Canadian national championship last season. “We may have worn them down on the big sheet. I’m most happy with giving up zero goals,”
Here are some results and links from Saturday’s games.
NCHC exhibition roundup
No. 18 Western Michigan 5, Western Ontario 2
KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Junior forward Will Kessel scored two goals to lead the No. 18 Western Michigan Broncos to a 5-2 victory over Western Ontario Saturday night in season-opening exhibition action at Lawson Arena. WMU jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first frame on goals by freshman forward Kyle Novak and Kessel.
Western Michigan junior goaltender Frank Slubowski made nine saves in two periods of work before sophomore netminder Lukas Hafner replaced him in the final frame and made 11.
The Broncos open the regular season next weekend with a home-and-home series against No. 7/8 Notre Dame playing at UND Friday and at home Saturday.
No. 2 Miami 8, Windsor 2
OXFORD, Ohio – Sophomore forward Riley Barber totaled three points, including two goals, and freshman forward Justin Greenberg added two tallies of his own to pace the No. 2 Miami RedHawks to an 8-2 thumping of Windsor (Canada) Saturday night in a season-opening exhibition at Steve Cady Arena. Miami scored the first five goals of the game before the Lancers struck twice in the third period, only to have the RedHawks answer with three more goals.
The RedHawks’ sophomore goaltending tandem of Jay Williams and Ryan McKay combined to make 18 saves as Williams stopped 10 shots over the first 30 minutes before giving way to McKay, who compiled eight saves over the final 30 minutes of play.
Miami opens the regular season next weekend with a home-and-home series against Ohio State, playing in Columbus on Friday and in Oxford on Saturday.
Ferris State 7, Colgate 4
HAMILTON, N.Y. – Ferris State University opened the 2013-14 men’s ice hockey campaign off in victorious fashion as the Bulldogs recorded a 7-4 road win over Colgate on Saturday (Oct. 5) evening in the series opener at Starr Rink in Hamilton, N.Y.
Ferris State (1-0) fought back from a 2-0 deficit and scored the final three goals of the night en route to the win. The seven goals were the Bulldogs’ most since an early 7-3 home win over Mercyhurst in week two last October. The series concludes Sunday.
Clarkson 2, No. 20 Niagara 1
NIAGARA, NY–The Golden Knights knocked off the 20th-ranked Niagara, 2-1 at Dwyer Arena on Saturday night.
Clarkson, which won its season-opener for the first time since 2008, will face off against Niagara (0-1) on Sunday afternoon to complete the non-league weekend series. CC travels to Clarkson for games Oct. 25-26.
The Knights out shot Niagara 41-20 while snapping the Purple Eagles’ 22-game home unbeaten streak (20-0-2) . The Green and Gold tallied the final two goals. Last season, Clarkson won just three of 17 one-goal games.