CC took advantage of gaps in the USA U-18 defense to pull away for an 8-4 exhibition win before a crowd of 4,692 at World Arena.
The Tigers took control on goals by Charlie Taft and then Scott Wamsganz to make it 4-1 in the second period. Wamsganz’s score came off a nice centering pass from freshman Matt Hansen, who put together a solid game.
“That line with Wamsganz, (Jordan) DiGiando and Hansen had good chemistry tonight,” Tigers coach Scott Owens. “All the freshmen had their moments. Roos has a good stick, Rothstein is real smart with the puck and Hansen played well in the wing with his speed. That’s the reason we played them in both games.
“Christian Heil was our extra forward and used his big body well. And the two freshmen defenseman (Gustav Olofsson and Jaccob Slavin) played like veterans.”
After USA rallied to make it 4-2 with 10:55 left, CC responded with a goal by Aaron Harstad and two from Bradley for a 7-2 command.
His first came after he collected a rebound in front. His next came from between the circles off a centering pass from Alexander Krushelnyski for a 7-2 command with 3:18 left.
“I hadn’t played since the North Dakota (Final Five) game and it was good to be back,” Bradley said. “I thought I was shaky at times but then I had some good moments.”
The USA U-18 squad showed off its considerable skill all game long, creating opportunities with excellent stick-handling and smooth skating, which was especially evident on the power play when Brandon Fortunato, a Harvard commit, found Shane Gerisch, a North Dakota commit, for an easy tap-in with 12:38 left in the opening period to make it 1-1.
Those defensive breakdowns show that the Tigers have plenty of work ahead.
“We made some mistakes but that will happen in October,” Owens said. “We need to get better because next weekend it’s the real deal with (Minnesota-)Duluth coming to town.”
USA defenseman Ryan Collins, a Minnesota commit, is the nephew of former Tiger James Warner (1974-78). … Saturday’s contest was No. 350 all-time at World Arena, where CC is 233-99-18, including 19-2-1 in exhibition games.
Colorado College 8, USA U-18 4
USA U-18 1 1 2 — 4
Colorado College 2 5 1 –8
First period – 1. CC, Fejes (Skalbeck, Roos) 3:58; 2. USA, Gersich (Fortunato, Milano) 7:22 (PP); 3. CC, Young (Slavin, Rothstein) 12:50. Penalties – CC, Hanson, elbowing, 5:50; USA Bjork, tripping, 13:30.
Second period – 4. CC, Taft (Bradley, Krushelnyski) 1:40; 5. CC, Wamsganz (Hansen) 7:09; 6. USA, Tuch (unassisted) 9:05; 7. CC, Harstad (DiGiando) 10:22; 8. CC, Bradley (Slavin, Taft) 12:40; 9. CC, Bradley (Kruhelnyski, Olofsson) 16:42. Penalties – CC, Young, cross-checking, 2:07; USA, Belpedio, boarding, 4:20.
Third period – 10, USA, Wagner (Tuch, Fiegl) 8:53; 11, USA, Larkin (Hitchcock, Bliss) 13:12, 12, CC, Roos (Olofsson) 16:47. Penalties – CC, Maric, roughing, 17:52; CC, Hanson, slashing, 17:52; USA, Dougherty, roughing, 17:52; USA, Larkin, unsportsmanlike conduct, embellishment, 17:52.
Power play – USA U-18 1-2; CC 0-3. Shots on goal – USA U-18 10-7-11 – 28; CC 13-11-7 – 31. Saves-minutes – USA U-18, Minney 11-6-6 – 60:00; CC, Marble 9-2-25:30; Lockwood 4-14:30; Thorimbert 9-20:00. Referees – Lacina, Mousseaux. Linesmen – Shaw, Stankevich. Shootout – USA 2 (Milano, Hitchcock), CC 0. Attendance – 4,692 (7,380 capacity).