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  • New Hampshire pulls away; notes; box score

    Sat, November 30, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments


    Yet again, Colorado College hockey had a chance to end its winless streak thanks a strong goaltending performance by senior Josh Thorimbert.

    Instead, the Tigers fell short in the third period, falling 3-0 to visiting New Hampshire Saturday night after the Wildcats tallied two insurance goals in the final minutes..

    “Josh gave us a chance to win the game,” Tigers coach Scott Owens said. “Tonight was more frustrating than anything because I felt we had a chance to win a 2-1 game or get a low-scoring tie.”

    Instead, the opening goal proved to be the game winner against a Tigers team (1-10-2) looking for answers on offense and hungry for a breakthrough. Regardless, Wildcats coach Dick Umile was impressed by how the Tigers played.

    “They did a good job getting the puck into the zone and pitting pressure on us,” he said.

    New Hampshire senior Nick Sorkin made it three goals in two games when he knocked in a power-play rebound off a hard shot by linemate Kevin Goumas  to open the scoring with 7:32 left in the second period.

    “That line had a very good weekend,” Umile said.

    The Tigers drew two penalties early in the third period but could not capitalize against the 20th-ranked Wildcats (9-7-1). New Hampshire survived a good flurry generated by the line of Jordan DiGiando, Christian Heil and Matt Hansen late in the third period before salting away the win.

    “The effort was there but we couldn’t finish,” Owens said. “We need to stay together and keep working so we can be a better team in the second half (of the season).”

    Goumas rang an insurance goal in off the crossbar, ripping a hard shot past Thorimbert’s glove attempt with 2:34 remaining for a 2-0 lead.

    The score sucked the life out of the World Arena crowd and the announced 5,642 fans. Goumas added an empty-netter with 40.1 seconds remaining.

    “That second goal by him was a relief,” Umile said. “It’s very difficult to get a road sweep.”

    During the opening period, the Tigers out shot the Wildcats 12-9 but CC fired away from long range in hopes of getting to the rebounds off UNH goalie Casey DeSmith (32 saves).

    “We were looking to generate shots and hoping we would get rebounds,” Owens said. “But he (junior goalie Casey DeSmith) did a good job smothering the puck.”

    It almost worked when freshman right wing Matt Hansen shot from just inside the left faceoff circle, sending the puck off the opposite post with 1:32 left.

    Thorimbert made 32 saves, including two big ones in five seconds late in the first period to set the tone.

    The Tigers started slowly before junior Ian Young got the first CC shot on goal with 12:26 remaining in the first period.


    Power play stumbles in third

    Thanks to three power-play goals in the past three contests (3 for 8), the Colorado College power play production had more than doubled, going from 4.9 percent and last out of 59 Division I teams two weekends ago, to 55th at 10.2 percent entering Saturday’s game.

    Unfortunately for the CC fans, that trend did not continue. The Tigers went 0 for 4 in the nonconference series finale on Saturday.

    The three goals were a long-awaited payoff for improving play over the previous month with better puck movement from both power-play units. The second group capitalized on a good pass from junior defenseman Ian Young to senior Archie Skalbeck in the Tigers’ only man advantage on Friday.

    “Our first power-play unit had good puck movement too,” Tigers coach Scott Owens said after Friday’s 6-2 home loss. “I was hoping we would get some more chances since New Hampshire has five games in eight days.”

    The CC penalty kill continued to perform well, going 43 for 51 through two periods Saturday, including a power-play goal with 7:32 left in the middle frame. Denver, which was idle this weekend, leads Division I at 91.4 percent (64 of 70).

    Annual Teddy Bear Toss next Saturday

    CC fans are asked to bring a stuffed animal to next Saturday’s home game to be thrown onto the ice for the annual Teddy Bear Toss during first intermission.

    The toys will go to the Bob Telmosse Foundation for its 31st annual Christmas Giveaway from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 21 at The Freedom Financial Expo Center, 3650 N. Nevada Ave. in Colorado Springs. For more information, go to santa-bob.org.

    Ice chips

    CC sophomore Cody Bradley suffered an upper-body injury recently and was unavailable this weekend.  He will be re-evaluated next week. … Freshman Luc Gerdes played in his first college game Saturday night. All but injured rookie goalie Tyler Marble (season-ending shoulder surgery) have played. … CC has recorded 31 shots or more over the past eight outings. … Next week’s home foe, National Collegiate Hockey Conference leader and No. 17 Nebraska-Omaha (8-6, 5-1) was idle Thanksgiving weekend. … All eight NCHC teams will play in league series next weekend. … The monthly Scott Owens radio show is 6 p.m. Tuesday at Tony’s Bar on Tejon Street. It can be heard on 105.5 FM and 1240 AM KRDO.


    No. 20 New Hampshire 3, Colorado College 0

    New Hampshire           0          1          2          — 3

    Colorado College         0          0          0          — 0

    First period – None. Penalties – CC, Harstad, hooking, 3:21; UNH, Knodel, boarding, 5:56; UNH, Correale, hooking, 10:51.

    Second period – 1. UNH, Sorkin (Goumas, Agosta) 12:28 (PP). Penalties – CC, Krushelnyski, hooking, 7:51; CC, Harstad, hooking, 11:51; CC, Collett, interference, 16:48.

    Third period – 2. UNH, Goumas (Sorkin, van Riemsdyk) 17:26; 3. UNH, Goumas (Sorkin) 19:19 (EN). Penalties – UNH, Gaudreault, hooking, 3:23; UNH, bench, too many men, 6:18.

    Power play – UNH 1-4, CC 0-4. Shots on goals – UNH 9-16-10 – 35; CC 12-12-8 – 32. Saves-minutes – UNH, DeSmith 12-12-8 – 60:00; CC, Thorimbert 9-15-8 – 59:36. Referees – Patafie, Thul. Linesmen – Mousseau, Pedigo. Attendance – 5,642 (7,380 capacity).

  • Tigers shuffle lines for Saturday’s game

    Sat, November 30, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    ProwlerCC freshman Luc Gerdes will play in his first college game at right wing with junior center Jordan DiGiando and left wing Christian Heil.


    No. 20 New Hampshire (8-7-1)







    Knodel-van Riemsdyk



    Goalies – DeSmith, Wyer, Regan

    Colorado College (1-9-2)










    Goalies – Thorimbert, Lockwood

  • Saturday reading: CC injury update; McMillin cut; Walsky returns; NCHC recap

    Sat, November 30, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    McMillin Coventry

    CC sophomore center Cody Bradley will not play this weekend after suffering an upper-body injury earlier this week.

    Former Tiger Brian McMillin was released by the Coventry Blaze of Great Britain’s Elite Ice Hockey League after he recorded eight points (seven assists) in 24 games.

    Eric Walsky returned from injury for the Lugano club in the Swiss national league. He has three points (two goal;s) in 15 games after playing only 17 games last season due to injury.

    Friday’s NCHC  recap

    Western Michigan 1, Northeastern 1 (NU wins shootout 1-0)

    Western Michigan senior forward Shane Berschbach scored in the third period to force overtime against Northeastern as the Broncos and Huskies played to a 1-1 tie Friday afternoon at the Shillelagh Tournament, hosted by Notre Dame at its Compton Family Ice Arena. Northeastern (8-5-1, 3-4-0 HEA) advanced to the championship game of the tournament, however, winning the shootout, 1-0, over WMU (5-5-3, 2-2-0-0 NCHC).

    WMU junior goaltender Frank Slubowski finished with 32 saves in the draw while Clay Witt made 30 stops for Northeastern, plus the shootout saves. NU finished with a slight, 33-31 edge in shots, including 3-1 in the overtime. The Broncos face Alabama-Huntsville in Saturday’s third-place game of the Shillelagh Tournament at 4:05 p.m. ET at Compton Family Ice Arena, while Northeastern plays host Notre Dame for the title.

    No. 12 Miami 4, Bemidji State 4 OT

    BEMIDJI, Minn. – Junior forward Blake Coleman and sophomore forward Alex Gacek scored two goals each for Miami but Bemidji State rallied with three third-period goals to force a 4-4 overtime tie Friday night at the Sanford Center. The RedHawks (7-6-2, 2-4-0-0 NCHC) are now winless in their last four games after giving up a 4-1 lead to the Beavers (5-7-3, 5-4-1 WCHA).

    BSU pulled its goalie for the extra attacker in the closing minute and Sam Rendle deflected a shot in to tie the game at 4-4 with 43 seconds left in regulation. BSU outshot Miami, 16-6, in the third period. Sophomore goaltender Ryan McKay compiled 32 saves for MU while Andrew Walsh stopped 34 shots for the Beavers. 

    St. Lawrence 5, North Dakota 2

    GRAND FORKS, N.D. – St. Lawrence scored three power play goals and SLU’s Greg Carey had a hand in each of the Saints first four goals Friday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena in UND’s annual Subway Holiday Classic.

    North Dakota (4-7-2, 3-5-0-0 NCHC) is now riding a four-game winless streak after suffering just its second loss in 13 all-time meetings with St. Lawrence (8-5-2, 2-2-2 ECAC).

     Also, the Yale women’s hockey team is holding a “Whiteout for Mandi” Schwartz game and benefit on Jan. 24 against Brown.

    No. 1 Minnesota added five signees last week.

  • No. 20 New Hampshire blows past Tigers

    Fri, November 29, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    CC_Puck_2012It has been an all too-familiar scenario for Colorado College hockey through the first 12 games of the season.

    The Tigers had a chance or two to take control of a game, only to falter and then see their opponent step forward and prevail. On Friday, No. 20 New Hampshire seized control with three goals in 100 seconds en route to a 6-2 nonconference win.

    “We had a couple chances early in the third period and we didn’t get it done,” Tigers coach Scott Owens said. “It has happened in four or five games now.”

    The three goals in 100 seconds ended CC senior goalie Josh Thorimbert’s night at 23 saves.

    “Defensively, we had guys standing around waiting for someone else to make the play,” Owens said.

    Wildcats senior Dalton Speelman scored the go-ahead goal on a one-timer past Thorimbert after junior Grayson Downing made a backhanded pass from behind the CC net into the slot.  That made it 3-2 with 12:55 left.

    New Hampshire pulled away for a 5-2 lead with 11:15 remaining on goals by Nick Sorkin, his second of the game, and by Jeff Silengo on the next two shots. 

    Speelman scored with 10:14 left against junior goalie Courtney Lockwood for a four-goal command.

    “They have a lot of depth at forward and they put a lot of pressure on our defenders and forced turnovers,” Owens said.

    Colorado College (1-9-2), mired in an 11-game winless streak, scored two goals in 91 seconds to take the lead for about 10 minutes in the second period.

    CC’s power play, dismal earlier this season, continued to improve and produce. The Tigers tied the game at 1-1 when senior Archie Skalbeck got behind the Wildcat defense and collected a good pass from defenseman Ian Young for a breakaway. The senior beat New Hampshire goalie Casey DeSmith high to tie to game at 1-1 with 13:31 left in the second period.

    That score invigorated the Tigers and CC continued to crash the net. Freshman Sam Rothstein lifted in a rebound as he entered the crease and flew over DeSmith to make it 2-1 with 12 minutes remaining before an announced crowd of 5,961 at World Arena. It was his first goal as a Tiger.

    Skalbeck’s power-play goal was CC’s third in as many games. Those are both small positive the Tigers need to build on in Saturday’s rematch, Owens said.

    “It was good to see Archie score because he works hard,” Owens said. “Rothstein got a good second-effort goal. They were both get-out-of-your-seat goals.”

    New Hampshire came back to tie the game at 2-2 when a shot by defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk was blocked by CC defenseman Jaccob Slavin and the puck bounced out to center Kyle Smith who fired a low shot past Thorimbert with 2:05 left in the second.

    “That hurts us but we still had a chance in the third period at home,” Owens said. “It is disappointing that we couldn’t take advantage of that.”

    New Hampshire took a 1-0 lead with 14:07 left in the first period when Sorkin scored during a 3-on-2 breakaway. UNH kept up good pressure in the CC zone, forcing some turnovers.

    One forced a huge save by Thorimbert, who knocked away a shot by Sorkin after he stole the puck about five feet away from the CC crease with 9:57 left.


    Freshman leading Tigers in early going

    The early reviews of the Colorado College freshmen suggested the nine rookies could contribute in a big way this season.

    No one expected quite this much.

    Through Friday’s game, the Tigers freshmen have recorded eight of CC’s 17 goals and 18 of 43 points. That includes Sam Rothstein’s first goal as a Tiger that gave CC a shortlived 2-1 lead in the second.

    That kind of production is indicative of the maturity and focus noted in the rookies starting with the first days of offseason workouts and practice.

    “Those are two good words to describe us,” said rookie defenseman Gustav Olofsson (three points, two goals). “All nine of us came in here knowing we were fighting for a spot. It’s given us all a little extra spark.”

    The early contributions, including Alex Roos’ team-high three goals, are a real bonus since it usually takes freshmen half a season to adapt to the higher level played in college hockey.

    It hasn’t gone unnoticed.
    “The entire freshman class has been impressive,”  Owens said. “It bodes well for the future.”

    The production is especially heartening when you consider only seven have played so far with goalie Tyler Marble out for the season and forward Luc Gerdes yet to appear.

    Ice chips

    A new online store for Tigers gear and apparel is now available at shop.cctigers.com. …. Last weekend’s two power-play goals doubled the season output for the Tigers and moved them up to 58th out of 59 Division I teams. … Freshman defenseman Jaccob Slavin returned to action Friday after missing five games with a lower-body injury. It is only the third game that Slavin and Olofsson have played in the same contest this season. … New Hampshire freshman defenseman Matias Cleland is from Longmont.


    No. 20 New Hampshire 6, Colorado College 2

    New Hampshire           1          1          4          — 6

    Colorado College         0          2          0          — 2     

    First period – 1. UNH, Sorkin (Goumas, Willows) 5:53. Penalties — CC, Taft, tripping, 19:14.

    Second period – 2. CC, Skalbeck (Young) 6:29 (PP); 3. CC, Rothstein (Harstad, Krushelnyski) 8:00; 4. UNH, Smith (van Riemsdyk) 17:55. Penalties – UNH, Sorkin, tripping, 5:22.

    Third period – 5. UNH , Downing (Speelman, Correale) 7:05; 6. UNH, Sorkin (van Riemsdyk, Knodel) 7:48; 7. UNH, Silengo (Thursh, Cleland) 8:45; 8. UNH, Speelman (Quast, Downing) 9:46. Penalties – CC, bench, too many men, 2:40; CC, Stoykewych, holding, 14:13.

    Power play – UNH 0-3, CC 1-1. Shots on goal – UNH 8-12-14 – 34; CC 11-14-8 – 33. Saves minutes – UNH, DeSmith 11-12-8 – 60:00; CC, Thorimbert 7-11-5 – 48:45; Lockwood 5 – 11:15. Referees – Patafie, Thul. Linesmen – Mousseau, Pedigo. Attendance – 5,961 (7,380 capacity).

  • No. 20 New Hampshire at CC lines

    Fri, November 29, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Roos celebrationNo. 20 New Hampshire (7-7-1)







    Knodel-van Riemsdyk



    Goalies – DeSmith, Wyer, Regan

    Colorado College (1-8-2)










    Goalies – Thorimbert, Lockwood

  • Linkorama: Big 10, NCHC, WCHA previews

    Fri, November 29, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    CC bradley new home unisThe Big 10 begins league play this weekend with No. 12 Wisconsin at No. 1 Minnesota as the marquee match-up. Here is a preview by the UW beat writer and by the UM reporter.

    The two former WCHA foes are familiar opponents but a number of other unfamiliar locations await the Badgers. Here is a look at that league’s marketing efforts.

    Here are 3 things for CC fans to watch this weekend against No. 20 New Hampshire and a preview focusing on the series.

    North Dakota hopes to build off last Saturday’s 3-3 road tie against Boston University when it hosts St. Lawrence this weekend. They may have their hands full with St. Lawrence senior Greg Carey, who leads Division I with 24 points in 14 games. He has led ECAC St. Lawrence in scoring in all four years of his college career.

    Here is Puckato’s Friday morning skate focusing on this weekend’s WCHA games and the NCHC’s general preview which includes links to Western Michigan at the Notre Dame Shillelagh tournament and No. 12/13 Miami at Bemidji State.

    Denver, Minnesota-Duluth, Nebraska-Omaha, and St. Cloud State are idle this weekend. Here are picks and predictions on the NCHC games.

  • Friday reading: Future Boston College, New Hampshire scheduling; Tigers injury update

    Fri, November 29, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    cc bannersThis weekend is the first of a four-year scheduling agreement involving Boston College, Colorado College, and New Hampshire. The Tigers will travel to New England next season for single games against BC and UNH.

    Boston College will come to Colorado Springs to take on CC during both the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.

    CC freshman defenseman Jaccob Slavin practiced with a no-contact injury jersey this week and is close to being ready to return to action. He will be a game-time decision this weekend. Rookie forward Matt Hansen is available.

  • Turkey day reading: Omaha turnaround; Gustav Olofsson video; Wisconsin news

    Thu, November 28, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Hockey Thanksgiving Holiday Turkey Cartoon Vector IllustrationHappy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

    No. 15 Nebraska-Omaha is College Hockey News’ Team of the Week. One big reason for the Mavs turnaround after a dismal October? Goalie Ryan Massa, who will start next Friday at Colorado College.

    CC freshman Gustav Olofsson had one of the top five goals in the NCAA and NCHC against Air Force. Here is the NCHC video and the NCAA compilation.

    Wisconsin signed six well-regarded recruits.

    The Badgers travel to No. 1 Minnesota to open Big Ten play this weekend. Here is a transcript of coach Mike Eaves weekly press conference.

  • Wednesday reading: Luc Gerdes video; New Hampshire loses; Cornell goalie scores

    Wed, November 27, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Gerdes2013-14CC freshman Luc Gerdes is profiled by CC’s communications department in this video. He has yet to play this season, though he may this weekend.

    Harvard 6, No. 20 New Hampshire 3

    DURHAM, N.H. — Kyle Crisculo recorded two goals and an assist, including the game-winning score midway through the third period to snap a 3-3 tie for the Crimson (4-5-1).

    Also Tuesday, Cornell freshman goalie Mitch Gilliam scored an empty-net goal in a 4-2 home win over Niagara Tuesday night. It was also his NCAA debut. Here is the video.

    The Kings’ Jonathan Quick was credited for one during his years at UMass-Amherst (2005-2007).

    Here are the NCHC players of the week honorees. None of the Tigers made the honor roll.

    Miami heads to Bemidji State this weekend. Here are the preview notes.

  • CC ticket special aids Care & Share Food Bank

    Tue, November 26, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    CC Rylan Schwartz actionFor each non-perishable item donated at the World Arena box office, fans may purchase one $7.50 ticket to the No. 20 New Hampshire at Colorado College home games.

    All donations go to Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado.

    The box office is open each day this week except Thanksgiving Day and game nights as well.