CC defenseman Aaron Harstad continued to lead a gritty defensive effort by the Tigers this season with his team-high 54th shot block on Saturday.
The junior from Stevens Point, Wis. entered the finale of the two-game nonconference series against the Friars with 53 blocks, including 34 (2.83) in National Collegiate Hockey Conference play, tops in the league.
Senior captain Eamonn McDermott has 43 blocks overall followed by 36 for Peter Stoykewych, including four Saturday, and 32 for Jaccob Slavin. The top Tigers forward is senior center Jeff Collett with 23.
Krushelnyski on a tear
Tigers senior wing Alexander Krushelnyski, the top returning scorer (43 points) from last season, is finding his way onto the scoresheet with more regularity since the holiday break.
The assistant captain has recorded four multi-point games in five contests since Jan. 1 and has a team-high 16 points (nine assists), including CC’s opening goal, through two periods on Saturday.
He recorded his eighth career shorthanded goal on Friday, one shy of the team record (nine) shared by Jody Jaraczewski (1990-94) and Brian Swanson (1995-99).
“Krushelnyski is playing well right now,” Tigers coach Scott Owens said before the game.
Pregame fun for some Tigers
About 800 children and their parents attended the annual youth demonstration clinic before Saturday’s game.
Student assistant Dakota Eveland led the 30-minute session which included goalie Derek Shatzer; defensemen Russell Finch and Ian Young; and forwards Zach Aman, Hunter Fejes, Luc Gerdes, and Christian Heil.
CC senior goalie Josh Thorimbert’s 18 saves in the first period Friday, including nine on one power play, was a season high. … Colorado College played both college hockey teams based in Providence, R.I. this season while the Friars have played both located in Colorado Springs.. … Sophomore Peter Maric returned to action after missing some time due to injury. … Cody Bradley was awarded an assist on CC’s second goal on Friday following postgame video review.