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Second-period letdown sinks Tigers

Published: January 18, 2014, 7:44 pm, by Joe Paisley

collettGazetteIt continues to be a season characterized by Colorado College hockey playing well one game only to struggle the next.

And those bad games are often a case of one good period followed by a bad one, as it was Saturday when No. 7 Providence routed the Tigers with five goals in the second period en route to a 7-2 nonconference victory.

The five-goal spurt negated a strong first period when the Tigers battled back for a 1-1 tie through 20 minutes.

The loss came one night after CC (2-16-4) played one if its best games this year.

“You got a snapshot of our year all in one weekend,” Tigers coach Scott Owens said.

The Tigers had yet another letdown in intensity, starting off the second period seemingly a step behind the Friars (14-5-5), who took advantage by scoring twice in 99 seconds for a 3-1 lead.

A turnover by CC freshman defenseman Gustav Olofsson as he skated forward into the Tigers’ left faceoff circle led to a goal for Friars left winger Conor MacPhee with 17:31 left for the eventual game-winner.

Only 1:39 later, Shane Luke scored off a pass from Shane Demopoulos following a Cody Bradley turnover for a two-goal lead, drawing boos from the World Arena crowd.

“We have to raise our compete level,” senior assistant captain Jeff Collett said. “We lost too many puck battles.”

Providence put the nonconference game away when it scored power-play goals exactly one minute apart for a 5-1 margin during a five-minute man advantage following a boarding call on Tigers freshman defenseman Jaccob Slavin.

The final goal with 9:22 left in the second ended the night for Thorimbert (10 saves), who was relieved by junior Courtney Lockwood (seven saves).

“We had a little bit of jump in the first period but we hade three power plays and did not get a shot,” Owens said. “Then we made some turnovers and mistakes in the second and they got a bit of a roll.”

Colorado College got within 6-2 on a goal by rookie Alex Roos, who banged in a short-range shot with 4:04 left in the second. Providence scored early in the third to snuff out any hope of a CC rally.

CC senior Alexander Krushelnyski opened the Tigers scoring for the third game in a row, when he collected a pass from Roos and skated into the Providence zone. He cut across the faceoff circles and fired a backhander just inside the near post to tie the game at 1-1 with 8:43 remaining.

Collett deflected a Providence pass, sending the bouncing puck into the neutral zone where two Friars whiffed before Roos corralled it and quickly passed forward to Krushelnyski as he entered the Providence end.

Providence opened the scoring early when Brandon Tanev’s shot went in off a CC forward’s stick with 18:51 left in the opening frame.

No. 7 Providence 7, Colorado College 2

Providence       1          5          1          –7

Colorado College         1          1          0          –2

First period – 1. PC, Tanev (Army, Rooney) 1:09; 2. CC,  Krushelnyski (Roos, Collett) 11:17. Penalties –  PC, Brown, tripping, 2:04; PC, MacPhee, charging, 7:32; PC, Gilmour, cross-checking, 16:26.

Second period – 3. PC, MacPhee (unassisted) 2:29; 4. PC, Luke (Demopoulos) 4:08; 5. PC, Acciari (Tanev, McKenzie) 9:38 (PP); 6. PC, Gilmour (Shamanski, Mingoia) 10:38 (PP); 7. PC, Brown (Acciari, Parisi) 14:01; 8. CC, Roos (Rothstein, Krushelnyski) 15:56.

Penalties – CC, Slavin, five-minute boarding, 6:47; CC, Harstad, roughing, 17:09; CC, Maric, roughing, 17:09; PC, MacPhee, roughing, 17:09.

Third period – 9. PC, Saracino (Acciari, Hart) 2:11. Penalties – CC, Krusheklnyski, goalie interference, 10-minute game misconduct, 9:41; PC, Jankowski, cross-checking, 18:44.

Power play – PC 2-5, CC 0-6. Shots on goal – PC 7-11-6 – 24; CC 12-7-11 –30. Saves-minutes – PC, Gillies 11-6-11 – 60:00; CC, Thorimbert 6-4 – 30:24; Lockwood 2-5 –29:22. Referees – Patafie, Sullivan. Linesmen – Mousseaux, Mukai. Attendance – 7,276 (7,380 capacity).