A five-minute checking from behind call on Hunter Fejes negated what most of the 5,480 in attendance thought was a goal by CC’s Sam Rothstein early in the third period.
The boos rained down after Rothstein collected the puck in the Tigers zone and skated up the middle into the Miami end. After a few dekes around the RedHawks, the rookie fired the puck past Miami sophomore goalie Ryan McKay for what would have been a 4-0 lead with 16:30 left.
But the major penalty call was made by a linesman who, under NCAA rules, cannot blow the whistle to stop play. He had to wait until the play stopped, which it did 59 seconds after the infraction when Rothstein shot the puck past McKay.
The referees used video review to establish the correct time for the power play to begin, 17:29 remaining.
Wear black Saturday night
Colorado College hockey fans are encouraged to wear black to Saturday’s game against Miami as part of Black Out Night.
The Tigers will wear their new road black jerseys in the game, CC coach Scott Owens said.
Miami brings rich history into new rivalry
For such a storied college hockey program, it is surprising that these are Miami’s first games in Colorado Springs. Friday was only the third all-time against Colorado College. The teams last played on Dec. 30, 2004 when CC rallied for a 4-3 victory for a 2-0 all-time series lead.
Miami coach Enrico Blasi is in his 15th season as the chief architect of the 35-year-old program’s sustained recent success. The program’s all-time winningest coach (320-206-56 entering this weekend) has led the RedHawks – the Redskins, when he graduated in 1994 while playing for former coach George Gwozdecky – to nine NCAA Tournament and two Frozen Four berths including a heartbreaking 4-3 overtime loss in the 2009 title game against Boston University. Andy Miele was the program’s first Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner in 2011.
“They have been on a really good roll for the past 15-20 years,” Owens said. “They are a real good fit in the NCHC.”
Miami (enrollment 17,557), one of the original six founders of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, is located in Oxford, Ohio, 40 miles north of Cincinnati. The city was founded one year after the public university and has a median age of 21.4 years with 64 percent between the ages of 18 and 24. The school’s athletic department changed its nickname in 1997.
The RedHawks play in Steve Cady Arena (3,642 capacity, 2006 opening), where CC will play for the first time next season.
“I am looking forward to developing a good rivalry with Miami,” Owens said.