Weekend review: CC accomplishes three things

Published: February 17, 2014, 5:08 pm, by Joe Paisley

CC celebration gold 2Here is how Colorado College did on the three things it was focused on headed into last weekend’s home series against Western Michigan..

1. Win the special teams battle

YES

The Tigers penalty kill was a perfect 7-for-7 and effectively disrupted the Western Michigan power play to the point that some of the man advantages were mostly spent in the neutral zone of Broncos end.

“Our penalty kill was good,” CC coach Scott Owens said.

CC also picked up a power-play goal in each game against what was No. 14 penalty kill (84.3 percent), a considerable improvement on the 1 for 29 streak the Tigers entered the weekend on.

2. End the five-minute major penalty trend

YES

One of the reasons the penalty kill was good is because they were able to avoid those 5-minute power plays. That trend ended, though freshman Matt Hansen will be out at least one game for a high-sticking penalty with contact to the head at the final buzzer leading to a game disqualification.

3. Produce another strong, consistent effort in both games

YES

There was a dip in intensity by the Tigers that helped WMU come back to tie Friday’s game before CC responded with the tying goal that led to an eventual shootout loss.

That means CC played well in 5.5 of six periods, good enough to earn a Yes, especially after a dominant team defensive effort led to Saturday’s convincing 3-0 win over a tired-looking WMU squad.

“We knew defense would be important because we knew we let them back into the game on Friday night,” junior Charlie Taft said.