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  • CC stuns North Dakota in OT; stats, notes

    Sat, March 15, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    CC uniforms, Herb Brooks 047GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Colorado College goalie Josh Thorimbert has kept the Tigers in most every game all season long.

    He will have one more chance to do so again on Sunday.

    The senior made 44 saves Saturday and freshman wing Alex Roos backhanded in a rebound seven minutes into overtime to lift the Tigers to a 3-2 playoff win over No. 10 North Dakota before a stunned crowd of 10,738 fans at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

    “We battled like we have all season long,” Thorimbert said. “There is no quit in this team.”

    Game 3 of the now tied best-of-three National Collegiate Hockey Conference quarterfinal series is 6:08 p.m. Sunday. A win then would send the No. 7 seed Tigers on to the NCHC Frozen Faceoff semifinals where they would not even be the low seed.

    Saturday continued a weekend of upsets. Last-place Miami knocked off regular-season champion St. Cloud State 4-3 to sweep its series while No. 5 seed Western Michigan eliminated host Minnesota-Duluth by the same margin. Sixth-seeded Denver beat host Nebraska-Omaha 2-0 in Game 3 to send three of the bottom four seeds on.

    CCUND pic“Josh competed and battled and sent a message with those two early (glove) saves that he was on tonight.” Owens said. “We have a good defensive corps and they held up pretty well against their dangerous forwards. We played like a team that wanted to keep this season going despite our record. I am proud of them.”

    The Tigers did a better job clearing the puck out of their zone and keeping it away from the middle where UND’s forwards wreaked havoc in Game 1.

    They still weathered a storm of shots when UND out shot CC 20-9 in the second period, including 12-4 over the final 10 minutes. Thorimbert made save after save.

    “I felt good,” he said. “When I have my glove going, I feel like I am clicking.”

    UND’s barrage eventually broke through. North Dakota (21-12-3) tied the game when sophomore defenseman Jordan Schmaltz scored on a 3-on-2 rush with 3:56 remaining to force overtime.

    A shot by CC junior defenseman Peter Stoykewych bounced twice before getting past UND sophomore goalie Zane Gothberg (26 saves) to stake the Tigers to a 1-0 lead with 3:17 left in the opening period. CC junior Scott Wamsganz had a huge night, scoring early in the second period for a 2-0 Tigers lead and passing to Sam Rothstein for the initial shot in overtime that Roos knocked in to end it.

    “Not too many people expected us to give them much of a fight but in our (locker) room we were confident we could beat them,” Roos said. “We’ll see if we can make it to Minneapolis.”

    STATS

    Colorado College 3, No. 10 North Dakota 2 OT

    Colorado College         1          1          0          1          –3

    North Dakota               0          1          1          0          –2

    First period – 1. CC, Stoykewych (unassisted) 16:43. Penalties –  CC, Olofsson, checking from behind, 18:48.

    Second period – 2. CC, Wamsganz (Stoykewych) 1:17; 3. UND, Caggiula (Mattson) 3:45. Penalties – UND, Rodwell, four-minute roughing, 9:52; CC, Fejes, roughing, 9:52; CC, Heil, roughing, 9:52.

    Third period – 4. UND, Schmaltz (Caggiula, Ma. MacMillan) 16:04. Penalties – none.

    Overtime – 5. CC, Roos (Rothstein, Wamsganz) 7:00. Penalties – none.

    Power play – CC 0-0, UND 0-1. Shots on goal – CC 5-9-10-5 –29; UND 5-20-13-8 –46. Saves-minutes – CC, Thorimbert 5-19-12-8 –67:00; UND, Gothberg 4-8-10-4 — 67:00. Referees – Sterns, Walsh. Linesmen – Eslinger, Schmitt. Attendance – 10,738 (11,634 capacity).

    CC picks up two forward commits

    Two forwards committed to play at Colorado College earlier this week with one likely to join the team this fall.

    Meridian, Idaho, native Jordan Berger, 17, is scheduled to bring his considerable speed and quickness to Colorado Springs in 2014. The 5-foot-10 forward has four goals in nine games with the Notre Dame Hounds of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League after 116 games in that program. He recorded 42 points (38 games) for the Triple-A midget squad this season.

    Previous CC players from that program include Kris Fredheim, Curtis McElhinney and the Schwartz brothers (Jaden and Rylan). The left-shooting center would be the second Idaho player to join the Tigers. The first was defenseman Cody Lampl of Ketchum.

    The other commit is Mason Bergh, 19, who has enjoyed a strong second half of his debut season for the junior U.S. Hockey League’s Chicago Steel (21, 12 assists, 48 games).

    The Eden Prairie, Minn., native is scheduled to join the Tigers in 2015, allowing him another year to fill out his 6-foot, 165-pound frame.

    “When I arrived on campus, I had the immediate feeling that this was the right place for me,” he said. “To get a good education is very important and CC will provide that for me.”

    Coaches cannot comment on players until they sign their NCAA letters of intent. The next signing period is April 16-Aug. 1.

    Ice chips

    Entering Saturday’s game, the CC rookie have accounted for 41 percent (27) of the team’s 68 goals and almost 40 percent of the Tigers’ 183 points.  Freshman Jaccob Slavin, who is a league finalist for Offensive Defenseman of the Year, moved into a tie for the team points lead (23) with senior wing Alexander Krushelnyski. … Seven of UND sophomore Drake Caggiula’s 19 career goals have come in nine games against CC. … The NCHC’s postseason championship trophy does not have a name yet. The trophy may be named at a later date.

  • SCSU win sends Tigers on to North Dakota; notes and stats

    Sat, March 8, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Skalbeck celebrationBy the third period, the only question was which team Colorado College would face in the playoffs.

    No. 4 St. Cloud State cruised to a 4-1 win over the Tigers on Saturday to spoil Senior Night at World Arena.

    As a result, CC will travel to No. 9 North Dakota for their best-of-three playoff series at 6:37 p.m. Friday at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

    Games 2 and 3 (if necessary) are at 6:07 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. UND enters the postseason as the No. 2 seed after falling 2-1 at home to Western Michigan

    “It will be a tough, rugged and hard-fought series,” Tigers coach Scott Owens said. “I am sure they are unhappy about losing at home to Western Michigan.”

    More importantly for the visitors, the victory propelled SCSU to the National Collegiate Hockey Conference championship and possession of the inaugural Penrose Cup. They received the trophy in their locker room after the game.

    CC spoiled Huskies goalie Ryan Faragher’s shutout bid when Archie Skalbeck lifted in a power-play rebound following a shot by Jaccob Slavin with 18:57 left in the third period. The Tigers played determined hockey over the final 20 minutes for the announced crowd of 6,742.

    “We did not play on our heels like we did the first two periods,” Owens said. “We were more determined and that gave us something to build on going into the postseason.”

    Western Michigan’s win gave the Huskies (21-8-5, 14-6-3 NCHC) the chance they needed to seize the title. St. Cloud State made sure there would be no doubt.

    Sophomore Kalle Kossila took advantage of a CC turnover only 3:53 into the game when he one-timed the puck past junior goalie Courtney Lockwood (20 saves), who made his first career start for the Tigers (6-22-6, 6-13-5-1).

    Lockwood had his moments including a stop on a two-on-none breakaway when he stopped a shot by SCSU wing Jimmy Murray, who scored in the first period for the 2-0 lead.

    Courtney was pretty decent especially after he settled in,” Owens said.

    Penrose cupThe visitors pulled away with two scores in 2:16 for a 4-0 command with 10:19 left in the second period, including one by Tigers killer Jonny Brodzinski, who now has 14 points (11 goals) in eight games against CC. 

    The sophomore’s goal came after a CC defender’s stick broke, leaving the puck laying there in the Tigers zone for the score and a four-goal lead.

    Here are the other playoff match-ups:

    No. 8 seed Miami at St. Cloud State; No. 6 seed Denver at Nebraska-Omaha and No. 5 Western Michigan at No. 4 Minnesota-Duluth. All games are Friday-Sunday (times to be announced) except for UNO, which plays Thursday-Saturday because of a scheduling conflict with a Demi Lovato concert in Omaha.

    NOTES

    CC shuffles lines, rests some players

    With no chance to move up to sixth place, Colorado College rested some players – notably freshman defenseman Gustav Olofsson and senior goalie Josh Thorimbert – to prepare for next week’s National Collegiate Hockey Conference playoffs.

    Thorimbert made 33 consecutive starts before Saturday’s night off. He is now No. 10 on the all-time career saves list with 2,062 saves behind NHL netminder Curtis McElhinney (2,069) and Wisconsin goalie coach Jeff Sanger (2,161). Thorimbert passed Dan Griffin (1971-75, 2,047) on Friday.

    “(Thorimbert) has carried the load this year,” CC assistant Joe Bonnett said. “It’s a good game for him to catch his breath. (Junior) Courtney (Lockwood) has worked hard and earned his (first college) start.”

    Olofsson played 15 games in a row since the world junior championships in early January.

    “It will be good for him to take a step back and see things from a different angle,” Bonnett said. “He needs to get his second wind for the playoffs.”

    The Tiger coaches also shuffled the lines to see if new combinations may click, notably putting freshman center Christian Heil between senior Alexander Krushelnyski and rookie right wing Alex Roos and moving freshman Sam Rothstein to another line between senior Michael Morin and rookie Matt Hansen.

    The move was to make four balanced lines with equitable offensive potential for a team averaging 1.97 goals, up from 1.91 before Friday’s four scores.

    “We wanted to shake thing sup a little bit,” Bonnett said. “We wanted more balanced lines that make all four better and make them a tougher matchup.”

    Sophomore Hunter Fejes played for the first time since sustaining a lower-body injury against Western Michigan on Feb. 14.

    Ice chips

    CC finished 5-4-3 at home in league play. … The three second-period goals in 7:29 by Scott Wamsganz, Cody Bradley and Jaccob Slavin was the quickest three of the season and marked the third time the Tigers tallied three in one period. CC fell to 2-1 in games when they scored three in a single period. … CC ended the regular season at 4-7-5 on Fridays and 2-14-1 on Saturdays.

    No. 4 St. Cloud State 4, Colorado College 1

    St. Cloud State 2          2          0          –4

    Colorado College         0          0          1          –1

    First period – 1. SCSU, Kossila (unassisted) 3:53; 2. SCSU, Murray (Rabey) 9:17. Penalties – SCSU, Nevalainen, tripping, 1:31; CC, Krushelnyski, holding, 9:38.

    Second period – 3. SCSU, Dowd (Daly) 7:25; 4. SCSU, Brodzinski (Papa) 9:41. Penalties – SCSU, Nevalainen (interference), 2:02; CC, McDermott, interference, 6:00; SCSU, Brodzinski, tripping, 6:40.

    Third period – 5. CC, Skalbeck (Slavin, Rothstein) 1:03 (PP). Penalties – SCSU, Dowd, hookig, :42’ CC. Taft, tripping, 3:09.

    Power play – SCSU 0-3, CC 1-4. Shots on goal – SCSU 8-7-9 –24; CC 6-8-7—21. Saves-minutes – SCSU, Faragher 6-8-6 –20; CC, Lockwood 6-5-9 –20.  Referees – Patafie, Sterns, Linesmen – Keltie, Shaw. Attendance – 6,742 (7,380 capacity).

  • Notes: Senior Night memories; Jaden Schwartz

    Fri, March 7, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Morin2013-14Morin will savor memories from Senior Night

    Senior wing Michael Morin will bask in adulation of the home fans for the final time on Saturday.

    “It will be bittersweet,” said Morin, who has 26 career games for three points (two goals) entering the weekend. “It’s sad to think that is probably the last game of my hockey career. But I will remember all of the great experiences spending time with my teammates.”

    Fans are asked to get in their seats by 6:45 p.m. Saturday to avoid missing any of the pregame honors for Jeff Collett, student assistant Dakota Eveland, Alexander Krushelnyski, Eamonn McDermott, Morin, Archie Skalbeck and Josh Thorimbert.

    While Morin, who battled injuries throughout his CC career, contributed in many ways to the Tigers.

    “He has not played as much as he would like to, but he never faltered in his effort,” said CC coach Scott Owens, pointing out the Plymouth, Minn. forward’s sense of humor, positive attitude and outgoing personality. “Michael has been a real good Tiger. He’s an energy guy who is a hard worker. He’s been active in the campus community as well. I have enjoyed coaching him for four years.”

    Jaden Schwartz drops ceremonial puck

    Schwartz MUGFormer Tigers standout Jaden Schwartz took advantage of a road trip to play the Colorado Avalanche to visit his former classmates and drop the ceremonial puck before Friday’s home game. The St. Louis Blues wing (46 points, 27 assists) would have been part of this year’s senior class if he had stayed at CC.

    “It’s pretty cool to see all the guys,” he said. “I was pretty excited when I saw we would be in Colorado during senior weekend. They have made it up for a few games and I wanted to return the favor.”

    The Blues play the Avs at 1 p.m. Saturday.

    Familiar foe?

    If CC plays SCSU next weekend, it would be the third time in four seasons it finished the season against its first-round playoff foe. Wisconsin (2011) and Michigan Tech (2012) were the others.

  • Notes: “Team win” leads CC to Gold Pan

    Sat, February 22, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Gold Pan celebrationColorado College got contributions from throughout the lineup to pull away for a 3-1 home win over No. 18 Denver that gave the Tigers possession of the Gold Pan Trophy for the first time since the 2011-12 season.

    CC has won the trophy 12 times in 21 seasons.

    “It was a good team win tonight,” senior Alexander Krushelnyski said. “It’s awesome. Tonight was a special night. There is nothing like bring back the Gold Pan.”

    The sweep, CC’s first this season, is the payoff for a strong work ethic by the Tigers.

    “The guys have worked hard all season,” Krushelnyski said. “This shows it is finally paying off.”

    “We got contributions from everybody tonight,” Tigers coach Scott Owens said.

    The senior does not expect the Tigers to let down after a thrilling weekend, which also doomed their rival’s hopes for an at-large NCAA Tournament berth. Both Denver and Minnesota-Duluth, which lost 6-2 to No. 11 North Dakota Saturday, fell out of contention for that after being swept this weekend.

    “This helps our confidence more than anything,” Krushelnyski said.

    The coaches will worry about avoiding any letdown.

    “We’ll enjoy this for a little while but we know we take on a good Nebraska-Omaha team with a lot of offensive skill,” Owens said. “It will be tough.”

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    Saturday’s game will be replayed on Altitude Sports at 11:30 p.m. Saturday, 12:30 and 7 p.m. Monday and 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

    Both goalies stand out in Gold Pan finale

    Thoirmbert 3Denver goalie Sam Brittain, now 0-4-1 in his last five games, played well and made 33 saves as the Tigers peppered him throughout the game.

    CC senior goalie Josh Thorimbert made 25 saves, including a big one on Denver leading scorer Trevor Moore with about a minute left. The Tigers defense played well, holding Denver without a shot in the third period until 9:27 remained. Moore did not record a point this weekend.

    “Josh has been playing well all season,” Krushelnyski said. “He has kept us in a lot of games.”

    CC penalty kill containing potent Denver power play

    A key to Friday’s road win over No. 18 Denver was the performance of the CC penalty kill. The Pioneers entered the weekend No. 5 with the man advantage (22.7 percent).

    in Division I but managed only one score out of five chances, including a big power play chance late in the third period.

    The Tigers did a good job denying the Pioneers entry into the CC zone late in the game after Denver was able to do so with regularity earlier.

    “They did a good job making plays at key pressure points,” CC assistant Joe Bonnett said. “When we forced them to the outside, we were quick to getting on the puck. They were aggressive when appropriate. They are feeling confident and comfortable within the system.”

    The Tigers went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill Saturday night for a 7-for-8 weekend.

    Long distance connection

    The first two goals Friday by the Tigers were scored by players born 4,814 miles apart in sophomores Jared Hanson (Palmer, Alaska) and Cody Bradley (Tampa, Fla.). According to Mapquest, the 57-hour drive would cost $2,696 in gas alone.

    Ice chips

    Denver sophomore Joey LaLeggia, the NCHC’s top-scoring defenseman (19 points, nine goals), missed his third game in a row with a shoulder injury. …  The next home game on Friday March 7 against No. 4 St. Cloud State will start at 7:07 p.m. to accommodate CBS Sports Network’s schedule. … Alex Roos’ game-winner was goal No. 25 by the rookie class, which accounts for 42.66 percent of CC’s 60 as a team this season. … No. 8 Wisconsin of the Big Ten will travel to Colorado to take on CC and Denver for single games over one weekend next season. … Denver goalie Sam Brittain and Nebraska-Omaha forward Ryan Walters are among the 10 senior CLASS Award national finalists. … Eleven of the previous 14 games in the Denver-Colorado College series have ended in a tie or been decided by a single goal.

  • Emptying the notebook: Power play struggles, CC alumni weekend

    Sat, February 8, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Ian Young home whitesTigers power play struggles continue

    Colorado College recorded its first power-play goal in 30 opportunities dating back to Jan. 11 at North Dakota, but could not find the net during two five-minute power plays in Saturday’s 2-1 road loss to No. 17 Minnesota-Duluth.

    “We just couldn’t finish,” CC coach Scott Owens said. “At the end, we couldn’t get our shots through. Their (eighth-ranked) penalty kill is as good advertised.”

    Over the past few weeks, CC tweaked its two power-play units to create a numbers mismatch and better maintain puck possession and pressure on opponents.

    But first, the Tigers need to sustain possession. Too often, aggressive penalty killers were able to attack the CC puckhandler shortly after he enters the opposing zone and force a turnover. They sent the puck out of their zone, forcing the Tigers to use up valuable time setting another foray into the opposing zone.

    On Saturday, the Tigers did a better job avoiding that set-up by dumping the puck in and winning more races to loose pucks in the Duluth zone. That led to 13 shots in 16 minutes, including six during a five-minute power play early in the second period but only two during one late in the third.

    “It’s something we are working on and where we need to get better,” CC assistant Joe Bonnett said. “We like our personnel. The guys we have out there have a history of production on the power play in college and juniors.”

    The CC power play is now 1-for-30 over the past six games after opening the second half at a three for six clip (50 percent). The Tigers power play improved from 11.1 to 11.4  percent (12 for 105) with Ian Young’s score.

    CC alumni celebration coming up

    Tiger fans can mingle with past Tigers as part of the school’s 75th anniversary celebration during Saturday’s pregame reception at Hotel Elegante from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

    The alumni present, about 50, for Friday’s game will be recognized on the ice during first intermission.

    Ice chips

    Friday’s shootout loss was CC’s third. The Tigers lead the NCHC with four shootouts. …. CC senior goalie Josh Thorimbert’s previous career-high in saves was 45 set as a sophomore. He had 50 on Friday.

    AMSOIL Arena part of trend in NCHC

    The $80 million, 6,756-seat AMSOIL Arena, home of the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs, which opened in December 2010, continues a recent surge in renovations and new facilities around the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

    That includes $1 million toward scoreboard upgrades at Western Michigan’s Lawson Arena before this season began. That anonymous gift came after talk of a new downtown facility quieted

    A new facility is on its way at Nebraska-Omaha with a $76.3-million, 7,500 capacity on-campus arena is scheduled to open in the fall of 2015.

    In Duluth, AMSOIL replaced the old Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center which remains attached to the new facility and hosts concerts and other events. The hockey arena features a $1 million, 8-by-14-foot scoreboard above center ice, 15 private suites and a Hall of Fame recognizing 35 men’s and women’s hockey players, which include former NHL standout Brett Hull, whose No. 29 jersey number was retired in Jan. 2013. He set the UMD record with 52 goals his sophomore season,.

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  • Emptying the notebook: Thorimbert humble after career performance; 2014-15 schedule

    Fri, February 7, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Cc skalbeck home whitesThorimbert humble about career performance

    CC goalie Josh Thorimbert said most of his career-high 50 saves against Minnesota-Duluth were easy to track because they were from long range and not from short range in front..

    That may be true, only six were from the between the face circles, including none in the third period, but the senior  kept the game close by not giving up bad rebounds for the charging Bulldogs to convert.

    Minnesota-Duluth came close to scoring early with shots by freshman Kyle Osterberg stopped by Thorimbert on a one-timer from between the circles and another ringing off the far post as the left wing attacked the near post.

    Tigers’ 2014-15 schedule begins to take shape

    Nothing has been finalized, but preliminary plans indicate Colorado College will host Alabama-Huntsville for homecoming this October with a road series against the Western Collegiate Hockey Association member the following season.

    Other October dates include single road games against Hockey East powers Boston College and New Hampshire, likely during one of the block breaks, and a home series against National Collegiate Hockey Conference foe North Dakota.

    CC lands first Rampage commit

    Colorado College continues to mine the area clubs with a commit from Andrew “AJ” Vanderbeck of the Colorado Rampage U16 team for the 2016-2017 season. The midget minor team is based out of the Colorado Sports Center near Monument.

    “It’s a dream come true to get to play at such a great school and hockey program as Colorado College,” the Lewis-Palmer High School student said. “I couldn’t have done it without the help of my teammates and most importantly the support of my parents.”

    The California native leads the Tier I Elite League with 57 points (38 goals), and a total of 89 points (58 goals) overall this season.

    The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder will play in the junior U.S. Hockey League the next two seasons to develop his game and physically mature. The league’s draft is this spring.

    UMD hockey recognizes Winter Olympians

    Minnesota-Duluth recognized its 12 hockey alums who played in the Winter Olympics with a pregame ceremonial puck drop on Friday. Ome notables are forwards Keith “Huffer” Christiansen (USA, 1972) and 1980 Miracle on Ice wing John “Bah” Harrington. and 2014 defenseman Justin Faulk (Carolina).

  • Emptying the notebook: Eight Tigers injured by game’s end; new NCAA recruiting rules

    Sat, January 25, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    FejesCC senior Alexander Krushelnyski (upper body) and junior defenseman Ian Young (lower body) both sustained injuries in Friday’s win over Miami and were out Saturday along with four other Tigers.

    Krushelnyski had a goal and an assist in each of the past four games. He played in 131 straight games since missing one in early December of his freshman year.

    “With the bye week, next week he should be fine,” Tigers coach Scott Owens said.

    The others are juniors Courtney Lockwood and Jordan DiGiando, both lower body injuries sustained last weekend, and freshmen Matt Hansen (middle) and Tyler Marble (shoulder).

    Sophomores Hunter Fejes (lower body) and Peter Maric (upper body) were both injured during Saturday’s game.

    New NCAA rules may benefit programs

    The NCAA tweaked its recruiting rules for college hockey recently, now allowing coaches to contact prospective players after Jan. 1 of their sophomore year in high school. That is 5 1/2 months earlier than the previous rule, when coaches had to wait until June 15. The change is effective immediately.

    The change was made so college coaches could start recruiting players prior to the Ontario and Quebec major junior hockey league drafts in June. Prior to that, college coaches could not talk to them beforehand to promote the NCAA alternative.

    The ruling removes limits on the number of telephone calls, emails, direct messages via social media and texts that coaches may send to prospects beginning Jan. 1 of their sophomore season.

    “That’s all good stuff,” Owens said. “It allows us to get the message out about the benefits of college hockey at an earlier age. The way recruiting is now, it is important to develop a rapport with players early.”

    A player forgoes his NCAA eligibility if he signs a professional contract or plays for any of the three Canadian major junior leagues.

    Coaches remain limited in the number of face-to-face contacts they may make and they cannot make their first off-campus contact with a prospect until June 15 of their grade 10 year.

    Ice chips

    The NCHC Fan Fest will run from 3-7:30 p.m. in conjunction with the Frozen Faceoff postseason tournament on March 21-22 on the Target Field Plaza, adjacent to Target Center in Minneapolis. The Target Center will allow re-entry for those wanting to attend the free, family-friendly event before and between games.  … The Miami roster is made up entirely of Americans. … Junior Charlie Taft entered Saturday’s game with two goals in his last three games. … Former U.S. and Olympic speedskater Joey Cheek held the ceremonial puck drop.

  • Emptying the notebook: Rothstein’s no goal, etc.

    Fri, January 24, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Roos celebrationWhat happened with Rothstein’s goal?

    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.

     

     

  • Emptying the notebook: Providence 7, CC 2

    Sat, January 18, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    CC Hockey 2013-14 seasonBlock party continues for Colorado College

    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.

    Ice chips

    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.

  • Emptying the notebook: Alumni weekend; power-play shuffle

    Fri, January 17, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Colorado College Hockey 2007-08CC plans 75 years celebration, alumni weekend

    Colorado College hockey is planning an alumni weekend Feb. 14-15 to recognize the 75 years of the program, including a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Cheyenne Mountain resort.

    The Tigers host National Collegiate Hockey Conference foe Western Michigan that weekend. All the alumni will e honored on the ice during first intermission Friday.

    There will be a pregame reception at the Hotel Elegante from 5-6:30 p.m. Saturday.

    “We hope to have a great cross sample of all the players from past decades,” Tigers coach Scott Owens said. “It will give people a chance to remember past teams and players. It is a great thing and I hope we have a tremendous turnout.”

    Fans interested in those events should contact marketing director Jessica Bennett at jessica.bennett@coloradocollege.edu.

    New-look power-play unit pays dividends

    The world junior championships and the subsequent absences of freshman defensemen Gustav Olofsson and Jaccob Slavin forced CC to tweak its second power-play unit.

    It quickly paid dividends with a five for 15 mark since the holiday break.

    The second power-play unit has an umbrella look to it with three defensemen – Aaron Harstad, Peter Stoykewych and Slavin — along the blue line with forward Scott Wamsganz screening the goalie and senior wing Archie Skalbeck working as a rover.

    The coaches are working Slavin and Olofsson into the mix when sophomore Michael King is a healthy scratch as he was on Friday.

    “It has worked as long as the guys along the blue line keep it relatively simple and get pucks on net with Wamsganz screening,” Owens said. “We are getting some chances that way. Regardless, we have to win faceoffs and be hungry to get to the puck.”

    Taft’s improved play pays off with late goal

    Junior Charlie Taft recorded his second goal this season and it came with 2:39 left in what ended up being the eventual tying goal.

    “It will boost his confidence a bit,” Owens said. “He’s played well the past three games. I hope seeing that will give all the older guys a boost. Krushelnyski is playing well right now.”

    Ice chips

    Providence coach Nate Leaman is back home with his wife Alice awaiting the birth of their third child.. … Friars forward Ross Mauermann and goalie Jon Gillies were both nominated for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award. No Tigers or Air Force players were. Fan balloting is underway at hobeybakeraward.com.