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  • CC announces schedule; lower season ticket prices

    Tue, May 6, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    SlavinThe upcoming Colorado College schedule is out and it will be cheaper for some to see the 18 home games next season.

    The price reduction for season tickets was made since CC had a difficult time scheduling home games because of previous agreements and other schools’ availability.

    “We were light on home games and we wanted to be fair to our fans,” CC athletic director Ken Ralph said.

    The National Collegiate Hockey Conference member lowered its season ticket prices from 10 to 18 percent depending on the seat’s location if purchased before June 27, CC associate athletic director Scott Lowenberg said. Season ticket renewal forms will be mailed out May 19-23.

    The light schedule prompted CC to book the USA U-18 national team for Dec. 27-28 with the second contest counting as one of the allowed 34 regular-season games under NCAA rules. None of the three home exhibitions this season count in the team’s record or in the Pairwise rankings.

    A scheduling conflict with The Broadmoor World Arena affected the Gold Pan rivalry series. Instead of playing a home-and-home series against Denver in November, the foes will play a single game on Nov. 14 at Denver with three games in 14 days (Feb. 7, 20 and 21). The CC hosts DU for its only game that weekend on Feb. 7 and again on Feb. 20.

    Skalbeck celebrationThe Trans-Siberian Orchestra is scheduled for CC’s home venue that November weekend. Both schools had Feb. 6-7 open and preferred a single game, Ralph said.

    CC travels to Air Force on Nov. 22 to determine ownership of the annual Pikes Peak Trophy after hosting Big Ten Wisconsin the night before.

    The USA U-18 exhibitions are followed by the second of two tough road trips to the East Coast. CC plays two games at Providence Jan. 3-4 and a single game on Tuesday, Jan. 6 at new Hockey East member UConn. The first trip is Oct. 24-25 against Boston College on Friday and New Hampshire on Saturday.

    The Tigers open play with an exhibition against Canada’s McGill University on Sunday, Oct. 5 followed by the season and home opener against Alabama Huntsville Oct. 10-11.  CC opens NCHC play at home against North Dakota Oct. 17-18.

    Individual ticket prices remain the same except for rows A-D in the upper bowl. Those went up to $18 from $16.50. Season tickets for the lower bowl center and sides between the goal lines are sold out as are the upper bowl rows A-D seats.

    The upcoming season features games against six NCAA Tournament teams. The Tigers will face foes from five of the six leagues, including four games against Hockey East schools.

    CC 2014-15 schedule

    Subject to change, all times MT

    Home games bolded

    Oct. 5, McGill University (exhibition), 6:07 p.m.

    Oct. 10-11, Alabama-Huntsville (Homecoming), 7:37, 7:07 p.m.

    Oct. 17-18, North Dakota, 7:37, 7:07 p.m.

    Oct. 24, at Boston College, 5 p.m.

    Oct. 25, at New Hampshire, 5 p.m.

    Oct. 31-Nov. 1, OPEN


    Nov. 7-8, at Miami, both 5:07 p.m.

    Nov. 14, at Denver, 7:37 p.m.

    Nov. 21, Wisconsin, 7:37 p.m.

    Nov. 22, at Air Force, 7:05 p.m.

    Nov. 28-29, OPEN


    Dec. 5-6, at Minnesota-Duluth, both 6:07 p.m.

    Dec. 12-13, at Western Michigan, both 5:07 p.m.


    Dec. 27, USA U-18 (exhibition), 7:07 p.m.

    Dec. 28, USA U-18 (exhibition), 6:07 p.m.


    Jan. 3-4, at Providence, 5 p.m.

    Jan. 6, at UConn, 5:05 p.m.

    Jan. 16-17, Nebraska-Omaha, 7:37, 7:07 p.m.

    Jan. 23-24, at North Dakota, 6:37, 6:07 p.m.

    Jan. 30-31, St. Cloud State, 7:37, 7:07 p.m.


    Feb. 7, Denver, 7:07 p.m.

    Feb. 13-14, Miami, 7:37, 7:07 p.m.

    Feb. 20, Denver, 7:37 p.m.

    Feb. 21, at Denver, 7:07 p.m.

    Feb. 27-28, Western Michigan, 7:37, 7:07 p.m.


    March 6-7, at Nebraska-Omaha, 6:37, 6:07 p.m.

    March 13-15, NCHC quarterfinals TBA

    March 20-21, NCHC Frozen Faceoff (Target Center, Minneapolis) TBA


  • NCHC schedule release; CC slate nearly full

    Thu, April 17, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    cc celebration gold

    Colorado College will play on the National Collegiate Hockey Conference’s Opening Night for the second season in a row.

    The Tigers begin conference play hosting national semifinalist North Dakota on Oct. 17-18. The Friday game comes after the 2014-15 league opener between Nebraska-Omaha at Western Michigan earlier that night.

    Last season, the first two league games – which included Minnesota –Duluth at CC in Game 2 — were part of a national TV doubleheader on CBS Sports Network. The NCHC’s broadcast schedule will be announced later.

    The NCHC released its league composite schedule on Thursday, also confirming that Colorado College and NCAA Tournament participant Denver will play their four-game home-and-home series the weekends of Nov. 14-15 and Feb. 20-21, 2015 to determine ownership of the Gold Pan Trophy. CC downed Denver in the series (2-1-1) last season to take back the rivalry hardware.

    CC will host Miami of Ohio and Western Michigan in February. The Tigers will travel to Oxford, Ohio to take on the RedHawks for the first time there on Nov. 7-8. Previous meetings were at World Arena and at a neutral tournament site.

    CC associate athletic director Scott Lowenberg said he hopes the new league rivalries will take root after World Arena fans see these new opponents more often.

    “We will work hard to educate the fans about those program’s long hockey histories,” he has said.

    The complete Tigers schedule, which will include 10 as of yet unconfirmed nonconference including area rival Air Force and one or two more exhibition game dates, will be released later this month. Other TV broadcasts will be announced later this offseason.

    Like last year, all eight NCHC teams will play five league foes, including their protected rival (CC and Denver, for example), in both home and away series, while facing the other two teams for just one series (one home and one away) for a total of 24 league games.

    In CC’s case, that means the Tigers only travel to Duluth Dec. 5-6 and host defending NCHC regular-season champion St. Cloud State on Jan. 30-31 this upcoming season, which begins Saturday, Oct. 4.

    First-round series winners advance to the Target Center in Minneapolis for the second annual NCHC Frozen Faceoff with the semifinals Friday, March 20 and the third-place game and championship on Saturday, March 21. The Frozen Faceoff champion receives an automatic NCAA berth.

    In this blog post, I also added some of the nonconference and exhibition games I have heard about through other media or during interviews. They remain unconfirmed.

    CC 2014-15 schedule

    Subject to change


    Sept. 30 annual Faceoff Luncheon


    Oct. 5, McGill University (exhibition)

    Oct. 10-11, Alabama-Huntsville (Homecoming)

    Oct. 17-18 North Dakota

    Oct. 23-26, at Boston College, at New Hampshire (block break weekend)

    Oct. 31-Nov. 1 OPEN


    Nov. 7-8, at Miami

    Nov. 14, at Denver

    Nov. 15,  Denver

    Nov. 21, Wisconsin

    Nov. 22, at Air Force

    Nov. 28-29, OPEN


    Dec. 5-6, at Minnesota-Duluth

    Dec. 12-13, at Western Michigan



    Jan. 3-4, at Providence

    Jan. 6, at UConn

    Jan. 16-17, Nebraska-Omaha

    Jan. 23-24, at North Dakota

    Jan. 30-31, St. Cloud State


    Feb. 6-7, OPEN

    Feb. 13-14, Miami

    Feb. 20, Denver

    Feb. 21, at Denver

    Feb. 27-28, Western Michigan


    March 6-7, at Nebraska-Omaha

    March 13-15, NCHC quarterfinals

    March 20-21, NCHC Frozen Faceoff (Target Center, Minneapolis)

  • Updated: CC 2014-15 schedule takes shape

    Tue, April 8, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Thorimbert2While the search for a new coach gets underway, information about the 2014-15 schedule continues to trickle in and it will be a tough one as usual.

    CC fans should expect home and road series against both Miami and Western Michigan this season under the league’s schedule rotation.

    Minnesota-Duluth will not travel to Colorado Springs during the regular season, just like Miami did not last season.

    CC has 24 league games, leaving 10 nonconference dates, in a 34-game regular-season schedule.

    Eight nonleague spots are filled by single road games against Boston College, New Hampshire, UConn, a road series at Providence and home contests against Wisconsin (1) and Alabama-Huntsville (2).

    Air Force may fill one or two of those open spots.

    Here is a very INCOMPLETE, TENTATIVE SCHEDULE (in other words, do not book any flights just yet) based on past interviews and other media.

    CC 2014-15 schedule

    Subject to change


    Sept. 30 annual Faceoff Luncheon


    Oct. 3, McGill University (exhibition)

    Oct. 10-11, Alabama-Huntsville (Homecoming)

    Oct. 17-18 North Dakota

    Oct. 24-25, at Boston College, New Hampshire (block break weekend)


    Nov. 14 at Denver

    Nov. 15   Denver

    Nov. 21  Wisconsin

    Nov. 22 at Air Force


    Dec. 5-6, at Minnesota-Duluth


    Jan. 3-4, at Providence

    Jan. 6, at UConn


    Feb. 20 Denver

    Feb. 21 at Denver

  • 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.”

    Liked what you saw? Check out the rebroadcast

    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.

  • CC wins Gold Pan for Winkler

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

    Harstad goalThis one was for Winks.

    Saturday night’s 3-1 win over Denver was all the sweeter for the Tigers, who dedicated the victory to former Colorado College standout Scott Winkler, who passed away this summer of an undiagnosed heart condition.

    It would have been the Norwegian’s 24th birthday.

    “This one was for Scott,” said senior Alexander Krushelnyski, who recorded an empty-netter with 45.5 seconds left to seal the victory and give CC, which has doubled its season win total in the span of eight days, possession of the Gold Pan Trophy over the Front Range rival. “We know he’s up there smiling looking down on us tonight.”

    “It makes it even more special,” CC coach Scott Owens said. “It is quite a feat to sweep a team as good as Denver. They were much better tonight but we matched their effort.”

    This National Collegiate Hockey Conference sweep – also CC’s third win in a row —  will be cherished by the Tigers (6-18-6, 6-9-5-1) and their fans for some time.

    Colorado College scored the winning goal on a goalmouth scramble that left senior defenseman Eamonn McDermott sprawled on top of Denver goalie Sam Brittain (33 saves)..

    A Denver defenseman leveled McDermott after she attempt a short-range shot and the CC captain landed on Brittain, opening up the top half of the net for freshman Alex Roos’ backhander with 6:06 remaining before a standing-room-only crowd of 7,641 fans at World Arena.

    “Getting that trophy back means a lot to us,” Roos said. “I never really knew Scott but I imagine he’s smiling down on us now.”

    The empty-netter was sweet for Krushelnyski, who recorded his 100th career point (41 goals) as a Tiger. He is the 74th CC player to record 100 or more and first to do so since Bill Sweatt in 2010 and Rylan Schwartz in 2012.

    “It was a special night,” Krushelnyski said. “It’s all smiles now.”

    Earlier, junior defenseman Aaron Harstad rifled a shot that blew past Brittain’s glove attempt with 3:54 left in the first period for a 1-0 lead.

    Freshman Jaccob Slavin passed over the Harstad, who fired from just inside the blue line.

    About two minutes later, Coronado High School graduate Matt Tabrum scored to knot the game at 1-1 with 1:40 remaining.

    Both teams did a good job denying shots with Denver getting 14 blocks while CC had 22, led by Harstad with five and McDermott with four. The CC defense were strong in front of their net, keeping Denver from a shot in front of senior goalie Josh Thorimbert (25 saves) for the entire second period.

    “Josh was good and Brittain was outstanding,” Owens said.

    Colorado College’s defense frustrated the Pioneers, holding the visitors without a shot on goal in the third period until 9:27 remained.

    Colorado College 3, No. 18 Denver 1

    Denver             1          0          0          –1

    Colorado College         1          0          2          –3

    First period – 1. CC, Harstad (Slavin, Collett) 16:06; 2, DU, Tabrum (Arnold) 18:20. Penalties – DU, Doremus, holding, 3:24; CC, Krushelnyski, holding, 5:27; CC, Morin, slashing, 9:10; CC, Stoykewych, holding, 18:57.

    Second period – No scoring. Penalties – CC, Skalbeck, roughing, 8:07; DU, Didier, four-minute roughing, 8:07.

    Third period – 3. CC, Roos (McDermott, Bradley) 13:54; 4. CC, Krushelnyski (unassisted) 19:14 (EN). Penalties – DU, Doremus, roughing, 19:14; CC, Harstad, holding, 19:58..

    Power play – DU 0-3, CC 0-3. Shots on goal – Denver 7-13-6 –26; CC 14-10-12 – 36. Saves-minutes – DU, Brittain 13-10-10 –59:24; CC, Thorimbert 6-13-6 –60:00. Referees – Krebsbach, Dreger. Linesmen – Pedigo, Keltie. Attendance  — 7,461 (standing room only).



  • Saturday’s lines: No. 18 Denver at CC

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

    Thoirmbert 3Denver










    Goalies -- Brittain, Cowley

    Colorado College










    Goalies – Thorimbert, Lockwood, Shatzer


  • Heil scores game-winner over Denver

    Fri, February 21, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    HeilDENVER – Colorado College freshman Christian Heil picked a great time to record his first goal as a Tiger.

    The Westminster native scored with 12:23 left in the third period for what proved to be the eventual game-winning goal in a 3-2 road win over No. 18 Denver at Magness Arena.

     “It was special for me to do it here in Denver,” Heil said. “I grew up 20 minuets north of here and I had a bunch of family in town. It is pretty surreal to get my first one as a Tiger against Denver.”

    Not only was it a memorable night for the rookie, who also played his first NCAA game at center, but possession of the Gold Pan Trophy remains very much in doubt after CC (5-18-6, 5-9-5-1 league) posted the breakthrough victory.

    It was the Tigers first road win (1-11-2) and first victory in a one-goal contest (1-7-6) this season. CC also recorded its second win in a row, also a season high.

    The Tigers can take back the coveted trophy with a win Saturday night at World Arena. Less than 100 hundred tickets remain.

    Colorado College scored the eventual winning goal when senior Alexander Krushelnyski tracked down the puck after a Denver player blocked his shot and passed over toward Heil.

    Denver senior goalie Sam Brittain (26 saves) stuck out his stick to stop the puck but Heil forced both the puck and stick across the goal lone with 12:23 left in the third for a 3-1 lead. The score came moments after a five-minute power play expired.

    “I was just praying he would put it in,” Krushelnyski said. “(This win gives) us the confidence we have been looking for. It’s a good step in the process of getting ready for the playoffs.”

    Denver trimmed the CC lead to 3-2 with 7:05 remaining when senior defenseman David Makowski ripped a power-play shot past Tigers goalie Josh Thorimbert (26 saves)

    Denver had a late power play and pulled Brittain with 1:10 left but could not tally the tying goal.

     “Our slow process of improving on the power play generated two goals because the third one came just after the power play,” CC coach Scott Owens said. “Overall, I am happy with this good team win.”

    Tigers sophomore Cody Bradley banged in a pass in off Britttain’s right leg pad to put the Tigers ahead 2-1 with 1:27 left in the second period earlier in the same five-minute man advantage that concluded just before the game-winner. The power-play goal came during a five-minute man advantage after Denver’s Zac Larraza was called for contact to the head and ejected for the rest of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference game for a hit on CC freshman defenseman Gustav Olofsson..

    The power-play goal was set up by freshman defenseman Jaccob Slavin, who controlled the puck in the corner and passed to the front of the net where Bradley scored.

    CC sophomore Jared Hanson scored with 9:54 left in the first period for a 1-0 lead. The score was set up by a good diagonal pass across the Denver zone by senior Eamonn McDermott to senior Archie Skalbeck in the slot.

    Skalbeck immediately passed over to Hanson, who was skating toward the net from the other faceoff circle. It caught Brittain moving to his right toward the Tigers senior wing and Hanson one-timed the puck in behind the netminder for the early 1-0 lead.

    “I thought it was a pretty good road game,” Owens said. “We got the early goal and our penalty kill was good.”

    Denver tied the game at 1-1 on a fluky goal by sophomore Quentin Shore with 15:51 left in the second period.

    The game would be close the rest of the way until the five-minute power play gave CC the chance to pull away.

    They seized it. Now it remains to be seen if the Tigers can take the trophy as well.

    “This is personal,” Krushelnyski said. “We want the Gold Pan back.”

    Colorado College 3, No. 18 Denver 2

    Colorado College         1          1          1          –3

    Denver             0          1          1          –2

    First period – 1. CC, Hanson (Skalbeck, McDermott) 10:06. Penalties – DU, Larraza, tripping, 1:22; CC, Bradley, slashing, 12:14; CC, Collett, hooking, 16:48; CC, Olofsson, hooking, 19:49.

    Second period – 2. DU, Shore (Levin) 4:09; 3, CC, Bradley (Slavin) 18:33 (PP). Penalties – DU, Doremus, hooking, 13:15; DU, Larazza, five-minute contact to the head, game misconduct, 17:47.

    Third period – 4. CC, Heil (Krushelnyski) 7:37; 5. DU, Makowski (Shore,Zajac ) 12:55 (PP). Penalties – DU, Didier, hooking, 5:31; CC, Hanson, kneeing, 12:22; CC, Stoykewych, roughing, 12:22; DU, Tabrum, roughing, 12:22; CC, McDermott, holding, 16:07.

    Power play – CC 1-5, DU 1-5. Shots on goal – CC 8-14-7 –29, DU 7-9-12 – 28. Saves-minutes – CC, Thorimbert 7-8-11 – 60:00; DU, Brittain 7-13-6 –59:00. Referees –Krebsbach, Dreger. Linesmen – Pedigo, Keltie. Attendance – 6,026 (sellout).

  • Friday’s lines: CC at No. 18 Denver

    Fri, February 21, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Heil goldsThe Tigers changed up their fourth line with junior center Jordan DiGiando unavailable due to illness. Freshman Christian Heil will get his first playing time as a college center with junior Scott Wamsganz playing his first at right wing.

    Hunter Fejes (lower body injury), Matt Hansen (suspension), Peter Maric and Zach Aman, both upper body are unavailable as well.

     “Archie is a center but we didn’t want to change up that line (Skalbeck-Collett-Hanson),” CC coach Scott Owens said. “We are playing every forward available. Heil played center a good bit in juniors.”

    For Denver, Joey LaLeggia is out with an upper-body injury while Ty Loney is ill, making him a game-time decision.

    Colorado College










    Goalies – Thorimbert, Lockwood



    Moore-Doremus-Loney (Ritt)








    Goalies -- Brittain, Cowley, Ogard

  • Friday reading: Gold Pan series; NCHC, WCHA, Air Force previews

    Fri, February 21, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Roos celebrationLast weekend’s goalie change may benefit Denver headed into this weekend. Here are the Gazette’s previews for this weekend: Part 1 and Part 2.

    DU is making a late-season push for an at-large NCAA berth. It looks like Joey LaLeggia is doubtful for Friday night, according to the Post. USCHO predicts a split this weekend.

    No. 4 St. Cloud State at Miami games was circled by most during the preseason as the series between the NCHC’s top-two teams. That has not worked out.  Injuries are a big reason why the RedHawks are struggling.

    Mark MacMillan’s late-season surge has been a spark for North Dakota’s recent tear. Here is a preview out of Duluth.

    Nebraska-Omaha travels to Western Michigan for what promises to be a physical series. WMU has a more important issue on its mind.

    Here is all you need on the WCHA and Air Force hockey this weekend.

  • Denver announces Friday sellout

    Thu, February 20, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    The Friday night game at Denver between the Pioneers and Colorado College is officially a sellout.  DU asked fans to check in with the ticket office on Friday afternoon since limited tickets may be available due to late returns from the opposing team. 

    Please go to denverpioneers.com/tickets  for further information.