With much thanks to senior goalie Josh Thorimbert, Colorado College defeated Minnesota Duluth 3-1 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
It wasn't the prettiest hockey I've ever seen, especially when it was 4 on 4, as the sheet of ice in Colorado Springs looked never ending. Both teams looked as though they were slowly be drained of energy, at a rate more accelerated than normal.
The home team took the momentum and kept it pumping early on with a first period tally from Charlie Taft that looked to have beat UMD goalie Matt McNeely high and over his shoulder. Colorado College even had the same amount, if not more scoring chances on UMD's power play, which is the opposite of typical Bulldog special teams.
Peter Maric buried a goal that looked to have snuck through McNeely's pads and dribbled in during the second period, which by the was an uneventful period.
Austin Farley scored early in the third period to cut the Tiger's lead, but Alex Roos would bury a goal midway through the period, capping off scoring for the night.
In the final two minutes when the Bulldogs owned an un-manned net is when most of the action took place. Over and over the Bulldogs fired shots on Colorado College netminder Josh Thorimbert, but the 5-foot-11 senior brought his "A" game tonight as he made 30 saves in Colorado College's 3-1 victory over Minnesota Duluth.
1st Period - CC (5:48) Charlie Taft from Jeff Collett and Aaron Harstad
2nd Period - CC (13:53) Peter Maric from Jeff Collett and Russell Finch
3rd Period - UMD (1:57) Austin Farley from Joe Basaraba and Tony Cameranesi
3rd Period - CC (10:56) PP Alex Roos from Jaccob Slavin and Alexander Krushelnyski
- The Bulldog penalty kill was 15 for 15 before Alex Roos scored the Tiger's 3rd goal. The powerplay continues to be an issue for UMD.
- Josh Thorimbert finished the game with 30 saves; Matt McNeely with 20.
- Jeff Collett was the only player with multiple points (2 assists) and finished with a +2 rating.
- Colorado College won 36 faceoffs, compared to Minnesota Duluth's 29.
- UMD went 0/3 on the PP, 4/5 on the PK.
- CC went 1/5 on the PP, 3/3 on the PK.
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