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Colorado College sweeps Denver; dedicates Gold Pan to Scott Winkler

Saturday's 3-1 win came on what would have been Winkler's 24th birthday. Winkler passed away last summer in his native Norway from an undiagnosed heart condition

Larry Radloff Photography

Colorado College swept Denver this weekend to win the Gold Pan contested annually between the two schools and in doing so, the Tigers were able to honor a fallen teammate Saturday in Colorado Springs.

Former CC forward Scott Winkler, who scored a career-high 28 points (13G-15A) as a senior in 2012-13, passed away last June in his native Norway. The 2008 Dallas Stars draft pick would have turned 24 on Saturday.

Winkler's memory remains with the Tigers. When senior forward Alexander Krushelnyski scored an empty-netter with 45.5 seconds remaining to seal a 3-1 win against the Pioneers in front of 7,641 fans at World Arena, the goal meant more than his 100th career point. It meant that Winkler, as shown in this tweet from sophomore forward Hunter Fejes, had the chance to celebrate another Colorado College Gold Pan.

Colorado College now has won three consecutive games - CC defeated the Pioneers 3-2 Friday Denver - during a season which has seen the 6-18-6 Tigers struggle in its first year of the NCHC. It now has the Gold Pan, however, for the 12th time in 21 years.