CC scores four to take lead into third

CC vs Denver 2 actionColorado College scored four goals in one period for the first time this season to rally from down 2-0 to take a 4-2 lead into the third period.

Three of the four goals came from the point with CC senior captain William Rapuzzi playing a role in the final three.

Rapuzzi assisted the tying and go-ahead goals (Hunter Fejes, Joe Marciano) and then screened Denver goalie Juho Olkinuora on Mike Boivin’s score, his 13th of the season, to stake the Tigers to the two-goal lead.

CC junior wing Archie Skalbeck jumpstarted the Tigers and energized the World Arena crowd when he snapped a wrister inside the post as he skated across the point. That made it 2-1 and the added energy led to a Denver penalty 15 seconds later.

The CC power play generated three quality chances but could not convert.

The game settled down for a few minutes until Rapuzzi made a strong crossing pass to freshman Hunter Fejes, who redirected the pass top shelf to beat DU goalie Juho Olkinuora to tie the game at 2-2 midway through the second period. Rapuzzi pass from the opposite post caught Olkinuora a half-second slow sliding over for Fejes’ shot.

Charlie Taft nearly put CC ahead less than two minutes later, but Olkinuora made the save on the breakaway and the puck landed on top of the Denver net. A DU defenseman knocked the net from its moorings to stop play.

Rapuzzi then set up Marciano’s goal a shot from just inside the blue line that beat Olkinuora glove side to the roar of the crowd. Boivin scored from the same area to make it 4-2.

Denver had seized control early with Nick Shore rifling a shot over CC senior goalie Joe Howe’s left  should less than five minutes into the game.

Colorado College has taken a 1-0 lead only 10 times out of 30 games so far this season.

DU made it 2-0 when Ty Loney redirected a shot by defenseman Joey LaLeggia only moments into a power play with 8:44 left in the opening period.

The Tigers had their chances with three Grade A chances missed, either with a missed redirect or pass through the crease that went through untouched. Olkinuora also made two good saves early in the period to keep the game scoreless for a time.

Notes

Associate athletic director Scott Lowenberg said before the game that Saturday’s contest may be the “most sold-out ever” with people showing up during the day being turned away. The game was officially sold out on Tuesday.

Denver takes 2-0 lead into first intermission

Denver seized control early with Nick Shore rifling a shot over CC senior goalie Joe Howe’s left  should less than five minutes into the game.

Colorado College has taken a 1-0 lead only 10 times out of 30 games so far this season.

DU made it 2-0 when Ty Loney redirected a shot by defenseman Joey LaLeggia only moments into a power play with 8:44 left in the opening period.

The Tigers had their chances with three Grade A chances missed, either with a missed redirect or pass through the crease that went through untouched. Denver goalie Juho Olkinuora also made two good saves early in the period to keep the game scoreless for a time.

Notes

Associate athletic director Scott Lowenberg said before the game that Saturday’s contest may be the “most sold-out ever” with people showing up during the day being turned away. The game was officially sold out on Tuesday.

Tigers take 3-1 lead into third

rylan goldsSophomore Peter Stoykewych fired a hard wrist shot from just inside the blue line through traffic past a screened McNeely to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead with 14:59 left in the second period.

It was the Winnipeg draft pick’s first college goal. Sophomore right wing Charlie Taft was in front of the UMD net and appeared to obscure McNeely’s view of the shot which came off an assist from senior center Rylan Schwartz.

That made it 2-1 and for the first time in a while, the Tigers added to their lead. Rylan Schwartz made a nice pass to an open Alexander Krushelnyski six minutes later to make it 3-1 headed into the break.

With his third assist, Rylan Schwartz moved past Pete Geronazzo, Tom Preissing and Steve Strunk (87 apiece) and into a tie with Jay McNellis for 25th place on CC’s all-time list with 89 for his career. CC assistant Eric Rud is 24th with 90.

UMD scores off turnover, fluky goal to tie game after one

CC Mike Boivin actionA turnover and little bad luck erased an early Colorado College lead during the first period.

Minnesota-Duluth’s Keegan Flaherty forced a turnover by CC’s Jared Hanson and fired a centering pass on net that went in off Tigers defenseman Ian Young with 2:03 left in the opening period to tie the game at 1-1.

The fluky goal erased an early 1-0 CC lead when senior defenseman Mike Boivin scored his 11th of the year when he skated over a step and fired a hard shot high glove side from between the circles to beat UMD freshman goalie Matt McNeely. That power play goal is just the second McNeely has allowed in his last 10 starts.

Duluth ties it up at 1-1

CC Rylan Schwartz vs UNHMinnesota Duluth’s Justin Crandall scored his first since Nov. 30 when he tapped in a loose puck with 8:37 left in the second period to tie the game 1-1 headed into the third.

He has scored all four of his goals this year in series openers. Crandall’s goal came about because Caleb Herbert broke loose in the Tigers zone, skating in from the left side and forcing CC goalie Joe Howe to come out of the net. His shot sailed behind Howe across the goal face to the opposite post where Crandall was waiting.

UMD enjoyed a 28-14 edge in shots through the first two periods including an 11-3 edge in the second period and a 14-0 start only 8:41 into the WCHA game.

As a result, Howe made 17 saves in the first period. That spurt included the Tigers’ league-worst penalty kill handling three minutes of UMD power play (seven shots) before the CC power play generated the team’s first shot of the game; by senior defenseman Mike Boivin with 10:52 left.

CC out shot Duluth 10-3 for the rest of the first period and capitalized on it when freshman Cody Bradley passed from the corner across to the right faceoff circle to freshman Hunter Fejes who skated a couple strides forward and lifted the puck past UMD goalie Matt McNeely’ glove for a 1-0 lead with 1:58 left in the opening period.

Improbably, CC leads 1-0 after one

Colorado College senior goalie Joe Howe made 17 saves as the host Tigers weathered an early storm by Minnesota Duluth, which led in shots on goal by an eye-popping 14-0 margin only 8:41 into the game, beefore CC took a 1-0 lead.

That spurt included the Tigers’ league-worst penalty kill handling three minutes of UMD power play (seven shots) before the CC power play generated the team’s first shot of the game; by senior defenseman Mike Boivin with 10:52 left.

CC out shot Duluth 10-3 for the rest of the period and capitalized on it when freshman Cody Bradley passed from the corner across to the right faceoff circle to freshman Hunter Fejes who skated a couplee strides forward and lifted the puck past UMD goalie Matt McNeely’ glove for a 1-0 lead with 1:58 left in the opening period.

UNO leads 2-1 after one

Nebraska Omaha’s Tanner Lane scored his first college goal only 1:13 into the game as the host Mavericks jumped out to a 1-0 lead.

It was only the start of a wild offensive affair between two of the top three offenses in the WCHA that ended with UNO leading 2-1 after one period.

CC sophomore Charlie Taft went to the backhand to beat UNO senior goalie John Faulkner on a one-on-none breakaway, ending a five-game scoreless skid and knotting the game at 1-1 with 15:18 remaining in the first period. It was the Tigers’ first shot of the game.

UNO went ahead 2-1 when Josh Archibald knocked in a rebound off a hard shot by Matt White after an initial save by CC goalie Josh Thorimbert with 6:42 left. That was less than four minutes after Zahn Raubenheimer had a goal negated by video review because the CC net was knocked off its moorings with 10:32 remaining.

UNO’s Matt White and Dominic Zombo collected the assists on the opening score.

Late goal lifts Huskies to 1-0 lead after one

For the 15th time this season, Colorado College fell behind, trailing 1-0 to No. 17 St. Cloud State after one period.

SCSU freshman Kalle Kossila scored his 10th of the season with 3:19 left in the frame.

It could have been far worse for CC fans; two Husky shots clanged off iron during the first period.

Yale leads Tigers 3-2 after one period

So much for that predicted defensive struggle. Yale leads No. 14 Colorado College 3-2 after one period.

Yale and Colorado College scored a combined three goals in 39 seconds to knot the nonconference game at 2-2 with 14:48 left in the opening period.

Yale took a 1-0 lead only 57 seconds into the contest when Antoine Laganiere skated across the face of the Tigers net to beat CC senior goalie Joe Howe.

CC would answer when a hard shot by senior Rylan Schwartz went off the Yale right post and then bounced back in off the senior forward’s left hip with 15:27 left. The ECAC member Bulldogs attacked quickly off the resulting faceoff, banging in the second rebound to make it 2-1 only 13 seconds later.

The Tiger tied it up 26 ticks later when defenseman Eamonn McDermott’s shot went off the boards and in off the back of Yale goalie Nick Maricic’s right skate as he slid over the cover the post with 14:48 left.

Yale took a 3-2 lead when defenseman Tommy Fallen popped free in front after xxxxx fell down alogn the boards with the puck under him. He righted himself and sent a pass out front to Fallen, who was unmarked while the Tigers looked for the puck.

UNH jumps out to 2-0 lead after one

No. 3 New Hampshire’s defense has lived up to its No. 1 national ranking so far, holding No. 14 Colorado College to only eight shots on goal to move out to a 2-0 lead. It is the fourth game in a row, CC has trailed early.

Casey Thrush put the visiting Wildcats ahead when he skated deep into the Tigers zone to fire a hard shot glove side past CC goalie Josh Thorimbert from short range only two minutes into the nonconference contest.

New Hampshire went ahead 2-0 when a hard shot from just inside the blue line by defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk was stopped by Thorimbert. The puck ended up in Thorimbert’s pads and the puck fell into the goal as he straightened up to look for the puck with 9:11 remaining.

UNH out shot CC 16-8 in the first period.

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