Saturday reading: CC-UND video highlights; stories and column

CC Collett_CU1Here is the coverage from the Gazette and the Grand Forks Herald including a column about the motivated Tigers seeking redemption from last month’s  heartbreaking loss.

Here are game highlights for both teams provided by Goon’s World.

Last-second save secures Minnesota win

Minnesota goalie Kent Patterson made the big save when needed, stoning Jeff Collett‘s attempt with five seconds remaining to preserve the host Gophers 2-1 win over visiting CC Saturday night.

“It’s disappointing to have a one-goal game on the road and not take advantage of the opportunities we had,” CC assistant Eric Rud said in a radio interview. “”We came out firing and competed all night long, We weren’t happy with just two points (goals) on Friday. Minnesota is a good team especially at home. They didn’t give us many chances to generate much offense.”

The win puts Minnesota in sole possession of first place in the WCHA, ahead of No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth, which is playing Alabama-Huntsville this weekend.

The goalies shined all weekend with both potent offenses, averaging four goals each, managing six goals total in 120 minutes. Josh Thorimbert made 38 and 35 saves during the series.

“He was exceptional this weekend,” Rud said. “He was very calm and cool. He gave our guys a lot of confidence this weekend. It settles everything down in our defensive zone. It gets everything going in the right direction.”

There were certainly no soft goals allowed on Saturday.

Nico Sachetti scored a rare goal for Minnesota to stake the host Gophers to a 2-1 lead headed into the third period at Mariucci. A second power play goal by Nate Condon was waved off after a lengthy video review because of an earlier hand pass.

CC sophomore Jaden Schwartz’s one-timer off assists from Collett and Rylan Schwartz gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead late in the first period, but Minnesota’s  Condon scored his fifth shorthanded goal later to tied the game at 1-1 headed into first intermission.

Jaden’s one-timer was perfect with no pause as he blasted the centering pass from Collett.

“We came here on a mission to play better,” Rud said. “We’re very happy with a lot of things. If our power play kicks in one a night, these games are quite different.

CC plans to use its bye week to focus on improving a dormant power play, Rud said.

Tigers and Gophers tied at 1-1

CC sophomore Jaden Schwartz’s one-timer off assists from Jeff Collett and Rylan Schwartz gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead late in the first period, but Minnesota’s Nate Condon scored his fifth shorthanded goal later to tied the game at 1-1 headed into first intermission.

Jaden’s one-timer was perfect with no pause before blasting the centering pass from Collett.

Updated Thursday reading: News, previews and updates

CC will need to show more of this competitive fire for all 60 minutes to win at Minnesota this weekend.

There’s been some good beat work this week. Here’s my attempt to catchup with all of it.

Here’s an update on CC’s opponent, Minnesota, including lines and injuries and CC’s preview notes.

North Dakota’s injury troubles continue and other updates.

The emotions of the league race are heating up of late with UNO coach Dean Blais commenting on Dominic Zombo‘s one-game suspension and some harsh words after the incidents involving Minnesota and North Dakota.

It’s not just in the WCHA. Yale’s coach was reprimanded and the CCHA handed out some suspensions as well.

Nebraska-Omaha leans on its good penalty kill.

No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth plays at home for the first time in 63 days, which makes its recent 14-1-3 run all the more impressive.

The new-look WCHA will have a 28-game conference schedule in 2013-14. That may limit the Big Ten and NCHC’s chances at lining up a lot of nonconference games with them.

Minnesota State in Mankato is looking to improve the Verizon Wireless Center so the men’s and women’s hockey teams can make that arena their home seven days a week, instead of just game days. It’s great to see the state and school investing more in the program.

St. Cloud State goalie Nathan Hardy is profiled. Here’s North Dakota’s preview notes.

The Gazette has started doing daily podcasts including this one on Jeff Collett moving up to the top line at right wing. Here’s Wednesday’s podcast about Gabe Guentzel facing his father. This story deals with how the CC coaches are trying to motivate the Tigers out of their 2-3-1 idling since winter break.

Here’s an update on Alaska-Anchorage’s academic troubles including a correction and the WCHA players of the week. Here are preview notes for Alaska Anchorage’s trip to Wisconsin.

Friday’s lines: CC at MSU-Mankato

Colorado College

LW-C-RW

Skalbeck/R. Schwartz/Rapuzzi

Krushenyski/Dineen/Hamburg

Eveland/Civitarese/Collett

Morin/Hall/Taft

LD-RD

Guentzel/McDermott

Harstad/Marciano

Stoykewych/Boivin

Goalies – Thorimbert/Howe

From Puckato, which is hosting a live game blog both nights.
MINNESOTA STATE
23-Dorr     14-Jokinen     22-McInnis
15-Burkemper     19-Lehrke     25-Hayes
12-LaFontaine     18-Leitner     8-Gaede
24-Mueller     29-Zuck     9-Louwerse3-Cooper     26-Schiller
7-Palmquist     16-Elbrecht
17-Mosey     2-Nelson

1-Lee
31-Karambelas
30-Cook

Scratches: Grant, Heath, Knoll, Leivermann, Stern, Thauwald

Defensive struggles put CC behind 2-1 after one

Colorado College’s defensive troubles continued, putting the Tigers in a 2-0 deficit before a slap shot by defenseman Mike Boivin, his third goal of the year, got past Alaska-Anchorage goalie Rob Gunderson to make it 2-1 headed into the first intermission.

Boivin’s goal, assisted by Jeff Collett, came 62 seconds after Brett Cameron scored off a great pass from Mickey Spencer, who intercepted a clearing attempt by Archie Skalbeck to make it 2-0 with 4:30 remaining.

Skalbeck’s misfire on defense was indicative of the troubles CC has battled in their own end this season. A defensive zone coverage mistake led to the opening goal for Alaska-Anchorage early in the period.

Alaska-Anchorage freshman Eric Scheid banged in a rebound after Tigers goalie Josh Thorimbert made a great first save on a shot by Austin Coldwell. No CC skater was in position to beat Scheid, who was unmarked, to the loose puck with 12:15 left for the 1-0 lead.

A quick whistle by the referee negated a power-play goal by Archie Skalbeck less than two minutes later. CC played better than Friday (that is not saying a lot) and generated far more scoring chances with a 19-8 edge in shots on goal.

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