Boivin’s goal with 2.8 seconds left caps thrilling CC comeback

Colorado College defenseman Mike Boivin’s goal with 2.8 seconds left lifted the sixth-ranked Tigers to a thrilling 4-3-come-from-behind win over Alaska-Anchorage at World Arena Saturday night.

The score, which was reviewed for 3 minutes, 42 seconds by video officials, capped a Tigers comeback from down 3-1 early in the second period.

“Rylan had a good screen and the goalie couldn’t see anything,” said Boivin, who scored his second of the night. “I was just trying the get the puck on net. Rylan is good on rebounds in front.”

Schwartz didn’t have to be as the shot went in just inside the far post. Schwartz was shoved into the crease for a moment but did not make contact with UAA goalie Rob Gunderson.

“I was in the crease for a moment but I was out by the time the puck got there,” said Schwartz, who scored a great unassisted goal while CC was on the power play four minutes into the second to make it 3-2 Alaska-Anchorage.

David Civitarese scored an unassisted shorthanded goal seven minutes later to make it 3-3 and give the Tigers momentum headed into the third.

On Schwartz’s goal, the puck was hit up into the air by a falling Seawolves player near the UAA right faceoff circle. It hit Schwartz and ended up going off Schwartz’s body down to his stickblade as he skated between the circles.

He attacked the UAA net and beat a stickless Anchorage defender and Gunderson with 15:56 left in the second.

“It’s a good thing the defender didn’t have a stick,” Schwartz said with a grin.

Civitarese intercepted a UAA pass just inside the Tigers blue line and he split the two defenders to charge in on Gunderson, beating him glove side with 8:47 left in the second.

“After giving up a shorthanded goal (Friday) it was nice to make it 3-3,” Tigers coach Scott Owens said.

CC goalie Josh Thorimbert made 23 saves, 11 in the third, including three in rapid succession with 2:26 remaining to keep the game tied at 3-3 and set the stage for Saturday’s dramatic finish.

“Those three saves by him saved the day,” Owens said.

The video review couldn’t have ended sooner for Owens, who admitted that he, like most of the announced crowd of 6.552 fans, let out a sigh of relief.

“I wanted the game over now,” he said.

While the win makes the fans feel good, the CC defensive problems continued, putting CC behind 3-1 when Brett Cameron popped free unmarked for a goal only two minutes into the second period.

“It wasn’t a game of beauty but I thought we showed a lot of character and resiliency to come back,” Owens said. “We’re not clicking on all cylinders.”

Those same defensive miscues put the Tigers in a 2-0 deficit before a slap shot by Boivin, who recorded his first two-goal game and first game-winner, got past 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 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.

Despite the errors, the Tigers played much-improved team defense – admittedly not saying much – compared to Friday. Boivin credited a more focused effort by the entire team.

“We regrouped today,” Boivin said. “We were a lot stronger on our sticks. Our forwards were making it difficult for their defensemen to get the puck out. That made it a lot easier for our defensemen.”

CC travels to MSU-Mankato, which swept Alabama-Huntsville, next weekend to conclude the first half of the season.

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About paisleyhockey
I am the college hockey writer for the Colorado Springs Gazette focusing on the Atlantic Hockey Association, National Collegiate Hockey Conference and Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

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