Tigers hold off North Dakota for 5-3 win

CC senior Scott Winkler finished off a strong November with an explanation point on Friday night.

The senior center from Asker, Norway recorded two goals and two assists to power No. 18 Colorado College past visiting No. 7 North Dakota 5-3 before an announced crowd of 6,695 fans at Colorado Springs World Arena.

Winkler, who surpassed his season-high already with 10 goals, scored his second goal on a long rebound for a 5-2 lead only 20 seconds after North Dakota’s Drake Caggiula had trimmed the Tigers lead to 4-2 with 7:18 remaining. Winkler, a Dallas Stars draft pick,  is only one goal from doubling his career scoring total (11 goals, including seven as a junior) from the previous three seasons. He recorded 14 points (seven goals) in November.

“It’s feeling stronger – working out in the summer; older — more responsibility; and you are being put out there more in key situations,” Winkler said. “It is kind of a combination of those three.”

CC senior goalie Joe Howe performed well, making 44 saves, including matching a season-high for one period with 16 saves in the first for the Tigers (8-6-1, 5-2 WCHA).  Caggiula scored his second of the period with 1:05 left for the final margin.

“Joe Howe was outstanding,” said Tigers coach Scott Owens. “He set the tone right away with some big saves early. It was a big league win for us against a good opponent.”

The key was a better defensive effort by the Tigers, which gave up 47 shots on goal Friday after allowing 97 last weekend. Giving up 47 made Owens want to review e game tape before commenting, but Howe was convinced.

“Definitely,” Howe said. “(North Dakota) threw a lot of rubber on net because they knew we had given up a lot of shots and goals last weekend. Our forwards really stepped up and blocked shots. Sometimes they would make three or four in a row at the end of a shift, which is great support for a goalie to have.”

CC senior captain William Rapuzzi banged in a rebound early in the third period after Winkler’s attempt down low was stopped by North Dakota junior goalie Clarke Saunders to make it 3-1. Winkler later added a wrap-around goal to make it 4-1 with 8:15 left in the game for the eventual game-winning goal against North Dakota (6-5-2, 3-2-2 WCHA).

CC junior Alexander Krushelnyski collected a loose puck along the boards and sent a pass in front to Winkler whose short-range attempt ended up being a rebound for Rapuzzi, who was unmarked in the UND zone, and scored with 18:57 left in the third.

Krushelnyski scored on a backhander a moment after he initially mishandled a crossing pass from Winkler to put Colorado College ahead 2-1 less than three minutes after North Dakota had tied the WCHA game. Krushelnyski finished with a goal and three assists, a career high. Sophomore linemate Charlie Taft recorded his first college playmaker.

“I feel like we have kind of been finding each other more and more as the season goes on,” Winkler said. “I knew we would keep building together as a line.”

Winkler’s crossing pass from along the boards went to Krushelnyski, who was covered by North Dakota defenseman Jordan Schmaltz. The CC junior skated toward the corner from between the circles and flicked the puck on net, perhaps using Schmaltz as a screen to beat Saunders high glove side.

CC came close to pulling away in the second period with Mike Boivin sending one shot off the crossbar with 5:04 left in the second and another power-play shot by the senior blue-liner deflecting off the right post after hitting a UND defender in front with 2:43 remaining.

North Dakota senior Joe Gleason scored his second career goal, both coming at World Arena, to tie the game at 1-1. His shot from the point came after UND won yet another faceoff with 13:49 left in the second.

UND senior Corban Knight won the draw cleanly to set up Gleason’s shot through traffic that clanged in off the right post past Howe’s glove.

CC freshman Jared Hanson fired a hard shot just inside the far corner, blowing past North Dakota junior goalie Clarke Saunders’s glove to make it 1-0 CC with 12:25 left in the first period to capitalize on a three-on-one breakaway.

It was CC’s first 1-0 lead since Nov. 9 against Bemidji State and only the third time this season (15 games). It was Hanson’s second straight game with a goal since scoring his first as a Tiger against Yale last Saturday.

No. 18 Colorado College 5, No. 7 North Dakota 3

North Dakota     0              1              2              — 3

Colorado College              1              1              3              –5

First period – 1. CC, Hanson (Morin, Collett) 7:35. Penalties – UND, St. Clair, interference, 4:49; CC, Marciano, roughing, 4:49; UND, Rodwell, roughing, 4:49; CC, Collett, roughing, 10:08; UND, Rodwell, goalie interference, 10:08; UND, Rowney, tripping, 16:05; CC, Boivin, tripping, 17:05.

Second period – 2, North Dakota, Gleason (Knight) 6:11; 3. Colorado College, Krushelnyski (Winkler, Taft) 9:32. Penalties – UND, MacWilliam, hooking, 15:35.

Third period – 4. Colorado College, Rapuzzi (Winkler, Krushelnyski) 1:03; 5. Colorado College, Winkler (Taft, Krushelnyski) 11:45; 6. North Dakota Caggiula (Grimaldi, Mattson) 12:42; 7. Colorado College, Winkler (Krushelnyski, Taft) 13:02; 8. North Dakota, Cagula (Forbort, Gaarder) 18:55 (PP). Penalties – CC, Boivin, holding, 14:42; CC, Winkler, cross checking, 17:06.

Power play – North Dakota 1-3, Colorado College 0-3. Shots on goal – North Dakota 16-14-17 – 47; Colorado College 8-7-11 – 26. Saves-minutes – North Dakota, Saunders 7-6-8 –57:28; Colorado College, Howe 16-13-15 – 60:00, Referees – Anderson, Mousseaux. Linesmen – Keltie, Stankevich, Attendance – 6,695.

Tigers holding on to 2-1 lead

Alexander Krushelnyski scored on a backhander a moment after he initially mishandled a crossing pass from Tigers senior Scott Winkler to put Colorado College ahead 2-1 less than three minutes after North Dakota had tied the WCHA game.

Winkler’s crossing pass form along the boards went to Krushelnyski, who was covered by a North Dakota defender. He skated toward the corner from between the circles and flicked the puck on net, perhaps using the defender as a screen to beat North Dakota junior goalie Clarke Saunders high glove side.

CC came close to pulling away with Mike Boivin sending on shot off the crossbar with 5:04 left in the second and another power-play shot by the senior blue-liner deflecting off the right post after a redirect in front with 2:43 remaining.

North Dakota senior Joe Gleason scored his second career goal, both coming at Colorado Springs World Arena, to tie the game at 1-1. His shot from the pint came after UND won yet another faceoff with 13:49 left in the second.

UND senior Corban Knight won the draw cleanly to set up the shot through traffic that clanged in off the right post past CC senior goalie Joe Howe’s glove.

CC freshman Jared Hanson fired a hard shot just inside the far corner, blowing past North Dakota junior goalie Clarke Saunders’s glove to make it 1-0 CC with 12:25 left in the first period to capitalize on a three-on-one breakaway.

It was CC’s first 1-0 lead since Nov. 9 against Bemidji State. It was Hanson’s second straight game with a goal since scoring his first as a Tiger against Yale last Saturday.

North Dakota enjoyed a 21-7 edge in faceoffs had a 16-8 edge in shots, forcing Howe to tie a season-high with 16 saves in one period..

Tigers ride good start to 1-0 lead

Jared Hanson fired a hard shot just inside the far corner, blowing past North Dakota junior goalie Clarke Saunders’s glove to make it 1-0 CC with 12:25 left in the first period to capitalize on a three-on-one breakaway.

It was CC’s first 1-0 lead since Nov. 9 against Bemidji State. It was Hanson’s second straight game with a goal since scoring his first as a Tiger against Yale last Saturday.

North Dakota enjoyed a 20-6 edge in faceoffs with three minutes left and has a 16-8 edge in shots.

Friday’s lines: No. 7 North Dakota at No. 18 CC

kristoNorth Dakota

LW-C-RW

MacMillan-Knight-Kristo

Caggiula-Rowney-Grimaldi

Pattyn-St. Clair-Rodwell

Senkbeil-Gaarder-O’Donnell

LD-RD

MacWilliam-Mattson

Simpson-Gleason

Forbort-Schmaltz

Goalies – Saunders, Gothberg

Colorado College

LW-C-RW

Skalbeck-Schwartz-Rapuzzi

Krushelnyski-Winkler-Taft

Fejes-Bradley-Hamburg

Morin-Collett-Hanson

LD-RD

Stoykewych-Boivin

Harstad-McDermott

Young-Marciano

Goalies — Howe, Thorimbert, Lockwood.

In the pros: Dineen receives league’s monthly award

Dineen FinlandThe article is in Finnish but based on what his father Dick Dineen told me and what I could glean from an online translator, former Tigers captain Nick Dineen was named as player of the month for the Mestis League in Finland for the month of November.

He is tied for the KooKoo team lead with 19 points (nine goals) in 26 games, which puts him in 10th in the league.

Here is the article and a recent video interview:

Times set for Mariuccci Classic

The Air Force hockey team will compete in the annual Mariucci Classic in Minneapolis, Minn., Dec. 29-30. Top-ranked Boston College will face Alabama-Huntsville in the tournament’s first game, Saturday, Dec. 29, at 4 p.m. CT in Mariucci Arena. Air Force will face the host school, third-ranked Minnesota, on Saturday, Dec. 29, at 7 p.m. The Air Force-Minnesota game will be televised lived on Fox Sports North.

On Sunday, Dec. 30, Air Force will meet Alabama-Huntsville at 4 p.m. while Minnesota will host Boston College at 7 p.m.

The tournament, which traditionally features a championship game on the second day of competition, will step away from that format this year. Since all four matchups are predetermined, the tournament champion will be the team with the best overall record. In the event of teams having an identical record the first tiebreaker will be goal differential. The second tiebreaker is the fewest amount of goals allowed.

Friday reading: Video, columns, predictions, features, previews

North Dakota released its weekly preview video:

Here is this week’s USCHO column on the WCHA. I wrote about CC’s defense, Mark Zengerle, the players of the week and provided the quick hits.

Here are my predictions for this weekend.

Here is the Gazette’s preview for the North Dakota at CC series. The Grand Forks Heralds says UND wants to generate greasy goals and keep an eye on senior Rylan Schwartz, who leads a potent Tigers offense. You may recall he had hat tricks two nights in a row at Grand Forks last Thanksgiving. Those links and plenty of others are provided here. More links including info on video streaming is included in links found here.

Puckato provides links to preview from all around the WCHA on his morning blog post. Check it out.

Here is a preview of the Wisconsin at Denver series focusing on the college debut of freshman Nic Kerdiles tonight, which will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network at 8 p.m. Mountain. Goalie Juho Olkinuora will start for Denver on Friday with Sam Brittain slated for Saturday, the Denver Post reports.

Here are capsules previews for all three series being played along the Front Range this weekend and a more detailed DU preview with an injury update on Josiah Didier.

Here is the NBC SN schedule this weekend:

Nov. 30 – Boston College vs. Boston University, 7:30 p.m. Eastern, Wisconsin vs. Denver, 10 p.m.

Dec. 1 – Boston University vs. Boston College, 7:30 p.m.

The NBC executives certainly picked the right games: BC coach Jerry York is one win away from tying Ron Mason for most Division 1 wins all time.