UNO leads big after wild second period

Nebraska Omaha erupted for four goals in the first eight minutes of the second period to take a 6-2 command. CC defenseman Mike Boivin recorded his second goal of the second period, a shorthander with 12 seconds left, to give visiting CC some life and trim the hosts’ lead to 6-3 after two complete.

Six goals were scored in the second period, whcih started quickly after the host Mavs scored twice in the first 92 seconds of the middle frame to build a 4-1 lead.

Zahn Raubenheimer skated around CC defenseman Peter Stoykewych only 25 seconds into the second period, and beat CC goalie Josh Thorimbert for his eighth goal of the year and a 3-1 Mavs lead.

Raubenheimer drew a hooking penalty from Stoykewych on the score, setting up UNO’s first power play. That was cashed in a little more than a minute later by Josh Archibald for his second score of the night with 1:32 left in the second period. UNO junior Ryan Walters recorded his third assist of the game on the score, raising his season totals to a Division I-best 31 points with more than 38 minutes left in the WCHA contest.

Colorado College would fight back, cashing in its first power play opportunity when Boivin fired a shot past UNO senior goalie John Faulkner with 16:21 left in the second period to make it 4-2.

Tanner Lane scored off a pass from Dominic Zombo to give the hosts a three-goal lead after a CC defensive breakdown to make it 5-2. Only 25 seconds later, Walters pounced on an unforced CC for his Division I-leading 13th goal.  The puck bounced away from CC defenseman Joe Marciano and ended up  in front of the CC net for an easy goal for Walters with 12:10 left in the second.

CC senior goalie Joe Howe replaced Thorimbert in net. Thorimbert made 12 saves in 27:50 with six goals allowed.

Lane scored his first college goal only 1:13 into the first period 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 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 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.

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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.

One Response to UNO leads big after wild second period

  1. J-Dub says:

    As a Sioux fan, I have to have a soft spot for Dean Blais.

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