Colorado College hockey scores most goals in almost 23 years in 10-2 season-opening win at Alaska-Anchorage

UAA-CC warmupsColorado College hockey is off to a flying start judging from an eye-popping 10-2 win at Alaska-Anchorage late Saturday night.

The Tigers reeled off 10 goals – four in the first and second periods, two in the third – to record the most goals by the National Collegiate Hockey Conference program since the WCHA days. The host Seawolves had led 1-0 midway in the first period.

The last time CC scored 10 goals was a 10-2 home win over Mercyhurst on Nov. 30, 2002. The 10 goals are the most on the road since a 10-1 win at Northern Michigan. on Oct. 28, 1995. Later that season, CC downed Cornell 11-0 on neutral ice on Dec. 27, 1995 during the Denver Cup.

Seniors Trevor Gooch and Westin Michaud both scored twice.

“It’s a great way to start our senior year.” Michaud told 1240 AM. “(UAA) is a very angry team. It will be a hard-fought game tomorrow night.”

Four scored their first goal in a Tigers uniform — junior Chris Wilkie and freshmen Ben Copeland, Erik Middendorf and Grant Cruikshank. Junior Alex Berardinelli and senior Ben Israel also scored.

“I like the way we finished,” CC coach Mike Haviland said.

It was the first time CC scored four goals in a period since a 7-4 win at UMass on Oct. 8, 2016. They did it twice on Saturday night.

CC’s top line recorded a single assist in the night — senior Mason Bergh.

“It shows how deep this team is,” Middendorf said. “We know they’re going to get it going. We see how hard they work in practice.”

Game 2 starts at 7 p.m. Mountain with live coverage on 1240 AM/105.5 FM KRDO in the Colorado Springs area.

In other games of interest to CC fans:

Regular season

No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth 1, No. 13 Minnesota 1

DULUTH — Peter Krieger scored a power-play goal for Duluth early in the third period. Hunter Shepard made 27 saves. The Gophers were paced by Mat Robson’s 31 stops.

Miami 5, Alabama-Huntsville 1

OXFORD — Derek Dascke and Gordie Green each recorded a goal and an assist to pace the RedHawks. Chargers goalie Mark Sinclair stopped 31 of 36 Miami shots. UAH plays at CC next weekend.

Vermont 5, No. 4 Michigan 2

ANN ARBOR — Catamounts goalie Stefanos Lekkas made 48 saves, include 23 in the third period, to stifle the Wolverines.

Alex Esposito and Max Kaufman each scored twice. CC hosts Vermont Dec. 7-8.

Arizona State 2, Alaska 0

TEMPE — The host Sun Devils scored twice in 30 seconds midway through the first period. CC plays at ASU Dec. 14-15.

Lake Superior State 5, Merrimack 4

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. — The WCHA’s Lakers scored the only goal in the third period to break a 4-4 tie and pull off a road win at Hockey East’s Merrimack College. CC plays at Merrimack on Dec. 31.

Bowling Green 8, Mercyhurst 2

ERIE, Pa. — Stephen Baylis scored a natural hat trick to propel the WCHA Falcons past the Lakers, who are expected to contend in Atlantic Hockey this season. Baylis scored his first two goals only 97 seconds apart in the second period to make it 5-0 BGSU. He added his third goal five minutes into the third for a 6-0 edge.

NCHC exhibition scores: North Dakota 3, Manitoba 2 OT; Denver 6, Alberta 4; Western Michigan 4, Lethbridge 1

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