Colorado College built itself too big a hole to climb out of against Minnesota on Friday night.
The visiting Gophers jumped out to a 2-0 lead to quiet most of the 6,878 fans at World Arena and went on for a 4-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Association road victory.
Colorado College (3-3-1, 1-2 WCHA) made it a game with a strong second period.
Tigers freshmen Jaden Schwartz completed a 2-on-1 breakaway, scoring off a pass from Tyler Johnson to make it 2-1 headed into the third period.
William Rapuzzi controlled the puck in the neutral zone and bounced a pass off the boards to Johnson, who skated toward the middle with two Gopher defenders converging on him.
Schwartz came in unmarked to Johnson’s right and beat Minnesota goalie Kent Patterson with a one-timer high glove side. It was Schwartz’s team-leading fifth goal.
“We did battle back,” Tigers coach Scott Owens said. “But we just can’t get over the hump offensively. Tonight was an opportunity for others to step up and score but it was Jaden Schwartz scoring.”
Visiting Minnesota (4-3, 2-3) took advantage of some CC miscues to take the 2-0 lead.
A turnover forced by Minnesota’s Ness led to a 2-on-1 short-handed breakaway and goal for the Gophers with 9-07 left in the first period. Erik Haula scored on a pass from Jay Barriball.
It was the second Friday in a row CC’s power play unit gave up a short-handed score and went 0-for-6.
Taylor Matson later knocked in a rebound off a shot by Kevin Wehrs with 1:26 left for the 2-0 lead.
“They’re too good in transition to make mistakes against,” Owens said. “We made one on the power play and again late in the period, which was a killer.”
Matson redirected a hard slap shot by Aaron Ness for his second goal of the game to make it 3-1 with 3:01 left in the game.
An empty-net goal completed the scoring with 15.5 seconds left.