Tigers can't complain with results in exhibition

October 7, 2012
photo - CC's Rylan Schwartz controls the puck in front of British Columbia's Cole Pruden in the first period. Photo by MARK REIS, THE GAZETTE
CC's Rylan Schwartz controls the puck in front of British Columbia's Cole Pruden in the first period. Photo by MARK REIS, THE GAZETTE 

Colorado College coach Scott Owens got what he wanted out of Sunday’s exhibition game against British Columbia at World Arena.

Owens’ squad scored on the power play, while short-handed and at even strength in its 3-1 victory over the Thunderbirds.

Freshman Cody Bradley, junior Archie Skalbeck and senior Scott Winkler all had goals.

“It was a good game for us,” said Owens, who is in his 14th season at CC. “We got to play 24 guys, all three goalies got to play and played pretty well, and we got to kill penalties. We probably should have scored in the first 8 or 9 minutes of the third period and put the game out of reach, instead of letting them hang around though.”

British Columbia appeared to cut the CC lead to 3-2 with 6:14 remaining, but the goal was waved off due to goalie interference against senior Joe Howe.

CC finished with a 36-21 shot advantage and killed five of the Thunderbirds six power plays.

Bradley put the Tigers on the board with a power-play goal with 5:46 remaining in the first period off an assist by Ian Young. Skalbeck made it 2-0 with 8:41 left in the second with a goal from a Charlie Taft pass.

With 1:48 on the clock in the second and the Tigers shorthanded, Scott Winkler took a Peter Stoykewych pass and scored to give CC a three-goal advantage. The Thunderbirds struck back with 56.1 seconds remaining in the period on a power-play goal by Scott MacDonald against sophomore goalie Courtney Lockwood.

“We’re all excited to get the season going, and this was a stepping stone for us,” Skalbeck said. “It’s nice to get a victory and play well.”

Owens platooned all three of his goalies, with Josh Thorimbert playing the first, Lockwood the second and Howe the third period. Howe made 10 saves, Thorimbert six and Lockwood four.
It will take months for Owens to fine-tune his lineup, and Sunday’s exhibition was the first step in that direction.

“It’s a little bit of a mixed bag, but I think it’s more good than bad,” Owens said. “It’s a good starting point for us and for what we have to work on. I’m not jumping for joy, but I thought it was a pretty good start for us.”

The Tigers begin the season Friday and Saturday against Clarkson University at the World Arena.

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