CC Hockey Notes: Tigers battle challenging stretch

December 8, 2012
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Tigers fighting through tough schedule

Saturday is the eighth consecutive game Colorado College has faced off against a nationally ranked opponent based on this week’s USCHO college hockey rankings.

The Tigers are 1-5-1 during the stretch, not including Saturday night’s result and have been outscored 32-25.

Other than last weekend’s split with No. 9 North Dakota, CC has losses against No. 6 Denver (6-5, 6-2), No. 4 Minnesota (4-2) and No. 15 Yale (6-5 OT). The Tigers tied No. 1 New Hampshire 4-4.

Power-play blunders

Despite having one of the most productive offenses in the WCHA, the Tigers have gone cold on the man advantage.

Since going 2-for-3 on the power play in a 3-2 victory over Bemidji State on Nov. 10 the Tigers have gone 3-for-23 since with the power play advantage entering Saturday night’s game.

CC was 0-for-11 in its last three games on the power play before Rylan Schwartz’s second period power-play goal Saturday night.

Owens makes small lineup changes

Freshman Michael King made his second appearance of the season Saturday night filling in for the injured Aaron Harstad (upper-body). King, listed at six-foot-four-inches and 227 pounds, is the biggest player on the Tiger’s roster and can possibly bring a presence to the defensive blue line.

King was slotted on the team’s third defensive pairing with Ian Young while Joe Marciano replaced Harstad on the second unit with Eamonn McDermott.

Scott Wamsganz took the place of Hunter Fejes at left winger on the Tiger’s third line. Wamsganz has one assist in 12 games this season.

Schwartz cracks CC top 50 all-time scoring list

Speaking of Schwartz, his second period power play goal Saturday night moved him into a tie with Toby Petersen (1996-00) and Doug Clarke (1983-85, ’86-87) for 47th place on the program’s all-time scoring list with 128 career points (48g, 80a).

Colorado College to hit the road

Saturday marks the end of the Tigers’ six-game home stand and the team will hit the road for five of the next six weekend series. Colorado College returns to the World Arena on Jan. 18 for a weekend series against Minnesota Duluth.

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