On Groundhog Day, the Colorado College Tigers experienced a bit of déjà vu.
A night after allowing a goal with less than 4 minutes remaining to turn a win into a tie, the Tigers did the same thing again on the road against Alaska-Anchorage. The Seawolves’ Scott Warner took a pass from Matt Bailey in a 6-on-5 empty-net situation and scored the game-tying goal with 1:13 remaining to help UAA salvage a 3-3 tie against Colorado College on Saturday night.
Both teams had power-play chances in overtime, but were unable to break the tie, leaving both with two points from the weekend’s two-game tilt. The Tigers (10-14-4, 7-10-3 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) are 2-2-2 in their past six games and have a home-and-home series looming against archrival Denver on Friday and Saturday.
“It was a great back-and-forth game,” CC coach Scott Owens said. “We showed a lot of character by coming back like we did, and anyone could have won it in the end. But, given the fact that we were as short-handed as we were (without injured Aaron Harstad and then Scott Winkler getting booted), I was proud of the effort.”
CC got off to another slow start, falling into a 2-0 hole after allowing power-play goals by Austin Coldwell in the first and Bailey in the second. The Seawolves (3-16-7, 1-15-6) got Bailey’s goal and could have added to it after Winkler was called for a five-minute major and game misconduct 2:23 into the second for checking a UAA player hard from behind into the boards.
A pair of penalties, however, nullified that advantage for Alaska-Anchorage, and CC cut the lead to 2-1 with 2:24 remaining in the second on a Mike Boivin goal off a Rylan Schwartz pass. Tigers captain William Rapuzzi, an Anchorage native, delighted his hometown crowd by scoring a backhanded goal against UAA goalie Chris Kamal to tie the game on a penalty shot after Coldwell tripped him on a breakaway.
Archie Skalbeck put CC up 3-2 with a shot over Kamal’s right shoulder that found the net with just 3:19 remaining, but the lead was short-lived.