With a number of personnel questions remaining, there are two things Colorado College fans can take away from Saturday's 5-0 exhibition win over New Brunswick.
Senior Alexander Krushelnyski is ready for a huge final season and freshmen will contribute big time.
The wing scored three goals less than four minutes apart in the third period to help CC pull away before an announced crowd of 5,020 at World Arena.
Since it was an exhibition, Krushelnyski was focused on things besides his hat trick.
"I'm more impressed with the jump the freshmen (seven points) made from practice to playing a game," he said. "They gave us a glimpse of what they can do and can contribute. "
Krushelnyski flipped in a rebound with 13:23 remaining and 11:09 left and then tapped in a perfect pass by freshman center Sam Rothstein, who assisted all the Detroit-area senior's scores, with 9:44 left. The first two scores came on the power play, which went 3-for-7.
"As a senior and a go-to guy it was good to see that from him," CC coach Scott Owens said. "(Freshman Alex) Roos and Rothstein were strong."
It wasn't only those three who enjoyed strong performances, Owens was quick to add. Freshmen defensemen Gustav Olofsson and Jaccob Slavin both lived up to their preseason clippings.
"They looked like veterans out there," Owens said. "All the freshmen looked good."
Less than five minutes into the first period, Roos scored when he reached out with his stick to control a clearing pass by defenseman Ian Young, who later scored CC's fifth goal. Roos deflected the puck high up into the air from near center ice. It bounced past surprised UNB starter Charles Lavigne (29 saves).
That fluky goal was enough thanks to strong play by senior goalie Josh Thorimbert (nine saves), freshman Tyler Marble (12) and junior Courtney Lockwood (nine).
"Josh looked like a veteran and made a couple good saves," Owens said. "Tyler was tested and played stronger as the (second) period went on. Courtney came in after waiting two periods and stood tall."