The Colorado College hockey team keeps learning hard lessons.
For the second straight game, the Tigers lost in overtime. Western Michigan freshman Kyle Novak fired a hard shot that Colorado College goalie Josh Thorimbert was unable to squeeze between his chest pad and arm.
The puck landed behind the senior, who fell backward looking to cover the puck.
Instead, it squirted out from under him as he hit the ice and went into the net to end the National Collegiate Hockey Conference game, 3-2, only 1:52 into overtime Friday at Lawson Ice Arena.
The goal by Broncos freshman Kyle Novak completed the hosts comeback after CC took a 2-0 lead in the first 12 minutes of the opening period.
It is the first back-to-back overtime losses for the Tigers (1-4) since Nov. 29 and Dec. 5, 1986.
"We deserved a better fate than we got but we have to earn it," Tigers coach Scott Owens said. "We need to get mentally tougher."
Senior Archie Skalbeck scored his first goal of the season after he corralled a loose puck by the left post and skated across the front to fire a hard shot that got past WMU junior goalie Frank Slubowski high glove side to make it 1-0 Tigers with 13:04 left in the first period.
The score came less than 10 seconds after the first CC power play ended and before the Broncos Thomas Nitsche could get from the penalty box to Skalbeck.
Freshman Alex Roos made it 2-0, snagging a rebound off a shot by Cody Bradley that was set up by Alexander Krushelnyski. Roos collected the puck, spun and fired it past Slubowski with 7:54 left in the first period.
"We need to learn how to finish teams off," Owens said.
But, Western Michigan would answer 65 seconds later when Shane Berschbach forced a CC turnover in neutral ice sparking a 2-on-1 breakaway for Josh Pitt and Justin Kovacs.
Pitt made a pass across to Kovacs to beat Thorimbert and make it a 2-1 game with 6:49 left in the first period.
"It was very important to get that 2-1 goal," WMU coach Andy Murray said. "I want to credit CC. We knew they would come out playing hard. They had a couple tough losses last weekend and their coaches had them ready."
Western Michigan tied it up at 2-2 when Jordan Oesterle lifted in a rebound after the referees ruled that a CC defenseman drove Will Kessel into Thorimbert, who was looking for a goalie interference call with 2:26 left in the opening period. Thorimbert made the save on Kessel's initial shot.