Colorado College came into the National Collegiate Hockey Conference series with four defensemen in the top 10 for blocked shots, including three in the top four in league play. They added to that with 21 blocks, including eight during a strong first period.

"We have quietly been a good defensive team," Tigers coach Scott Owens said. 'Part of that has been our penalty kill and some of it has been our shot blocking, especially by our defensemen."

On Friday, juniors Aaron Harstad led the way with four blocks to lead the NCHC (3.11) while junior Ian Young (three Friday) maintained his average of three. Senior Eamonn McDermott made three Friday to improve to 2.57.


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In the modern era, the longest it took CC to win its second game was during the 1990-91 season under former coach Brad Buetow, when the Tigers downed Michigan Tech 6-5 in Houghton on Dec. 7, 1990 after starting the season 1-14-1. They finished 13-26-1 and lost in the first round of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs to Northern Michigan that season. Earlier, the Tigers opened the 1987-88 season 0-9-1 and that finished 4-33-1. . . Saturday's Tigers-Huskies game will be televised in Colorado Springs on SoCo CW (Comcast channel 7, DirecTV and Dish 57) starting at 6?p.m.. . Three Europeans started Friday's game including two Finns for SCSU (sophomore center Kalle Kossila, freshman defenseman Niklas Nevalainen) and CC rookie defenseman Gustav Olofsson of Sweden. . Two CC alums officiated Friday's game; referee Dan Dreger and linesman Brandon Polich. . Colorado College now leads the all-time series by a 46-35-7 margin and is 20-14-5 in 39 previous road encounters against the Huskies despite losing twice (5-3, 3-1) there last December.