Colorado College freshmen get opportunities right away
The Colorado College rookies made their mark quickly during the season-opener.
Freshman Alex Roos started at right wing and also played on the first power-play unit with Sam Rothstein and rookie defensemen Gustav Olofsson and Jaccob Slavin.
Rothstein was on the fourth line along with freshman right wing Matt Hansen and junior Scott Wamsganz while Roos was with seniors Alexander Krushelnyski and Archie Skalbeck, who centers the trio.
It's not surprising the freshmen got their opportunities so quickly. Their play adds to the stiff competition for ice time.
"That's a good thing to have this time of year," said CC assistant Eric Rud, who oversees the forwards. "As a group, they all bring something different that will contribute, whether it's as a grinder, speed or a skill guy."
Arrive early for Winkler pre-game ceremony
All fans are asked to be in their seats at World Arena by 6:45 p.m. to avoid missing any of the pre-game, on-ice ceremony honoring the late Scott Winkler, a former Tiger who died this summer.
Former players Ted Behrend, Ryan Lowery, Tyler O'Brien and William Rapuzzi will be on hand along with members of the Winkler family, including his father Rod and sister Karina. The school held a dress rehearsal on Wednesday.
"It will be our chance to honor him, pray for him and remember him," Tigers coach Scott Owens said.
Less than 800 tickets remain. For tickets: CCTigers.com/Tickets, 719-576-2626 or World Arena Box Office.
The last time UMD and the Tigers played outside of WCHA regular season or postseason play was in 1964-65 when the Bulldogs, in their final year as a NCAA Division I independent, swept Colorado College (4-3 in overtime and 5-3) in their opening road series of the year. . UMD freshman center Dominic Toninato completes the school's 11th father-son playing combination. Dominic's dad, Jim Toninato, was a four-year forward (1982-86) with the Bulldogs. Junior defenseman Derik Johnson's father, Jim Johnson, is also an alumnus (1981-85).