Senior wing Michael Morin will bask in adulation of the home fans for the final time on Saturday.
"It will be bittersweet," said Morin, who has 26 career games for three points (two goals) entering the weekend. "It's sad to think that is probably the last game of my hockey career. But I will remember all of the great experiences spending time with my teammates."
Fans are asked to get in their seats by 6:45 p.m. Saturday to avoid missing any of the pregame honors for Jeff Collett, student assistant Dakota Eveland, Alexander Krushelnyski, Eamonn McDermott, Morin, Archie Skalbeck and Josh Thorimbert.
While Morin, who battled injuries throughout his CC career, contributed in many ways to the Tigers.
"He has not played as much as he would like to, but he never faltered in his effort," said CC coach Scott Owens, pointing out the Plymouth, Minn. forward's sense of humor, positive attitude and outgoing personality. "Michael has been a real good Tiger. He's an energy guy who is a hard worker. He's been active in the campus community as well. I have enjoyed coaching him for four years."
Jaden Schwartz drops ceremonial puck
Former Tigers standout Jaden Schwartz took advantage of a road trip to play the Colorado Avalanche to visit his former classmates and drop the ceremonial puck before Friday's home game.
The St. Louis Blues wing (46 points, 27 assists) would have been part of this year's senior class if he had stayed at CC.
"It's pretty cool to see all the guys," he said. "I was pretty excited when I saw we would be in Colorado during senior weekend. They have made it up for a few games and I wanted to return the favor."
The Blues play the Avs at 1 p.m. Saturday.
If CC plays SCSU next weekend, it would be the third time in four seasons it finished the season against its first-round playoff foe.
Wisconsin (2011) and Michigan Tech (2012) were the others.