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CC hockey notes: Power play struggles continue

November 9, 2013 Updated: November 9, 2013 at 10:01 pm
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Colorado College's continued lack of production while on the power play - now at 1 for 37 and last among the 59 Division I teams - hurt the Tigers in Friday's tie and later shootout loss.

"The difference Friday was we did not get that second goal while on the power play," Tigers coach Scott Owens said. "Making it 2-0 would have made a big difference in that kind of game."

On Friday, the Tigers were hesitant to shoot even during a 5-on-3 advantage that lasted 69 seconds.

CC maintained possession and moved the puck around but would not fire.

"It's close," senior wing Alexander Krushelnyski said. "It just needs to have that trigger pulled. It's frustrating for sure but we cannot hang our heads."

There was progress but the power play remained scoreless since Oct.?18.

On Saturday, the Tigers fired four shots during its 5-on-3 chance in the opening period. In the second, CC managed six shots during a five-minute advantage.

That 0-for-5 showing Friday dropped the Tigers to 3 percent with the man advantage, a precipitous dip when compared to the 17.1 percent (25 goals) enjoyed last season. Unfortunately, the players who scored 23 of those goals, led by Mike Boivin's seven tallies, graduated.

Ice chips

CC has played in three shootouts so far, including the two exhibition games, and have gone 0 for 8 since the two exhibitions went the full three shooters in the best-of-three format adopted by the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. Making things worse is Tiger opponents are a perfect 8 for 8. . Tigers sophomore defenseman Michael King played for the first time since suffering a hip injury that required offseason surgery, on Jan.?4 at Nebraska-Omaha, a 8-4 loss. . Capitals scout Wil Nichols was in attendance. . Pioneers junior right wing Matt Tabrum of Colorado Springs played in both games.

JOE PAISLEY, THE GAZETTE

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