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CC hockey notes: Senior Night set for Saturday

February 24, 2017 Updated: February 24, 2017 at 6:45 pm
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Colorado College Tigers defenseman Cole McCaskill (5) skates the puck up ice in the third period against the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs. The CC Tigers hosted the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs in ice hockey on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at The Broadmoor World. Photo by Isaiah J. Downing

Senior Night is Saturday

Fans are asked to settle into their Broadmoor World Arena seats about 15 minutes before the 6:05 p.m. scheduled start of Saturday's home finale for a pregame ceremony recognizing the six Colorado College seniors.

They are: captain Sam Rothstein, assistant captain Luc Gerdes, Matt Hansen, Christian Heil, Derek Shatzer and student assistant Zach Aman.

The class originally had nine players with Gustav Olofsson and Jaccob Slavin departing early for the pro ranks and Alex Roos leaving the program earlier this season.

Tigers have one of toughest schedules

Ten of CC's 13 opponents are ranked in this week's national poll with five in the top 10, including this weekend's foe No. 8 Western Michigan. According to KRACH, CC has the toughest schedule in Division 1 and the fourth-toughest in the RPI ratings.

It's one of the reasons a seven-win CC team is tied for 35th out of 60 teams in the Pairwise rankings, which mimics the selection process for the NCAA Tournament, and factors in strength of schedule.

The previous two home foes, No. 1 Denver and No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth, marked the first time the Tigers have played Nos. 1 and 2 back to back since the national polls began prior to the 1997-98 season.

Ice chips

Entering this weekend, WMU's top line of senior Sheldon Dries and sophomores Griffen Molino and Matthew Iacopelli have combined for 40 of the Broncos' 100 goals. CC has recorded 61, led by sophomore Mason Bergh's 13. ... Friday was Western Michigan's first game on an Olympic-sized ice sheet this season. CC entered the weekend 4-0-2 all-time at The Broadmoor World Arena against the Broncos. Neither team has won on the other's home ice. . Hansen's goal last Saturday gave him a career-high 11 points. . Western Michigan is 7-5-2 on Saturdays this season, including a 3-0 home win over CC on Jan. 21. . Last Saturday's home overtime and shootout was the first since Feb. 27. 2015 versus WMU. CC is now 12-18-5 versus No. 1s after last week's tie.

JOE PAISLEY, THE GAZETTE

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