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CC hockey notes: Tigers shuffle lines, rest some players

March 8, 2014 Updated: March 8, 2014 at 11:46 pm
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photo - Colorado College center Christian Heil, left, fights St. Cloud State center Kalle Kossila for the puck during the first period of a hockey game Saturday, March 8, 2014, at World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/The Gazette, Christian Murdock) MAGS OUT
Colorado College center Christian Heil, left, fights St. Cloud State center Kalle Kossila for the puck during the first period of a hockey game Saturday, March 8, 2014, at World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/The Gazette, Christian Murdock) MAGS OUT 

With no chance to move up to sixth place, Colorado College rested some players - notably freshman defenseman Gustav Olofsson and senior goalie Josh Thorimbert - to prepare for next week's National Collegiate Hockey Conference playoffs.

Thorimbert made 33 straight starts before Saturday's night off. He is No. 10 on the all-time career saves list with 2,062 saves behind NHL netminder Curtis McElhinney (2,069) and Wisconsin goalie coach Jeff Sanger (2,161). Thorimbert passed Dan Griffin (1971-75, 2,047) Friday.

"(Thorimbert) has carried the load this year," CC assistant Joe Bonnett said. "It's a good game for him to catch his breath. (Junior) Courtney (Lockwood) has worked hard and earned his (first college) start."

Olofsson played 15 games in a row since the world junior championships in early January.

"It will be good for him to take a step back and see things from a different angle," Bonnett said. "He needs to get his second wind."

The Tiger coaches also shuffled the lines to see if new combinations may click, notably putting freshman center Christian Heil between senior Alexander Krushelnyski and rookie right wing Alex Roos and moving freshman Sam Rothstein to another line between senior Michael Morin and rookie Matt Hansen.

The move was to make four balanced lines with equitable offensive potential for a team averaging 1.97 goals, up from 1.91 before Friday's four scores.

"We wanted to shake things up a little bit," Bonnett said. "We wanted more balanced lines that make all four better and make them a tougher matchup."

Sophomore Hunter Fejes played for the first time since sustaining a lower-body injury against Western Michigan on Feb. 14.

 

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Entering Saturday, CC is 5-3-3 at home in league play. . The three second-period goals in 7:29 by Scott Wamsganz, Cody Bradley and Jaccob Slavin on Friday was the quickest three of the season and the third time CC tallied three in one period. CC fell to 2-1 in those games. . CC ended the regular season at 4-7-5 on Fridays and enter Saturday's finale with a 2-13-1 mark on the second night of a series.

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