CC notes: Olofsson plays for gold Sunday

By Joe Paisley Updated: January 4, 2014 at 8:02 pm • Published: January 4, 2014 | 7:15 pm 0

Colorado College freshman defenseman Gustav Olofsson is one win away from taking home a gold medal at the 2014 world junior championship in Malmo, Sweden.

"We're getting closer," Olofsson said in a postgame interview. '"It feels more exciting and more fun to play when you get closer to gold."

Olofsson ew an interference penalty and recorded two shots in Sweden's 2-1 semifinal win over Russia on Saturday. He has a goal and four assists in six tournament games.

Finland downed Canada 5-1 in the other semifinal. The championship game will be broadcast at 11 a.m. on NHL Network.

Slavin hurries back for game

The Tigers got an unexpected boost when freshman Jaccob Slavin caught an earlier flight to the United States from Sweden, where he played until Team USA was eliminated Thursday. He arrived in Denver at about 6 p.m. Friday and traveled to World Arena on Saturday to face Brown.

"He wants to play," Tigers coach Scott Owens said before the game. "He said he's rested and ready to go."

New goalie fitting in nicely

Freshman Derek Shatzer of Highlands Ranch feels right at home following a week of practice.

"I love it here," the midseason replacement said.

The 5-foot-9, 152-pounder was added to the roster in place of injured freshman netminder Tyler Marble, who will return next season.

"He is very excited about the opportunity to be a part of the program and attend CC," Owens said. "He has friends on the team already."

The freshman played on the Colorado Thunderbirds club team with Olofsson and Slavin and they would watch Avalanche games together when their schedules allowed.

"They haven't been around this week, but the rest of the team has been very welcoming," he said. "I am very glad to be part of this team."

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