Colorado College falls to Minnesota-Duluth

February 7, 2014 Updated: February 8, 2014 at 11:54 am
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Colorado College goalie Josh Thorimbert recorded a career-high 50 saves in Friday's game. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

DULUTH, Minn. - The Tigers may no longer reside alone in last place, but Colorado College is not satisfied with a shootout loss at No. 17 Minnesota-Duluth.

"Everyone's getting tired of losing so we are still not happy with a single point," said senior Archie Skalbeck, who scored the tying goal Friday that forced overtime. The game is considered a 2-2 tie.

The single National Collegiate Hockey Conference standings point pushed the Tigers (3-17-5, 3-8-4-1) into a tie for seventh place with Miami, which lost to Western Michigan for the first time in almost a decade on Friday.

The Tigers can thank senior goalie Josh Thorimbert for that point after he recorded a career-high 50 saves, including 20 when the Bulldogs out shot the Tigers 22-2 in a lopsided second period.

"Josh was outstanding," Tigers coach Scott Owens said. "He showed the will and had the battle in him we needed to keep us in the game. It could have easily been 3-1 or 4-1 going into the third if not for Josh."

But it was the Tigers who won the first and third periods to offset that second period.

"We played a good road period in the first and we battled back in the third," Owens said. "This is a good point to get on the road against a hot team."

"If we can figure out the second period we would be in position to win," Skalbeck said. "We need to use this little bit of momentum we have and try to get our first road win. Josh deserves to get one the way he played."

Midway through the third, Skalbeck delivered a big-time goal when he took a pass from defenseman Jaccob Slavin along the near boards, cut across the UMD zone and fired the puck in off Duluth senior goalie Aaron Crandall's glove. His fourth goal of the season tied the score at 2 and gave the Tigers new life before 6,439 Bulldog fans at AMSOIL Arena.

"Archie decided to take the team on his back there," Thorimbert said.

The Bulldogs tallied a power-play goal by Andy Welinski, whose shot from outside beat a screened Thorimbert with 15:44 left. UMD took the lead when Caleb Herbert's shot went in off Thorimbert's blocker and in with 6:59 remaining in the second.

In the opening period, freshman Alex Roos made an excellent crossing pass to set up senior Alexander Krushelnyski for the opening goal with 8:05 left in the first period.

The scoring play was set up by center Sam Rothstein, who collected the puck near center ice and passed forward to Roos along the near boards. Roos skated forward a couple strides and then sent the pass over past a couple Duluth players to Krushelnyski.

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