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Colorado College hockey blows out Alaska-Anchorage in home opener

October 13, 2017 Updated: October 14, 2017 at 7:09 am
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photo - Photo by Jerry Herman, The Gazette
Photo by Jerry Herman, The Gazette 

Colorado College’s line of Trey Bradley, Mason Bergh and Nick Halloran set up a goal on the first shift of the game and didn’t stop there, leading the Tigers to a 6-1 win against Alaska-Anchorage in their home opener Friday night at The Broadmoor World Arena.

Halloran finished with a goal and three assists. Bergh had a goal and an assist, and Bradley set up three goals.

“Every night we say, ‘Let’s be the hardest-working line,’” Bradley said. “It was good to get that first one. From there, you just keep getting better every shift.”

Defenseman Ben Israel strode in on Alaska-Anchorage goaltender Olivier Mantha and scored from the bottom of the right circle 29 seconds into the game. In the other net, Alex Leclerc made a few impressive saves to make the lead stand up, blocking an attempt with the tip of his foot and stacking the pads on a 2-on-1.

Cole McCaskill doubled the lead on the power play with 5:06 to go in the first period, then Halloran scored 2:17 later to give the Tigers (2-1-0) a 3-0 lead. It was the first three-goal period in one day shy of a year.

“They skated and competed, and that line set the tone for us tonight,” coach Mike Haviland said. “I liked our speed and the pace of the game tonight.”

Though that was the only goal the power play had to show for the night, Haviland was pleased with the puck movement.

“Seventeen shots on the power play is really good,” Haviland said. “(Mantha) made some saves on our power play that I thought were pretty incredible.”

Trey deGraaf scored the Seawolves’ only goal late in the second period. Bergh, Branden Makara and Christiano Versich piled it on for the Tigers.

Colorado College put 39 shots on net. Mantha escaped the onslaught after Versich’s first collegiate goal, and Brody Claeys finished the game for Alaska-Anchorage (0-2-1).

Leclerc made 25 saves in the win, and touted freshman Zach Berzolla was plus-four in his home debut.

Colorado College will go for the series sweep Saturday night.

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