Trevor Gooch scored 1:03 into overtime to hand No. 17 New Hampshire its first defeat of the season, 2-1, on Saturday night in Durham, N.H.
Gooch’s shot clanged in top shelf, lifting Colorado College (4-2) to a series split. Alex Leclerc made 39 saves in a much-improved effort against what was previously Division I’s only 5-0 team.
The Tigers dropped Friday’s game in New Hampshire 6-3, giving up two power-play goals on three chances. The penalty kill clamped down Saturday, killing off two lengthy stretches of five-on-three play.
“I thought we deserved that win, especially the last 10 minutes – we were all over them,” Gooch told KRDO radio after the game.
Colorado College couldn’t completely contain the Wildcats’ touted freshman defenseman Max Gildon, who scored a hat trick Friday. He scored to make it 1-1 with 30 seconds left in the second period.
Tigers freshman Jack Gates scored his first career goal off an assist from Gooch as a power play expired in the first period, just after whiffing on a shot on an open net.
Leclerc helped Colorado College hold on through a scoreless third period. Christiano Versich’s shot hit the post in the final minute of regulation, then Gooch – who said he was frustrated with not having converted despite plenty of shots – scored his first of the season in extra time.
The Tigers head into conference play next weekend when they host No. 4 North Dakota. CC nabbed four votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll last week.