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Colorado College hockey rebounds, takes down No. 17 New Hampshire in OT

October 21, 2017 Updated: October 23, 2017 at 7:53 am
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Colorado College forward Trevor Gooch (2) fights with Alaska Anchorage forward Joe Sofo (10) for the puck at Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo. on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. Colorado College won 3-2 with a hat trick from Mason Bergh (15). (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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.

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