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Colorado College rallies to gain road split at Miami

By: News services
November 4, 2017 Updated: November 4, 2017 at 8:30 pm
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OXFORD, OHIO - Colorado College rallied from behind with a pair of second-period goals to defeat Miami 2-1 Saturday and earn a split in the weekend series.

Despite attempting a season-low 14 shots, the Tigers (6-4, 2-2 NCHC) won for the first time in Oxford.

Playing short-handed, Colorado College won a one-goal decision for the fifth time this season, equaling the team's total from last year. The Tigers played with just five regular defensemen for the second night as Cole McCaskill and Nate Kwiecinski did not make the trip due to injuries and Zach Berzolla was suffering from the flu.

Conor Lemirande opened the scoring at the 15:51 mark of the first period to give Miami a lead. Lemirande took a pass from Ryan Sirocky and fired a wrist shot from the right circle that snuck inside the far post past Alex Leclerc.

Co-captain Tanner Ockey evened things with his first goal of the season at the 2:05 mark of the second period. Christiano Versich gathered the puck in the Miami end after a RedHawk turnover and found Ockey, who blasted a one-timer from the slot past Miami goalie Ryan Larkin.

"I had just stepped on to the ice and was yelling at Christiano," Ockey said. "He gave me a great pass and I had a pretty good look at the net."

Late in the second period, as late as it can get, Westin Michaud fired a wrist shot from the left circle that beat Larkin with one-tenth of a second left. Nick Halloran collected his team-high ninth assist and Trey Bradley his eighth on Michaud's power-play goal.

The Tigers thought they opened up a two-goal margin when Mason Bergh put the puck in the net at the 6:32 mark of the third, but the officials waved off the goal.

The RedHawks (4-4, 1-1) outshot CC 11-3 in the final 20 minutes, and hit the post twice in the final 10 minutes. Versich took a penalty with 1:01 left and Miami pulled Larkin for a two-man edge. Ockey made a great defensive play to preserve the win.

"Tanner does all the little things right for us," coach Mike Haviland said.

Leclerc came up huge for the Tigers again with 26 saves.

"This was another huge team win for us," Haviland said. "It really feels good to get the split this weekend."

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