ST. CLOUD, MINN - For the second straight night, Colorado College spotted St. Cloud State an early lead and rallied to take a 2-1 lead in the first period. This time, it stuck.
Thanks to first-period goals from Branden Makara and Matt Hansen and stellar goaltending from Alex Leclerc (25 saves), the Tigers (8-22-4, 4-16-4-1 NCHC) beat the 19th-ranked Huskies 2-1 Saturday in the regular-season finale.
"This was a huge win for us," coach Mike Haviland said. "This was ... the kind of game that gives us confidence and the feeling that we can beat anyone in the country."
After CC's Luc Gerdes was called for hooking and a too many men penalty 34 seconds later for a 5-on-3 advantage, Jimmy Schuldt put the Huskies (16-17-1, 10-13-1) ahead.
Makara evened things up at 1-1 at the 15:26 mark of the first. Alex Berardinelli forced a turnover and fed Makara.
Later in the period, Hansen took a pass from Teemu Kivihalme and his one-timer was a power-play goal. Mason Bergh got his series third point.
The Tigers, and Leclerc, played perhaps their best hockey of the season in the second period.