Colorado College's struggles in the second period proved decisive once again in a 4-1 home loss to No. 13 St. Cloud State.
The visiting Huskies elevated their play and scored three goals to seize control of Saturday's game at The Broadmoor World Arena and record a National Collegiate Hockey Conference sweep.
Through 10 games, the Tigers (3-7, 1-3 NCHC) seem unable to match the increased intensity of their opponents.
That has allowed foes to dominate play and outscore CC by a 19-5 margin in the second this season. Opponents have outscored CC by only three goals combined in the first and third.
"We took too many undisciplined penalties in the second," Haviland said. "It's like we play a good first period, feel good about it, but the other team raises their play and we are unable to match it."
That was certainly the case Saturday. SCSU recorded 33 shots with 16 on target, including 13 from between the faceoff circles to dominate the middle period.
Littleton native Mikey Eyssimont scored the first two SCSU goals with the second - the eventual game-winner - coming on the power play early in the middle period to make it 2-1, Huskies (6-4, 2-2 NCHC).
SCSU's Blake Winiecki added a second power-play goal - the Huskies started 2 for 2 - about 12 minutes later. The Huskies sealed the victory with an even-strength tally by captain Jimmy Schuldt 1:44 later for a 4-1 lead against Tigers freshman goalie Alex Leclerc (33 saves).
"They went on the power play and got rolling," Haviland said. "We took undisciplined penalties. They are too good a team to do that against."
Colorado College took a 1-0 lead when Bryce Van Horn banged in a rebound as he skated across the front of the SCSU net for a power-play goal midway through the first period.
But SCSU would answer when Eyssimont took advantage of a CC turnover to lift the puck past a screened Leclerc with 58.9 seconds left in the first.
Gooch out a "couple weeks"
CC sophomore Trevor Gooch will miss at least two weeks after sustaining an upper-body injury in Friday's loss. He was seen at the arena with his right arm in a sling. He is the second Tigers second-year forward (Trey Bradley) to suffer a serious injury in the past week.