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Gazette Premium Content Greasy would be good for what ails Tigers

By Joe Paisley Updated: January 16, 2014 at 7:59 pm

It is a modest ambition. But if met, it could give Colorado College the offensive boost it needs.

The Tigers are looking to get one "greasy" goal a weekend; jargon for banging in a rebound from short range or redirecting in a shot.

Those ugly goals may never make the weekly National Collegiate Hockey Conference Top Five video but they would look good to the Tigers (2-15-3) and their fans.

"We made it a team goal for the second half of the season," junior Jordan DiGiando said. "We need to will ourselves to the puck and get to those Grade A chances."

They hope to accomplish that this weekend against No. 7 Providence (13-5-4).

The Tigers, who have lost five in a row, have flirted with success but are 0-6-3 in one-goal games.

"We are close but no one wants to hear that from a 2-15 team," CC coach Scott Owens said. "It's frustrating for all of us but the kids have not lost hope."

Colorado College is turning to its defensemen since most are able to fire hard, quality shots on net to generate rebounds for the forwards.

The forwards need to do a more consistent job getting to those chances.

"That is something we need more of; second-effort goals," Tigers assistant Eric Rud said. "There are typically fewer scoring chances in the second half because this is when defenses tighten up. That means you really need to stay with it and keep working."

The Tigers hope to build off a good performance in Saturday's 3-2 road loss to No. 20 North Dakota with six strong periods against the Friars. That could set CC up for a strong finish in NCHC play.

"The one area we can take care of ourselves is in league," Tigers assistant Joe Bonnett said. "We will take pride in where we finish in the league and we know we still have a lot of games to be played. If we can keep moving in the right direction, who knows what may happen?"

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