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Mason Bergh's first career hat trick sends Colorado College hockey to series sweep

October 14, 2017 Updated: October 14, 2017 at 10:38 pm
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Colorado College Tigers forward Mason Bergh (15) scores against Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves goalie Olivier Mantha (33) at Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo. on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. Bergh scored a hat trick in the 3-2 win. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

Colorado College captain Mason Bergh scored a goal in each period for his first career hat trick as the Tigers swept their first home series of the season against Alaska-Anchorage, 3-2 on Saturday night.

Three minutes, 44 seconds into the third period, Bergh scored the only even-strength goal of the three. Bergh took a cross-ice pass from Nick Halloran and fired a hard wrister past Seawolves goaltender Olivier Mantha. The hats trickled down for a Tigers player for the first time since defenseman Mike Boivin scored three goals on Jan. 4, 2013.

Colorado College (3-1) has already surpassed last season’s win total at The Broadmoor World Arena four games in. It was the Tigers’ first series sweep since Dec. 4-5, 2015.

“The biggest thing is the sweep,” Bergh said. “I was trying to do anything I can to help the team win, and I was lucky to get a couple in.”

The teams traded power-play goals in the first period, with the Seawolves’ Tad Kozun striking first. At 12:05, Bergh was waiting at the back door and buried a loose puck.

“They had us on our heels the first eight minutes of the game,” CC coach Mike Haviland said. “I don’t think we were playing our best hockey, and Mason was not a happy man on the bench.

“He took that team tonight and put them up on his shoulders a little bit early on. We know he has that in him.”

The Tigers pinned the Seawolves into their own zone for most of the second period, putting 16 shots on goal. They whiffed on several rebounds and were hasty in their passing.

But their persistence was rewarded on the Tigers’ third power play of the night, when Bergh tucked a rebound past Mantha’s skate with 11:11 to go in the second period.

“(In the past) we’ve tried a little too much, needed to simplify,” Haviland said. “The message is getting through this year - get pucks and bodies to the net.”

Bergh’s line netted two goals and nine points in the Tigers’ 6-1 victory over Alaska-Anchorage on Friday night. He scored four goals in the series, and notched the third multigoal game of his career.

Halloran added two assists for five on the weekend, and Zach Berzolla picked up his first collegiate point with an assist on Bergh’s final goal.

Cameron Trott scored the Seawolves’ second goal. After six tense minutes, the Tigers were off to their first 3-1 start since 2012-13.

Alex Leclerc wasn’t tested often, but made 16 saves.

“We got better as the game went on and dug deep,” Bergh said.

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