New Hampshire surges past Colorado College

By Joe Paisley Updated: November 29, 2013 at 11:00 pm • Published: November 29, 2013 | 10:50 pm 0
photo - University of New Hampshire Wildcats right defense Brett Pesce (22) and right wing Jeff Silengo (18) scramble for a loose puck during a match up between the Colorado College Tigers and the New Hampshire Wildcats at World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Friday, November 29, 2013. (Kent Nishimura, The Gazette)
University of New Hampshire Wildcats right defense Brett Pesce (22) and right wing Jeff Silengo (18) scramble for a loose puck during a match up between the Colorado College Tigers and the New Hampshire Wildcats at World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Friday, November 29, 2013. (Kent Nishimura, The Gazette)

It has been an all too-familiar scenario for the Colorado College hockey team through the first 12 games of the season.

The Tigers had a chance, or two, to take control of a game, only to falter and then see their opponent step forward and prevail.

On Friday, No. 20 New Hampshire seized control with three goals in 100 seconds en route to a 6-2 nonconference win.

"We had a couple chances early in the third period and we didn't get it done," Tigers coach Scott Owens said. "It has happened in four or five games now."

The three goals in 100 seconds ended Colorado College senior goalie Josh Thorimbert's night at 23 saves.

"Defensively, we had guys standing around waiting for someone else to make the play," Owens said.

Wildcats senior Dalton Speelman scored the go-ahead goal on a one-timer past Thorimbert after junior Grayson Downing made a backhanded pass from behind the CC net into the slot.

That made the score 3-2 with 12:55 left.

New Hampshire pulled away for a 5-2 lead with 11:15 remaining on goals by Nick Sorkin, his second of the game, and by Jeff Silengo on the next two shots.

Speelman scored with 10:14 left against junior goalie Courtney Lockwood for a four-goal command.

"They have a lot of depth at forward and they put a lot of pressure on our defenders and forced turnovers," Owens said.

Colorado College (1-9-2), mired in an 11-game winless streak, scored two goals in 91 seconds to take the lead for about 10 minutes in the second period.

CC's power play, dismal earlier this season, continued to improve and produce.

The Tigers tied the game at 1-1 when senior Archie Skalbeck got behind the Wildcat defense and collected a good pass from defenseman Ian Young for a breakaway.

The senior beat New Hampshire goalie Casey DeSmith high to tie to game at 1-1 with 13:31 left in the second period.

That score invigorated the Tigers and CC continued to crash the net. Freshman Sam Rothstein lifted in a rebound as he entered the crease and flew over DeSmith to make it 2-1 with 12 minutes remaining before an announced crowd of 5,961 at World Arena. It was his first goal as a Tiger.

Skalbeck's power-play goal was CC's third in as many games. Those are both small positive the Tigers need to build on in Saturday's rematch, Owens said.

"It was good to see Archie score because he works hard," Owens said. "Rothstein got a good second-effort goal. They were both get-out-of-your-seat goals."

New Hampshire came back to tie the game at 2-2 when a shot by defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk was blocked by CC defenseman Jaccob Slavin and the puck bounced out to center Kyle Smith who fired a low shot past Thorimbert with 2:05 left in the second.

"That hurts us but we still had a chance in the third period at home," Owens said. "It is disappointing that we couldn't take advantage of that."

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