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No. 1 Denver ends Colorado College's hockey season

By: JOE PAISLEY joe.paisley@gazette.com
March 11, 2017 Updated: March 11, 2017 at 11:21 pm
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photo - The CC Tigers hosted the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs in ice hockey on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at The Broadmoor World. Photo by Isaiah J. Downing
The CC Tigers hosted the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs in ice hockey on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at The Broadmoor World. Photo by Isaiah J. Downing 

DENVER - All season, the Colorado College hockey team did not have the offensive talent to stand toe-to-toe with superior teams.

It was no different in the 4-0 playoff loss to top-ranked Denver when the Pioneers took advantage of enough miscues to end the Tigers' season Saturday at Magness Arena.

The win sent the NCAA title hopefuls on to the semifinals of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference Frozen Faceoff in Minneapolis on Friday and ended the Tigers' season at 8-24-4.

"You think about all the people you have played with (at CC) and everything you and the team has been through," senior captain Sam Rothstein said after his final game as a Tiger. "We know wins don't quantify the character in that locker room."

Colorado College trailed 2-0 entering the third period. But it took only 18 seconds for DU standout Troy Terry, who recorded three points in a 4-1 Game 1 win Friday, to put Game 2 out of reach. He blew by CC defenseman Teemu Kivihalme and scored for a 3-0 lead.

Terry added his third goal of the weekend to make it 4-0 on an unassisted short-handed tally with 8:18 left.

"They have a game breaker," CC coach Mike Haviland said. "He may be the best player in college hockey. He has explosive speed and he took the game over. When you have game changers, anything can happen at any time and he made it happen."

For the second night in a row, Denver's depth overwhelmed CC.

"I liked our first (period) and again it's their depth and their fourth line that scores two goals," Haviland said.

Sophomore fourth-liner Logan O'Connor scored twice in the second period for the Pioneers.

Both goals were scored down low by O'Connor, who opened the scoring with a redirect on a shot by Tyson McLellan with 15:12 left. The second tally came off a McLellan pass that he took into the slot for a wrist shot from short range little more than five minutes later.

Denver won its ninth home game in a row and its 14th against CC over three seasons.

The 14 wins tied the second-longest streak set Feb. 19, 1966 to March 6, 1970. The record is 22 (Feb. 20, 1959-Feb. 8, 1963). That streak did not diminish the efforts of this year's seniors this season, according to Haviland.

"They continued to grow," he said. "(Luc Gerdes) and Roth (Rothstein) really emerged as leaders and really helped us guide this program in the direction it needs to go. Matt Hansen had a great senior year and Christian (Heil) brought that element too of helping the younger guys."

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