Two Colorado College Tigers - one you’d expect, one you almost certainly wouldn’t - scored twice in Friday night’s win over Miami.
Junior Mason Bergh scored both times on the power play, and little-used freshman Brian Williams tallied his first career goal and added an empty-netter as Colorado College held on for a 6-3 home victory.
Williams bodied down the puck to the side of Miami goaltender Ryan Larkin and knocked it home to make it 4-1 late in the second period. The Tigers wound up needing that large lead, as the RedHawks crept back into the game.
“Especially a guy that works as hard as him, it’s fun to see him get rewarded,” Bergh said. “Big night for him and big night for us too.”
Trevor Gooch got the Tigers on the board 1:29 into the first period. Westin Michaud doubled the lead, deflecting a Kristian Blumenschein shot past Larkin on the power play, but Redhawks forward Phil Knies got one back 38 seconds later.
Bergh picked up a rebound at the back door during a second-period power play for his 13th goal of the season. He scored his second of the night in similar fashion. He’s tied for third in the conference in power-play goals with seven.
Nick Halloran assisted on the first three goals to pad his conference-leading point total of 37 (14 goals, 23 assists). Blumenschein also finished with three assists.
Coach Mike Haviland liked how the Tigers clogged up the neutral zone.
“We made them go through us tonight,” he said.
Miami’s Grant Hutton and Kiefer Sherwood tightened the game up late, beating Alex Leclerc twice during the same elbowing major to Zach Berzolla. Leclerc finished with 15 saves.
“We have to be smarter in certain areas,” Haviland said. “You don’t want to lose your momentum, and we certainly did there. But we found a way.”
The Colorado College’s power play connected three times, and Williams’ second goal was the first empty-netter of the season, making the Tigers the last college hockey team to score one. Their last empty-net goal came almost exactly a year ago, on Jan. 28, 2017.
With 75 goals to date and nine games remaining in the regular season, the Tigers (11-11-3, 5-8-2-1) National Collegiate Hockey Conference) have scored the most goals in a campaign since 2012-13, when they scored 113.
“There were still opportunities to finish them off even more,” Bergh said. “We think we can still play a little harder.”