Colorado College fired five goals into the net, but also shot themselves in the foot Friday night at The Broadmoor World Arena.
Shortly after three of their goals, the Tigers took a penalty and No. 15 Minnesota Duluth made them pay in a 6-5 loss.
“We took some really undisciplined penalties,” coach Mike Haviland said. “The two teams play hard against each other, for whatever reason. There was some stuff last year. I think it just boils over.”
“It started in the warmups. We were going at it,” forward Nick Halloran added. “Emotions get tied up in it and things like that can happen.”
The Tigers (9-9-3, 3-6-2-1 National Collegiate Hockey Conference) kept pace, but never found the equalizer.
Thirty-one seconds into the game, Minnesota Duluth’s Peter Krieger surprised CC goaltender Alex Leclerc, walking in glove side and getting the puck past him.
While the crowd was buzzing about a perceived missed call, Halloran slid in with his linemates and ripped a shot past Bulldogs goaltender Hunter Shepard. Twenty-six seconds later, Kristian Blumenschein buried a rebound and gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead.
Kobe Roth’s game-tying deflection survived a review, then the Bulldogs gifted the Tigers a two-minute, five-on-three power play with two hooking calls on the same play. Halloran sent a long wrister past Shepard 46 seconds into it for his eighth goal in seven games. He’s scored in five straight.
Minnesota Duluth’s Jared Thomas sent the game into the second period tied 3-3 with a power-play goal. CC’s Tanner Ockey and UMD’s Riley Tufte swapped goals early in the second, with Tufte’s coming with the man advantage.
The Colorado College penalty kill, solid recently, was 3-for-6.
“Every time it seemed like we climbed back, we took a penalty and they scored,” Haviland said. “We had momentum, we have to learn to keep it.”
Tufte picked up a rebound later in the second period and scored his second of the night to give the Bulldogs (10-9-3, 4-7 NCHC) a lead they never relinquished. Krieger scored his second off the rush to make it 6-4 before the period ended.
Alec Calvaruso relieved Leclerc in net for the third period and made seven saves. Leclerc allowed six goals on 24 shots.
Westin Michaud one-timed a feed directly in front of Shepard on the power play to draw the Tigers within one 7:29 into the final period, but they got no closer.
“We showed resilience,” Halloran said. “We just came up one short. We just have to be a little more disciplined tomorrow.”