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Providence forces OT, works tie against CC

January 17, 2014 Updated: January 17, 2014 at 11:33 pm
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photo - Colorado College's Alexander Krushelnyski  (16) scores in the second period against Providence College goalie Jon Gillies (32) on Friday, January 17, 2014 at Colorado Spring World Arena.  Photos by Spotlight Sports Photography.
Colorado College's Alexander Krushelnyski (16) scores in the second period against Providence College goalie Jon Gillies (32) on Friday, January 17, 2014 at Colorado Spring World Arena. Photos by Spotlight Sports Photography. 

Colorado College came tantalizingly close to securing a win over a ranked foe.

But during a 2-15-4 season, the Tigers could not hold on.

Providence sophomore Mark Jankowski knocked in a rebound with 19.8 seconds left to force overtime Friday, as the two foes skated to a 2-2 tie.

The goal tied the score after CC had scored the greasy goal it was hungry for that gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead with only 2:39 remaining.

Junior Charlie Taft backhanded in a pass to the front by senior Alexander Krushelnyski, slipping the puck past Providence sophomore goalie Jon Gillies.

Overtime ended with Gillies (27 saves) stopping Taft as the clock expired.

"It's been the story for most of our season so far. We come close but we let it slip through our fingers," Taft said. "That could have been a big win for us."

The crowd got a lift when CC won the exhibition shootout afterward on scores by Krushelnyski, Scott Wamsganz, and Jordan DiGiando.

Earlier, Krushelnyski gave the Tigers offense the spark it needed when he recorded his second shorthanded goal this season, eighth of his career, off a perfect pass by junior defenseman Peter Stoykewych.

But the lead would last only 2:17 when Providence defenseman Steven Shamanski fired a short-range shot that sped past Tigers senior goalie Josh Thorimbert's glove attempt and went in off the near post to make it 1-1.

But instead of hanging their heads, the Tigers stepped up their play. They held the Friars to nine shots in the second after allowing 18 in the first period and flirted with scoring the go-ahead goal.

Colorado College nearly scored on the power play but a shot by Krushelnyski from between the circles clanged off the crossbar with 7:25 left. The second period ended with Wamsganz tying up the puck along the boards against two Friars.

"We played a good second and third periods," Tigers coach Scott Owens said. "I was happy to see that front-of-the-net goal. But we still have to learn how to close things out. It's tough on the guys. We played decent in the overtime and it was good to win the (exhibition) shootout for the guys and the fans."

The Tigers survived a dangerous power play for Providence that included 10 shots on goal midway through the opening period to keep the nonconference game scoreless early. It was all Thorimbert, who threw himself all over the crease to make the 10 stops.

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