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Rapid Reaction: Colorado College hockey falls short at No. 2 Denver

February 10, 2017 Updated: February 10, 2017 at 10:09 pm
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Colorado College left wing Alexander Krushelnyski (16) and Denver's Josiash Didier vie for the puck early in the first period of a hockey game in Colorado Springs, Colo. Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/The Gazette, Mason Trinca) MAGS OUT

Rapid Reaction

Colorado College flirted with a comeback against second-ranked Denver before falling short Friday night.

The last-place Tigers cut the Pioneers lead to 2-1 late in the second period but were unable to connect for a tying goal in the 2-1 loss at Magness Arena.

 Colorado College got a much-needed boost when senior Matt Hansen ripped a wrist shot between Denver goalie Tanner Jaillet’s leg pads with only 1:46 left in the second period to cut the hosts’ lead to 2-1.

The score was set up by freshman defenseman Kristian Blumenschein, who found some puck handling room in the middle of the Denver zone to make a soft pass off to Hansen, who fired the shot from the faceoff circle.

But the Tigers (7-11-2, 3-11-2 NCHC) were unable to snap the program’s third-longest streak against DU.

The setback was CC’s 11th in a row to their Front Range rivals. The second longest losing streak is 14 games (Feb. 19, 1966- March 7, 1970) with a record 22 lasting from Feb. 20, 1959 to Feb. 8, 1963.

Second period report

Colorado College got a much-needed boost when senior Matt Hansen ripped a wrist shot that whistled between Denver goalie Tanner Jaillet’s leg pads with only 1:46 left in the second period to cut the hosts’ lead to 2-1.

The late surge kept the result of Saturday's game much in doubt entering the third period.

Denver went ahead early when defenseman Adam Plant’s shot through traffic beat Leclerc glove side for a 1-0 lead only 77 seconds into the game.

Both teams played well defensively with the Pioneers doing a better job keeping the puck deep in the CC end. That forced Leclerc to make some big-time saves, including one on defenseman Will Butcher as he raced into the slot a step ahead of CC senior Matt Hansen for a short-range shot with 6:41 left.

The Pioneers pulled away when Jarid Lukosevicius fired a wrister from between the CC faceoff circles that beat Leclerc high to convert the game’s first power play only 28 seconds into the man advantage. The goal made it 2-0- with 14:26 left in the second period.

A CC penalty 42 seconds later kept the Tigers on the defensive as they were for much of the game.

First period report

Denver went ahead early when defenseman Adam Plant’s shot through traffic beat Leclerc glove side for a 1-0 lead only 77 seconds into the game. The lead would hold into the firsts intermission FRiday at Magness Arena.

Both teams played well defensively with the Pioneers doing a better job keeping the puck deep in the CC end. That forced Leclerc to make some big-time saves, including one on defenseman Will Butcher as he raced into the slot ahead of CC senior Matt Hansen for a short-range shot with 6:41 left.

Pregame report

With a 4-6-2 record since their last game against No. 2 Denver, Colorado College coach Mike Haviland believes the Tigers have an opportunity to snap a 10-game losing streak to their Front Range rivals.

“I think our compete Is way better with consistent effort from everyone now,” Haviland said. “Guys are understanding what a fine line there is between winning and losing and they are taking it to heart.”

“There is a belief now in how we need to play to give ourselves a chance to win,” he added. “That’s the difference. We were playing carefree and not detailed enough. We are way more detailed now and it is starting to show.”

“This is a huge weekend for us. It really is. Anytime you play them it is huge but to continue this momentum we have had for (about) two months is important. We need to continue going in this direction and playing the right way all the way through.”

Denver is healthy with freshman center Henrik Borgstrom (flu) and right winger Troy Terry (upper-body injury) in the lineup. Sophomore Dylan Gambrell completes one of the more talented lines in Division 1 with a combined 72 points this season.

Colorado College

LW-C-RW

Bergh-Gerdes-Hansen

Berardinelli-Rothstein-Halloran

Gooch-Kehoe-Michaud

Makara-Ockey-VanHorn

LD-RD

Kivihalme-Kwiecinski

Blumenschein-Farny

Mccaskill-Pernitsky

Extra – Israel.

Goalies – Leclerc, Shatzer.

No. 2 Denver

LW-C-RW

Gambrell-Borgstrom-Terry

Janssen-Marcinew-Lukosevicius

Romig-Ritt-Staub

Finlay-McLellan-O’Connor

LD-RD

Plant-Butcher

Hammond-Davies

Hillman-VanVoorhis

Goalies – Jailett, Cowley, Ogard.

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