Rapid Reaction: No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth ekes out 2-1 win over Colorado College hockey

February 17, 2017 Updated: February 17, 2017 at 9:59 pm
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photo - t020516 --- Clint Austin --- austinUMDPUX0206c5 --- Cole McCaskill (5) of Colorado College controls the puck against Minnesota Duluth during Friday's game at Amsoil Arena in Duluth, Minn. (Clint Austin /caustin@duluthnews.com)
t020516 --- Clint Austin --- austinUMDPUX0206c5 --- Cole McCaskill (5) of Colorado College controls the puck against Minnesota Duluth during Friday's game at Amsoil Arena in Duluth, Minn. (Clint Austin /caustin@duluthnews.com) 

Rapid Reaction

It was another frustrating loss for Colorado College, which played a sound defensive game only to fall to top-ranked Minnesota-Duluth.

UMD’s Adam Johnson rifled a wrist shot through traffic for a power-play goal with 4: 44 left in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference to down the upset-minded Tigers, 2-1, Friday at The Broadmoor World Arena.

The Tigers missed on a good opportunity to go ahead for the first time when a boarding call on Karson Kuhlman gave CC a five-minute power play less than two minutes into the third.

Second period report

The Colorado College defense has been stout the middle of its zone, forcing No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth to take lower quality shots as the two NCHC teams enter the third tied at 1-1.

First period report

Some big saves by freshman goalie Alex Leclerc and a timely power-play goal for Bryce VanHorn propelled Colorado College to a 1-1 with No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth through one period Friday night.

VanHorn backhanded in a loose puck after it bounced around in front, including after a Duluth defender fanned on a clearing attempt to tie the game at 1-1 with 6:28 left. The power-play tally was set up a shot to the front by Sam Rothstein off a pass from Mason Bergh.

Minnesota-Duluth junior Blake Young scored on a hard-angle shot in off the near post for only his second career goal (43 games) as the Bulldogs fourth-liners sparked the visitors early.

Pregame report

Colorado College has its final chance to win a season series when they host No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth this weekend at The Broadmoor World Arena. The Tigers went 1-0-1 at Amsoil Arena in early January but has gone 1-7 since.

 

LINES

No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth

LW-C-RW

Iafallo-Toninato-Anderson

Osterberg-Johnson-Mackay

Tufte-Peterson-Kuhlman

Young-Thomas-Exell

LD-RD

Soucy-Raskob

Pionk-Kotyk

Wolff-Molenaar

Goalies – Miska, Deery.

Colorado College

LW-C-RW

Bergh-Gerdes-Hansen

Berardinelli-Rothstein-VanHorn

Gooch-Kehoe-Michaud

Heil-Ockey-Makara

LD-RD

Blumenschein-Farny

McCaskill-Pernitsky

Kivihalme-Israel

Extra – Radke.

Goalies – Leclerc, Shatzer.

 

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