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.
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.
No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth
Goalies – Miska, Deery.
Extra – Radke.
Goalies – Leclerc, Shatzer.