Late in Nick Halloran’s freshman season - when he found the net four times in his first six games, then once in his last 23 - Colorado College coach Mike Haviland pulled him aside and told him to stay the course. Halloran was creating chances, he said, and that’s what matters.
“You can definitely get in your own head and get down on yourself,” Halloran said. “You’re shocked at how good the conference is. Then you realize you can play with these guys.”
The forward Haviland calls an “elite skater” has started putting his talents to use.
“He’s a year older, he’s a lot more mature,” Haviland said. “Things aren’t as bothersome to him.”
Halloran now leads the National Collegiate Hockey Conference with eight assists and 12 points heading into a weekend series at Miami (Ohio). His linemates, Mason Bergh and Trey Bradley, are right behind him on both lists.
The line’s productivity has been one of the big reasons the Tigers are 5-3.
“That line has clicked and has really been good for us since day one,” Haviland said. “They have a lot of chemistry and like playing together.”
Halloran, the youngest of the three, surpassed his 2016-17 season total of nine points (five goals, four assists) on Friday against North Dakota and has been on the scoresheet in six of CC’s eight games. He totaled four points and was plus-3 in the weekend split with the Fighting Hawks.
While making the internet rounds, Halloran bypasses the individual statistics in favor of the NCHC standings.
“It’s nice to see some pucks go in the net, but I’m more pleased to see us get a couple more wins,” he said. “We have a pretty special team and we can do big things.
“Every weekend keeps getting bigger for us. We have to keep proving people wrong.”