St. Cloud State scored in multiple ways - shorthanded, four on four and twice on both the power play and at even strength - to rout Colorado College 7-3 on Friday night.
The Huskies, smarting from a home sweep at the hands of No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth last weekend, seized control with an impressive display of depth and talent. Seven different Huskies (5-4, 1-2 NCHC) scored.
Most galling to CC coach Mike Haviland was how SCSU got a jump on the Tigers (3-6, 1-2 league) in CC's National Collegiate Hockey Conference home opener.
"We got out-battled right from the start," Haviland said. "We lost too many individual battles. (Losing battles) hasn't been in our game all year. We need to make some lineup changes."
The 13th-ranked Huskies took advantage of a 5-minute power play to build a 2-0 lead by the midway point of the first period. Huskies sophomore Jon Lizotte scored his first collegiate goal when he pounced on a failed CC clearing attempt in the slot. He fired off a one-timer that hit and rolled over CC goalie Jacob Nehama's left shoulder for a 1-0 lead.
That 4-on-4 tally was followed by a power-play score by Mikey Eyssimont who fired through a screen to beat Nehama for a 2-0 lead with 9:46 left.
Jack Poehling knocked in an even-strength rebound with 7:03 left to put the visitors ahead 3-0. That lead would stand until first intermission.
"We cannot take a penalty like that," Haviland said. "They got on the (score)board and they were off and running. They are too talented and deep a team to get into an up-and-down game against."
CC had an opportunity to get back into the game on a five-minute power play with 3:05 left in the opening period. The penalty in front of the CC bench prompted a scrum.
But the hosts' power play struggled throughout the game.
The Tigers trailed 5-0 after a shorthanded goal by Jimmy Schuldt before Tigers captain Sam Rothstein knocked in a rebound during the same power play.
The Tigers drew four SCSU penalties over the final five minutes of the second but could not cut into the 5-1 lead.
CC sophomore Cole McCaskill and Rothstein scored in the third while SCSU also tallied twice for the final margin.