A three-game winning streak gives Colorado College a much-improved chance of avoiding a place on a dubious list.
The 6-18-6 Tigers could end up as one of least successful hockey teams, based on their current .300 winning percentage, in program history. If the season ended today, CC would be 10th lowest.
The more-confident Tigers are focused on the next couple of weeks, not the recent or distant past. Doing so may remove them from that list.
"The players are in the here and now," CC assistant Joe Bonnett said. "They have remained positive all season and their performance in the past eight games have them feeling good about themselves."
This year's team is nowhere near the program's worst. The winless 1961-62 (0-23) team was part of an 0-34 skid starting with a 11-1 loss to Denver on Feb. 3, 1961, and lasting until a 9-6 win over McMaster University of Ontario on Nov.?28, 1963.
Now, the Tigers and their fans can savor winning the Gold Pan Trophy over rival Denver last weekend.
"That meant a lot to everyone, especially the senior class," Tigers coach Scott Owens said.
The Tigers are confident they will move in a positive direction on the list.
"We cannot worry about the past," senior captain Eamonn McDermott said. "We have to just go into these final four (regular-season) games and do things the right way."
That confidence is thanks to improved play over the past eight games and 4-2-2 record to show for it.
"You can look for positives and you can see those over the past eight games," CC assistant Eric Rud said.
The seventh-place Tigers also recorded 14 points in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (6-9-5-1, .425 win percentage) standings over that span.
"We have had a lot of tough losses but the defense continued to get better," Owens said, citing the improved play of most of the upperclassmen and better performances from the underclassmen as part of the reason for the recent uptick. "The players remain committed to getting better."
That paid off this month. CC is 3-1-2 in February and guaranteed to finish the month with a winning record. More importantly, it avoided letdowns that led to a 0-7-6 record in one-goal games earlier this season.
They are guaranteed at least six more games, including the best-of-three quarterfinal playoff road series March 14-16. The outcome of those games will say more about these Tigers than wherever they finish on that list.
"Absolutely," senior center Jeff Collett said. "Our record does not reflect the kind of team we really are."