CC Loses in Florida Final

     No. 3-ranked Colorado College lost in Wednesday’s Florida Classic final to Maine 3-2 in Estero, Fla. The Tigers next play at the DECC on Jan. 8-9. That broke CC’s four-game unbeaten streak and the Tigers (12-5-3) are 2-3-2 the last seven games. Maine (10-7-2) has an eight-game unbeaten streak at 6-0-2.

     Sure it’s too early to take the PairWise Rankings seriously….but….Colorado College is No. 7 and UMD is No. 9 with the complete rankings here.

     A Colorado College-Maine game story follows, courtesy of the Colorado Springs Gazette:

ESTERO, Fla. – No. 3 Colorado College was unable to capitalize on its power-play chances all game and especially early in the third period before Maine battled back for a 3-2 win Wednesday night.

The nonconference victory garners unranked Maine its fourth championship in the 10-year history of the Florida College Classic. The Black Bears (10-7-2) have won seven straight since Nov. 27.

“We had our chances,” Tigers coach Scott Owens said. “We had a power-play chance early (opening 1:51) in the third to get a two-goal lead but couldn’t do it. Maine is too good and too experienced a team to let hang around. They have a lot of confidence and they found a way to win.”

Two concurrent CC penalties with 9:44 left in the third on defensemen Kris Fredheim and Ryan Lowery set Maine up with a 5-on-3 power play, which proved decisive.

Wasson graduate Jeff Dimmen’s slap shot was redirected by Tanner House past CC goalie Joe Howe for the game-winner with 8:06 left.

“They (Maine) stuck with it and Jeff ripped it,” Black Bears coach Tim Whitehead said. ”It was great coming back like that.”

“It was tough to lose a game on a 5-on-3,” Owens said.

CC’s power play, rated No. 4 in the nation (25.9 percent), struggled with an 0-for-6 showing.

“We are allegedly a good power-play team,” Owens said. “No one was picking up the rebounds that were all over the place. We weren’t hungry enough to bang in the rebounds.”

David Civitarese scored his first goal as a Tiger to tie the game at 1-1 and Andrew Hamburg scored his third to put CC (12-5-3) ahead 2-1 in the second period.

Maine goalie Scott Darling (30 saves Wednesday) was named as the tournament’s most valuable player. The forwards named to the all-tournament team were Cornell’s Colin Greening and Maine’s Gustav Nyquist and House. The defensemen were CC’s Nate Prosser and Princeton’s Taylor Fedun. Howe (47 saves in two games) was honored at goalie.