Second-night woes continued to plague Minnesota Duluth on Saturday night as Colorado College defeated the Bulldogs 5-1 to split a Western Collegiate Hockey Association men’s series before a crowd of 6,923 at the World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The Bulldogs (10-11-3, 8-7-3 WCHA) are 8-2-1 on the opening games of series this season and 2-7-2 on the second night.
Colorado College (10-14-2, 7-10-1) was in a 1-1 tie after one period before scoring the game’s final four goals. Goalie Joe Howe made 40 saves.
The loss blunted UMD’s recent rise in the WCHA as the Bulldogs dropped a spot to sixth place, while Colorado College remains in ninth. It broke UMD’s five-game league win streak and three-game win streak overall.
Keegan Flaherty put a shot off a Colorado College defender with 2:03 left in the first period Saturday to tie the game 1-1.
In the second period, sophomore defenseman Peter Stoykewych earned his first collegiate goal and Alezander Krushelnyski made it 3-1 for the Tigers through 20 minutes. Colorado College added two third-period goals. Freshman Matt McNeely made an eighth straight start in goal for UMD
The Bulldogs led in shots on goal 41-27, but couldn’t get through Howe. The outcome matched UMD’s most one-sided defeat of the season and matched Colorado College’s most one-sided win. The Tigers are 3-11-2 the last 16 games and 4-11-2 the last 17 against UMD.
UMD, 7-4-1 the past 12 games, was considerably better in Friday’s 3-2 victory.
“We had a lot of offensive zone pressure, we didn’t allow Colorado College a whole lot, especially the first two periods, and we kept getting better,” UMD senior winger Mike Seidel said Saturday by phone.
Junior center Caleb Herbert scored the winning goal with 1:43 to play, just 62 seconds after the Tigers had tied the game. Freshman Matt McNeely made a seventh straight start in goal for UMD. The Bulldogs led 38-26 in shots on goal.
The Bulldogs are 8-3-1 the last 12 league games.
“We played very well defensively and that’s what we need to keep pushing forward in the standings,” Herbert said by phone. “We used our speed and made some nice plays.”
Colorado College freshman left winger Hunter Fejes had the only goal of the first period with 1:58 left. A UMD power play tied the game with the only goal of the second period with winger Justin Crandall connecting with 8:37 to go.
Seidel’s team-leading 12th goal of the season gave UMD a 2-1 edge at 9:53 of the third period. He came off the bench and stole the puck when a Colorado College missed on a pass, and came down the right side for a backhand attempt which beat Howe.
Colorado College senior defenseman Mike Boivin tied the game with 2:45 to play. Herbert responded by knocking the puck loose from a Colorado College player and winger Adam Krause took over, firing a shot from just inside the blue line. When Howe couldn’t find the rebound, Herbert knocked the puck in.
“The winning goal was a strong-effort goal,” UMD coach Scott Sandelin said by phone. “Defensively it was a good solid game, starting with our goalie. Matt made some good saves, especially there in the last minute.
“CC is a good offensive, transition team and we stuck with it and got better. Goals on both sides were a matter of missed assignments.”
UMD is off until an exhibition game against the USA Hockey Under-18 team at 2:07p.m. this Saturday at Amsoil Arena.
Minnesota Duluth……………. 1-0-0—1
Colorado College……………. 1-2-2—5
First period — 1. Colorado College, Mike Boivin 11 (Eamonn McDermott, Rylan Schwartz), 12:31 (pp); 2. UMD, Keegan Flaherty 3, 17:57. Penalties — Caleb Herbert, UMD (roughing), :35; Rylan Schwartz, Colorado College (roughing), :35; Austin Farley, UMD (too many men on ice), 7:51; Adam Krause, UMD (roughing), 11:43; Michael Morin, Colorado College (interference), 15:20; Mike Seidel, UMD (slashing), 15:55; Peter Stoykewych, Colorado College (slashing), 15:55.
Second period — 3. Colorado College, Stoykewych 1 (Schwartz), 5:01; 4. Colorado College, Alexander Krushelnyski 9 (Schwartz), 11:10. Penalties — Joe Marciano, Colorado College (cross checking), 8:17; Derik Johnson, UMD (elbowing), 18:20.
Third period — 5. Colorado College, William Rapuzzi 13 (Cody Bradley, Hunter Fejes), 2:56; 6. Colorado College, Bradley 2 (Krushelnyski), 15:10. Penalties —Boivin, Colorado College (roughing), 10:14; Joe Basaraba, UMD (tripping), 11:58
Shots on goal — UMD 12-16-13—41, Colorado College 9-13-5—27. Goalies — Matt McNeely (8-7-1), UMD (27 shots-22 saves); Joe Howe (6-7-1), Colorado College (41 shots-40 saves). Power plays — UMD 0-of-3, Colorado College 1-of-4. Referees —Timm Walsh, Don Adam. Linesmen —Stephen Stankevich, Scott Staudte. A — 6,923.