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Brad E. Schlossman / Forum Communications Co., Published November 30 2012

UND falls on the road at Colorado College

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The University of North Dakota’s new black jerseys don’t seem to be as lucky as the last ones.

Despite outshooting, outworking and outplaying Colorado College for most of Friday night, UND had nothing to show for it but a 5-3 men’s hockey loss to the Tigers in front of 6,695 in World Arena.

Scott Winkler scored two goals and had two assists, Alexander Krushelnyski had a goal and three assists while Charlie Taft added a career-high three assists for the Tigers, who snapped a four-game winless streak.

The scoreboard was virtually the only statistic that went Colorado College’s way.

UND outshot the Tigers 47-26.

And UND played one of its most tenacious games of the year, continually going to the net and creating scoring chances down low.

It was to no avail.

Colorado College senior Joe Howe finished with 44 saves and was at his best during at the end of the first and the start of the second periods when UND threw an onslaught of shots at the Tigers netminder.

Drake Caggiula scored twice and Joe Gleason once for UND, which dropped to 6-5-2 overall and 3-2-2 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play.

Colorado College improved to 8-6-1 overall and 5-2 in league play.

Although UND largely controlled the first, outshooting the Tigers 16-8, Colorado College came out of the frame with a 1-0 lead thanks to a goal by its fourth line.

Carter Rowney controlled the puck, but was pressured by a couple of Tigers, who eventually stole the puck. Colorado College went down the ice on a three-on-one rush. Jared Hanson held the puck coming up the left wing and snapped a shot past Clarke Saunders’ glove at 7 minutes, 35 seconds.

UND had several chances to tie it in the final 10 minutes of the frame, including two doorstep chances by Rowney and a backdoor feed from Nick Mattson to Danny Kristo, but Tigers goalie Joe Howe was strong.

UND finally got the equalizer at 6:11 of the second period, when Corban Knight won a faceoff clean to Gleason, who blasted one off the post and in to tie it 1-1. Knight extended his point streak to a career-long eight games with the assist, and Gleason added his second career goal (the first one also was scored in World Arena).

Although UND continued to pile on the pressure, the Tigers once again went to intermission with the lead because Krushelnyski backhanded a shot from the slot past Saunders on Colorado College’s only scoring chance in the first 10 minutes of the frame.

UND’s Corban Knight nearly tied it early in the third on a rush up the left wing, but Howe stopped that chance and the Tigers converted a UND turnover at the 1:03 mark to get a two-goal lead.

FIRST PERIOD: 1, CC, Hanson (Morin, Collett) 7:35.

SECOND PERIOD: 2, UND, Gleason (Knight) 6:11. 3, CC, Krushelnyski (Winkler, Taft) 9:32.

THIRD PERIOD: 4, CC, Rapuzzi (Winkler, Krushelnyski) 1:03. 5, CC, Winkler (Taft, Krushelnyski) 11:45. 6, UND, Caggiula (Grimaldi, Mattson) 12:42. 7, CC, Winkler (Krushelnyski, Taft) 13:02. 8, UND, Caggiula (Forbort, Gaarder) 18:55 (pp).

SAVES: UND, Saunders 7-6-8–21. CC, Howe 16-13-15–44.


Schlossman writes for the Grand Forks Herald