After a holiday break, the Colorado College Men’s Hockey team skated into the New Year with several games of challenging National Collegiate Hockey Conference play. The team headed to North Dakota last weekend to face the highly ranked University of North Dakota (UND) Fighting Hawks. The Tigers headed into game one with great intensity, fighting from behind the entire game.
Down 2–0 in the second period, the Tigers bounced back with a goal from forward Westin Michaud ’19. Forward Erik Middendorf ’22 tied the game at 2 early into the third period, deflecting a shot from forward Troy Conzo ’21. It was the UND transfer and redshirt junior Chris Wilkie ’20 who gave the Tigers the 3–2 advantage with a powerful goal halfway through the third period. After holding off North Dakota’s offense for a majority of the period, they eventually tied the game at 3–3 and heading into overtime. The Tigers eventually succumbed to UND in overtime, resulting in a 4–3 loss.
The same problems plagued the Tigers in the second matchup against North Dakota, which resulted in another tough 3–2 overtime loss. The Tigers struggled to get going early, allowing UND to take an early 2–0 lead in the first. Once again, the Tigers managed to bounce back, with forward Westin Michaud ’19 scoring a shorthanded goal with only a few minutes left in the second period remaining. It was forward Trey Bradley ’19 tied the game at two after a powerful onslaught on shots eventually broke past the North Dakota keeper..
The Tigers were set to host the University of Denver Pioneers January 18 for the fight for the Gold Pan, but the game had to be delayed due to weather. It was postponed for a later date.
Although the game was postponed, complicating each team’s schedules, the Tigers were ready for another matchup against their rivals. On Jan. 19, the Tigers headed up to Denver the to battle the Pioneers in the first leg of the race for the Gold Pan. Guaranteed to be a hard fought battle, the Tigers came out firing, scoring four goals in the first two periods. Headlined by senior forward Trey Bradley ’19, the Tigers also got some necessary help from forwards Trevor Gooch ’19 and Christiano Versich ’22 who helped bolster the Tiger lead. Heading into the third period with the Tigers leading at 4–2, the No. 1 team in the conference proved to be too powerful for the Tigers, eventually evening the game at 4-4, sending the Tigers into their third straight overtime. After two overtime periods of tight play, it was the Pioneers who earned the extra point in the standings after winning in a sudden death shootout.
Despite the tie, the Tigers look poised to continue conference play and get back to their winning ways when they head to Miami University in Ohio next weekend. To stay up-to-date with all Tiger Hockey news, check them out on all social media. Go Tigers!