The Colorado College hockey team fell to tenth-ranked Boston College last Friday. Sophomore forward Colin White led the Eagles with two goals, and added an assist to cap off a 4-1 victory over the Tigers.
First-year forward Nick Halloran got CC on the board first with a power-play tally 5:30 into the game. Halloran was assisted by junior defenseman Teemu Kivihalme and first-year forward Branden Makara. Makara set up Halloran’s wrister from the left circle that beat BC first-year goaltender Ryan Edquist for CC’s only goal of the night.
The Eagles would bounce back and record two power-play goals of their own before the period was finished. White notched the first of the two for the Eagles, and assisted on sophomore defenseman Casey Fitzgerald’s goal that put the Eagles up 1-2. Their final two goals would come in the second period, sealing their win over the Tigers in their first and only matchup this regular season. CC was outshot 24-34, and finished the game 1-9 on the power play.
Halloran, the Tigers’ lone goal scorer, emphasized the need to tighten up special teams play after the loss to BC. When asked where he sees room for improvement, he didn’t hesitate to start with special teams. “I think we can stay out of the penalty box, penalties have been a problem for us, and I personally need to stay out of the box more.” Two of BC’s goals were scored on the power play on Friday.
Special teams were what ailed the Tigers on Friday, and they once again proved to be the deciding factor in the game Saturday. This time, CC capitalized on just about every opportunity they were given, scoring two shorthanded goals and two more on the power-play. CC’s defense also killed off all seven man-advantages the Tigers handed UNH.
Sophomore forward Gregg Burmaster converted on a two-on-one with fellow sophomore forward Tanner Ockey just over two minutes into the contest, notching the first goal of his career in his first appearance of the season. First-year forward Alex Berardinelli and senior forward Sam Rothstein connected just over three minutes later for the second shorthanded goal of the game for the Tigers, and Rothstein’s first tally of the season.
Although the Wildacts cut CC’s lead in half before the end of the first frame, Halloran struck on the power play just over four minutes into the second period, stretching the lead to 3-1. UNH put two more points on the board in the ensuing five minutes of play, tying the game going into the final period of play.
Just over four minutes into the pivotal final frame of play, Halloran buried a wrist shot top shelf on the power play for what would prove to be the game-winning goal.
“I thought our tram showed great resiliency after Friday and we battled back and found a way to win Saturday,” Halloran said. “Our goalie Derek Shatzer played a great game.”
Shatzer, making his first start this season and the second of his career, denied 39 shots throughout the game, 20 of those coming in the first period.
“We found a way to win,” said Halloran. “I think I benefited from the work of my teammates, it could’ve been anyone really, I’m just glad it’s paying off.” Both of Halloran’s goals were assisted by Kivihalme and sophomore forward Trey Bradley.
Halloran came up big once again this weekend with his decisive team-leading fourth goal. His stellar play throughout the season thus far earned him recognition from Bauer and the National Collegiate Hockey Conference as the rookie of the week.
“It’s great to get recognition for hard work. I worked really hard over the summer and that’s nice to see. But I don’t think I’d be anywhere without my teammates,” Halloran said.
The Tigers hit the road next weekend to open conference play against the University of Nebraska Omaha on Friday and Saturday. The team won’t be playing this weekend. “Those are our first conference games and we’re really looking forward to that competitive play and the speed that comes with it,” Halloran said. With the way he’s playing, it’s likely we’ll be seeing his name on the box score in two week’s time.