Colorado College hockey finished up a series of difficult matchups in the past few weeks, as they struggled against No. 1 University of Minnesota-Duluth and University of Miami at Ohio. Unlike previous performances, the Tigers failed to find the back of the net during game one of the series against Duluth, losing 0–3.
The Bulldogs managed to score a goal early in the first, and the Tigers nearly equalized early in the second with powerful shots from the likes of forwards Grant Cruikshank ’22, Tanner Ockey ’19, and Westin Michaud ’20, but none got past Duluth goalie Hunter Shepard, who rejected 19 shots. The Bulldogs eventually shut down the Tigers halfway through the second, allowing just nine shots throughout the rest of the game. Duluth capitalized on possession, netting another goal off to close out the second period. Powerplays were a factor for the Tigers with two man-up situations in the opening period, but they failed to capitalize on the Bulldogs mistakes.
Game two against Duluth provided similar results, with the Bulldogs thwarting the Tigers 1–5. Shepard came up big again, recording 15 saves, and only allowed one goal. Nick Hallorhan ’20 struck for the Tigers, tallying his fourth goal of the season. Tiger goalie Alec Leclerc ’19 struggled against the powerful Bulldog offense, eventually getting pulled at the beginning of the third period for Alec Calvaruso ’21. Leclerc finished the night with 27 saves through two periods.
The team headed home after Duluth to face No. 20 Miami-Ohio at home on Nov. 16 and 17. The Tigers looked much more comfortable at home, erasing their four-game losing streak by defeating Miami 2–1. Leclerc came up huge for the Tigers, recording 29 saves after a tough weekend series at Duluth. The shot-stopper did a lot of the heavy lifting for the Tigers due to a handful of penalties that left the Tigers facing a powerful Miami team a man down. Forward Erik Middendorf ’22 proved to be the hero for the Tigers, netting a spectacular goal towards the end of the 2nd period. Just his second goal of the season, it was the difference for the Tigers against a challenging Miami team.
The second game of the weekend was another hard-fought battle, as Miami took the victory after an extra overtime period. Powerplays were again a factor for both sides. The Tigers headed into the final two minutes of regulation with a one man advantage, but couldn’t capitalize on it. It was the Miami side that managed to do so when forward Trey Bradley ’19 was called for interference with less than a minute in overtime. The Tigers battled the entire game from a 0–2 deficit during regulation, but the Miami offense was too much.
By splitting the series with Duluth, the Tigers are 5–6–1 with a 1–5 conference record. After a week off, the Tigers look to win some games on the road on Nov. 31 and Dec. 1 against the University of Nebraska at Omaha.