The Colorado College men’s hockey team dropped two tight games this past weekend to North Dakota, now the first-ranked team in the country. The Tigers are back at the World Arena this Friday night to kick off a two-game series against St. Cloud State.
The Tigers, (5-16-1, 1-11-1) overall, are proud of their performance this weekend. “These two games gave us a lot of confidence going into the home stretch of our season,” said sophomore forward Luc Gerdes. “Now we want to be able to take advantage of being at World Arena with our fans and build some momentum for playoffs.”
The Tigers came out blazing Friday night, but ultimately fell to UND 2-1. CC’s Alex Roos opened up the scoring in the first period with a goal on a redirected shot from senior Scott Wamsganz. Junior Cody Bradley also picked up his team-leading 11th assist on the play. North Dakota evened the game in the second period and was able to put away a game-winning goal late in the third period.
Marble finished the game with 26 saves for CC in his fourth consecutive solid outing. “He [Marble] is playing with a lot of confidence right now,” Head Coach Mike Haviland told a reporter after the game. “He is doing a great job with his focus and preparation.”
“The first game at UND was one of our best all season,” said Gerdes. “The team was clicking on all cylinders to start and we dominated the first period.” Despite the one goal loss, “we felt like we outplayed them for most of the game,” Gerdes added. “They took advantage of their opportunities and we ended up behind, but not discouraged.”
North Dakota completed a two-game sweep of Colorado College with a 5-3 victory over the Tigers Saturday night. After just three goals were scored in UND’s 2-1 victory on Friday, the two teams combined for four goals in the first period alone on Saturday.
Senior captain Charlie Taft responded to an early goal UND by knocking in a rebound during a power play to even the score. UND went ahead again just 1:17 later. Wamsganz then countered and scored another power play goal to tie the game at 2-2.
“We played a great first period tonight,” Haviland said to a reporter after the game. “We actually played five good periods against a really good team this weekend.”
But the Tigers struggled to maintain their offensive presence and conceded two more goals to UND before CC pulled Marble late in the third period. With an extra attacker, the Tigers managed to close the gap to 4-3 when Aaron Harstad scored with 1:53 left in the game. UND then scored an open netter to secure the win.
“We came into the game knowing we had to capitalize on our power play chances,” said Gerdes, “And I think we brought our A-game in that respect… It feels like we only lost by one goal. Take away one mistake or give us another bounce, and either game could have gone our way.”