The Colorado College men’s hockey team dropped two games last weekend to St. Cloud State in front of a home crowd at the Broadmoor World Arena.

The Tigers, now 5-18-1, were unable to build on the previous week’s near-upset of the University of North Dakota, the No. 2-ranked team in the country.

“We got away from our team identity and focus this past weekend,” said sophomore Christian Heil. “We need to reset and get back to the hard working style of play that was bringing us success.”

Assistant Coach RJ Enga agreed. “We came home after a long series of road games, started to relax, and lost some of the intensity and focus that we had before,” he said. “With our schedule we can’t afford to fall into that trap.”

And it seems the Tigers were missing something last Friday night. CC was down a goal a mere 1:14 after the puck dropped against SCSU where the Huskies ultimately toppled the Tigers 7-1. SCSU managed to put away three more goals in the first period—all of which were scored in a span of one minute—to make the score 4-0.

An apparent goal by Heil was waved off just two minutes into the second period. Heil was then called for a checking from behind penalty at the 4:49 mark and the Huskies were able to capitalize on the power play by scoring three more goals during the penalty, ultimately outshooting the Tigers 14-2 to finish the period. CC’s sophomore defenseman Jaccob Slavin scored the Tiger’s only goal near the end of the third period.

“Friday was a tough night for us,” said Heil. “We didn’t come out ready to play top to bottom which is something that can’t happen with our schedule at this point in the season.”

The Tigers looked to respond Saturday, but fell again to the Huskies 6-1. CC’s Sam Rothstein put away his fifth goal of the season early in the first period off a pass from senior captain Charlie Taft. The Huskies responded just minutes later with a goal of their own to even the score. The next goal came from SCSU late in the second period, followed by another to kick off the third. The Huskies scored three more goals in the final period.

“We gave ourselves a chance to win going into the third period but we let the game get away from us after SCSU’s third goal,” said Heil. “Once again, we made mistakes that we can’t afford to make.

It’s no secret that there is frustration within the team and from fans about Tiger’s losing record this season.

“There’s no question that this has been a rebuilding year for us,” said Enga. “There has been a lot of newness to absorb this season, and that’s to be expected. It takes awhile for a new team and coaching staff to come together.”

After their fifth consecutive loss, the Tigers are in need of some inspiration. Friday’s home game against the University of Denver, CC’s archrival, might be exactly what the team needs to get back on track.

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