Tigers Down SCSU 5-2 for First NCHC Road Win

Teemu Kivihalme scores CC's first goal in the 5-2 win (photo prout)

Teemu Kivihalme scores CC’s first goal in the 5-2 win (photo prout)

With 17 wins since the start of the 2013-14 season, there has not been a lot of joy surrounding the Colorado College Tigers hockey program. At a minimum,  they can set things aside for a weekend as they dumped #4 ranked St. Cloud State 5-2 on Saturday and picked up their first NCHC road win of the season. Never mind that the Tigers were outshot 49-22 or that they were facing one of the top goalies statistically in the country. They still had to score timely goals and Jacob Nehama had to outduel the Huskies Charlie Lindgren.

The Tigers scored early on a slap shot from the point by Teemu Kivihalme 3:08 into the first period for a 1-0 lead. However, SCSU responded with a goal of their own at 7:58 by David Morley (Murray / Prow). Ethan Prow placed a shot on net that rebounded to Morley who promptly buried it for a 1-1 game. But, Colorado College took the lead again at 12:30 of the first period on a goal by Hunter Fefes. In a congested scramble in front  of the SCSU goal, Fejes found a loose puck and deposited it for a 2-1 CC lead. The Huskies outshot CC 17-6 but couldn’t solve CC goaltender Nehama who was heating up for another outstanding game in goal.

The Tigers took full control of the scoreboard in period two  scoring three times to take a commanding 5-1 lead while outshooting the Huskies 13-12.  Tanner Ockey  scored his first goal of the year at 2:07 off a SCSU turnover. Planted in front of the net, Ockey found the puck directed to him and he beat Lindgren for a 3-1 CC lead. Next, Ben Israel scored his first goal of the year at 9:51 on a shot from the left dot for a 4-1 Tiger lead. Sam Rothstein finished off the scoring at 17:45 on the power play tapping in a nice wrap around attempt by Luc Gerdes for a 5-1 lead and an early exit for Charlie Lindgren at periods end.

The Huskies finally got on the board again at 6:35 of the third period with a power play goal off a shot from the point by Jimmy Schuldt (Nevalainen / Murray). But, despite outshooting Colorado College 20-3 in the third period the Huskies were unable to solve CC’s Nehama any further in the 5-2 loss.

In an outstanding night in goal, the Tigers Nehama stopped 47 of 49 SCSU shots on goal. SCSU’s Charlie Lindgren had a rough night in goal turning aside 14 of 19 shots and exiting the game after period two. Backup, Rasmus Reijola stopped all three shots directed at him in period three. On the man-advantage the Tigers were 1 for 3 while SCSU was 1 for 4. The loss drops SCSU’s record to 17-5-0 as they prepare for a key series at Duluth. The Tigers record improves to 5-17-0.

Stars of the Game: #1 Nehama (CC) #2 Rothstein (CC) #3 Kivihalme (CC)

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