COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. Kobe Roth scored twice and Parker Mackay added a goal and an assist as 15th-ranked Minnesota Duluth completed a weekend sweep of Colorado College with a 5-1 victory Saturday night at the Broadmoor World Arena.
Westin Michaud put the Tigers (9-10-3, 3-7-2-1 NCHC) ahead 1-0 with a power-play goal at the 7:27 mark of the first period. Just seconds after the Bulldogs were called for too many men on the ice, Mason Bergh sent a pass from behind the net to Michaud, who fired a one-timer from the slot past UMD goalie Hunter Shepard. Nick Halloran also collected an assist on the play to equal his career high with a six-game point streak.
That is all Shepard allowed on the evening as the Bulldogs (11-9-3, 5-7-0-0 NCHC) scored the final five goals of the game and outshot CC, 45-19, including a 36-9 margin in the final two periods. Shepard finished the contest with 18 saves.
The Bulldogs tied the game at the 14:23 mark of the opening frame when Nick Wolff sent a wrister from the point that eluded freshman goalie Alec Calvaruso, who made his first collegiate start.
Roth scored the game-winner with 1:32 remaining in the second period by banging home a rebound after Calvaruso saved a shot by Mackay. Calvaruso exited the game following the second period and was replaced by Alex Leclerc, who made 18 saves in the final period, including one on a breakaway by Joey Anderson less than a minute in.
Mackey made it 3-1 at the 4:53 mark of the third when his shot from the right circle deflected off a CC defender and into the net. Just 40 seconds later, Billy Exell scored from the doorstep, then Roth completed the scoring with his second of the night with 1:52 remaining in the game.
“I was not happy with our last 40 (minutes),” head coach Mike Haviland said. “We did not play to our identity. That is not who we need to be to win a hockey game. We need to play a smart, simple game.”
The Tigers travel to Kalamazoo, Mich., for a weekend series against Western Michigan, Jan. 20-21.