In what has become typical Saturday-night fashion this season, Colorado College again found a way to bounce back.
The Tigers, still stinging from their loss at Air Force 24 hours earlier, rallied from an early 1-0 deficit at the World Arena to edge Colgate University, 3-2, and came out of their fourth consecutive November weekend with a big victory on the heels of defeat.
While it was the reliable No. 1 line of Bill Sweatt, Chad Rau and Eric Walsky that pulled CC even at 6:11 of the second period, a different cast of heroes stepped up and took care of the rest.
Junior defenseman Kris Fredheim scored from the slot with 53.6 seconds left in that middle frame, giving his team their first lead of the contest. Then, at 5:30 of the third period, sophomore center Tyler Johnson clicked for a power-play goal that proved to be the game winner.
They were the first tallies of the season for both players.
Both came at the end of slam-bang passing plays, Fredheim’s from freshman Nick Dineen and junior Mike Testwuide while Johnson’s was set up by senior Scott McCulloch and freshman Tim Hall.
With the non-conference triumph, the Tigers improved to 9-4-3 overall.
Colgate, which dropped to 4-6-2, didn’t go down easy. In fact, were it not for a couple spectacular saves by Richard Bachman in the final 15 minutes, the visitors from Hamilton, N.Y., might have handed CC its first Saturday loss of the campaign.
The Raiders, who got a shorthanded goal from Austin Smith in the opening period and an even-strength effort by Peter Bogdanich just 18 seconds after Johnson put Colorado College ahead 3-1, saw Tom Riley and Nick Prockow robbed point-blank by Bachman with the game on the line down the stretch.
Bachman finished with 25 stops, while Colgate goaltender Alex Evin had 22. Sweatt scored CC's first goal on a nice one-timer from the top of the left faceoff circle.
The Tigers, who play six of their next eight games at home, are 7-1 at the World Arena as well as 6-0-1 on Saturdays so far in 2008-09.