Colorado College finally has tasted victory in a series opener.
CC’s new scoring machine, Brian McMillin, struck for a pair of timely goals to fuel the Tigers to a 5-2 triumph over Minnesota State University in the first of their two-game WCHA set at the World Arena.
The two tallies gave McMillin four in the last three outings after he had gone 38 without one. As a result, his team snapped a dubious streak during which it had failed to win in nine consecutive weekend openers dating back to mid-October.
The victory also lifted CC, now 12-6-5 overall, past Minnesota and into second place in the WCHA standings with an 8-5-2 record and 18 points in league play.
Andreas Vlassopoulos, Tyler Johnson and Stephen Schultz also scored power-play goals as the Tigers converted on three of seven opportunities with the man advantage. Sophomore goaltender Richard Bachman finished with 31 saves, making several big stops in the early going when the contest was still close.
Mike Zacharias made 24 saves for the Mavericks, who got goals from Kael Mouillierat at 11:59 of the first period and Blake Friesen at 5:10 of the second.
McMillin’s first red lighter of the night, at 12:32 of the middle frame, snapped a 2-2 deadlock and wound up as the game winner. His second, at 4:52 of the third period, gave Colorado College a three-goal lead and took whatever wind may have been left in MSU’s sails. Both came with the teams skating at even strength and were set up by Addison DeBoer.
Eric Walski also collected a pair of assists in the win.