Demonstrating the ability to play three complete periods in a series finale, Colorado College showed some true grit on Saturday.
CC just could not buy a break.
The visiting Tigers out-shot the University of Minnesota Duluth by a 32-26 margin in a hard-hitting, physical battle at AMSOIL Arena, but it was 17th-ranked UMD that escaped with a 2-1 victory in the nightcap of their two-game National Collegiate Hockey Conference set.
Junior defenseman Ian Young scored three seconds into a five-minute power play at 14:31 of the third period, cutting a 2-0 deficit in half, while senior goaltender Josh Thorimbert kicked out 24 of 26 shots by the Bulldogs to highlight the night's effort.
Minnesota Duluth, however, was able to make sophomore Cal Dekowski's tally earlier in the final frame stand up while leap-frogging two teams into second place in the continually tightening NCHC standings.
UMD, now 13-9-4 overall, improved to 8-6-2-2 in league play and trails first-place St. Cloud State by just two points.
Colorado College, meanwhile, remains tied with Miami University for seventh in the NCHC. The Tigers, 3-18-5 overall, are 3-9-4-1 in conference play with eight games remaining.
Duluth snapped a scoreless deadlock with 29 seconds left in the opening period, cashing in on a five-minute power play of their own after coming up empty on an extended 5-on-3 advantage earlier in the frame. Freshman forward Kyle Osterberg got credit for the goal, redirecting rookie defenseman Willie Raskob's shot past Thorimbert, who wasn't beaten again until 7:39 into the third stanza.
Dekowski got free on the left side, took a pass from senior Joe Basaraba and went top shelf from inside the faceoff circle to make it 2-0. Junior winger Caleb Herbert, a CC nemesis the last two seasons, also assisted on the game winner.
Young finally whistled a shot between the pads of UMD netminder Aaron Crandall after Archie Skalbeck won a faceoff in the Bulldogs zone, getting Colorado College on the board with 5:29 left. The Tigers, who played more than half the game with only five defensemen and 11 forwards, kept the man advantage until the closing 32 seconds but could not capitalize.
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