Expecting to experience some growing pains early this season, Colorado College continues to struggle since charging out of the gates with three consecutive victories.
Cornell University clicked for three power-play goals, including Joel Lowry's second of the contest at 7:16 of the third period that proved to be the difference, while squeaking out a 3-2 victory on Saturday and completing a weekend sweep of CC at Lynah Rink in Ithaca, N.Y.
The Tigers, now 3-3, deserved better. They came out skating and working hard from the outset, finished with a 23-20 edge in shots on target, and battled until the final horn. But, for the second night in a row, their special teams came up short.
All five Big Red goals in the series came during manpower advantages.
On Saturday, when the ECAC officiating crew handed out the last five penalties of the game to Colorado College, the trend simply was too much for the visiting team to overcome depite a pair of five-on-five tallies by Charlie Taft and Alexander Krushelnyski.
Sophomore forward Brian Ferlin's shot from the right side with a second left in Cornell's first of eight power plays eluded screened netminder Josh Thorimbert to give the Big Red a 1-0 lead at 8:03 of the opening period.
CC evened things up at 12:39 when sophomore Taft gathered in a long pass from freshman winger Hunter Fejes during a line change, skated past a defender and found the top shelf behind goaltender Andy Iles for his second red lighter of the season.
The Tigers started the second frame a man up, couldn't capitalize, then took another penalty resulting in a quick goal by Joel Lowry that put Cornell back on top. And, although Krushelnsyki responded just 35 seconds after Lowry's third-period game winner, another equalizer wasn't in the cards.
Colorado College shoots to snap its three-game skid next week, opening WCHA play with a two-game series at the University of Wisconsin.