Defensive play dooms CC again

A New Year's emphasis on keeping the puck out of its own net did not quite materialize as planned for Colorado College on Friday.

Instead, it was more of the “same old, same old” as CC ushered in 2013 with a 8-4 road loss to No. 15-ranked University of Nebraska Omaha at the CenturyLink Center.

The loss extended the Tigers' winless skid to six games, at 0-5-1, while dropping them to 8-11-2 overall for the season and 5-7-1 in the WCHA.

UNO capitalized on miscues to score four times in the opening eight minutes of the second period, building a 6-2 lead before senior defenseman Mike Boivin's second of three goals with less than 13 seconds left in the frame pulled the visitors within striking distance for the final 20 minutes.

But a comeback was not in the cards on this night, even with the venerable Doc Emrick calling the action for NBC Sports Network's live national telecast.

Sophomore forward Josh Archibald fueled the assault with a hat trick while junior Ryan Walters, who leads the nation in scoring, contributed a goal and three assists for the Mavericks. Tanner Lane added a pair of red lighters, including the game winner, as Nebraska Omaha improved to 12-8-1 overall and to within a point of first place at 8-4-1 in conference play.

Out-shot by a 10-6 margin in the first period, Colorado College escaped trailing only 2-1 thanks to a breakaway tally by sophomore right wing Charlie Taft at 4:42 that negated Lane's rebound goal just 73 seconds into the contest.

Archibald put the Mavs on top to stay at 13:18 after an errant clearing pass by the Tigers resulted in a turnover in the high slot. Meanwhile, CC dodged a couple bullets as Matt White, who set up both Lane and Archibald, missed the net on a clear-cut break of his own and another apparent goal by the home team was disallowed.

But, once the middle stanza got under way, things quickly got out of hand. Zahn Raubenheimer struck just 25 seconds in, Archibald clicked again at 1:32, and Lane and Walters followed suit within 25 seconds of each other at 7:25 and 7:50.

Boivin, who earlier struck on a power play at 3:39 and with the Tigers shorthanded late in the period, completed his first career hat trick with an even-strength effort to cut the deficit to 6-4 with 4:52 left in the game. But White countered 17 seconds later, and Archibald added a shorthanded marker at 19:19 to cap the victory.

Junior left wing Alexander Krushelnyski collected a pair of assists for Colorado College.