On the verge of pulling off a near miracle on the road, Colorado College allowed an opponent to rip the elusive thrill of victory from its grasp once again.
Senior defenseman Scott Warner's extra-attacker goal with 73 seconds left in regulation pulled the University of Alaska Anchorage even on Saturday as the teams battled to their second tie in as many nights – this time a 3-3 deadlock in front of a sparse but rowdy crowd at Sullivan Arena.
The see-saw affair had everything, including a penalty shot by CC captain William Rapuzzi that knotted the score at 2-2 midway through the third period and a go-ahead by junior winger Archie Skalbeck at 16:41 of the frame.
But in the end, on a weekend when the minimum expectation was three points, the struggling Tigers had to settle for two. They also squandered a late lead in Friday's 2-2 standoff with last-place UAA.
"It was a great back-and-forth game,” head coach Scott Owens said after watching his troops rally from an early 2-0 deficit. “We showed a lot of character by coming back like we did, and anyone could have won it in the end. But, given the fact that we were as shorthanded as we were, I was proud of the effort."
MIssing from the lineup was sophomore defenseman Aaron Harstad, who left Friday's contest with an injury in the opening period and was unable to suit up at all on Saturday. Then, with Colorado College still trailing 2-1 early in the second period, senior forward Scott Winkler was assessed a five-minute major and game misconduct for checking from behind.
CC, 10-14-4 overall and 7-10-3 in league play, remains ninth in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association heading into next week's showdown series with the University of Denver. The Seawolves, whose fans celebrated as though they won, actually failed to for the 14th consecutive outing – a span during which they've gone 0-11-3.
Senior defenseman Mike Boivin also scored for the Tigers, cutting Alaska Anchorage's 2-0 lead in half late in the middle stanza. It was Boivin's 12th goal of the season, tops among NCAA Division I blue-line specialists natonwide. Rapuzzi's team-leading 14th red lighter, after he was tripped from behind by UAA's Austin Coldwell during Colorado College's fourth of six unsuccessfu power plays, came at 8:07 of the third period.
The Seawolves converted on two of eight power plays, with Coldwell at 14:57 of the first period and Matt Bailey at 4:23 of the second.
Freshman right wing Jared Hanson, like Rapuzzi an Alaska native, assisted on Skalbeck's goal.