COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Just 24 hours after taking it to Air Force in the Falcons' own barn, Colorado College tasted a sample of it's own medicine at the World Arena on Saturday.
The Tigers suffered their first loss of the season, a 3-1 decision at the hands of former CC assistant coach Norm Bazin and No. 9-ranked University of Massachusetts Lowell in a game that really wasn't as close as the final score indicates .
While junior center Joseph Pendenza's goal at 7:16 of the third period ulitmately proved to be the difference, the visiting River Hawks out-shot CC by a 39-28 margin including a 14-10 edge in the final 20 minutes of play.
Junior netminder Doug Carr did make a number of quality saves among his total of 27 for UMass Lowell, which from the opening faceoff looked like the more desperate team on the heels of a 5-1 loss at the University of Denver a night earlier.
Carr's biigest stop came late in the second period, on a Colorado College counterattack after UML rang a pipe at the other end of the ice. He slid across the goalmouth to rob Andrew Hamburg, who scored four times in Friday's 6-2 victory at the academy, on the doorstep as Hamburg tried to convert Cody Bradley's feed off a 3-on-2 rush.
The only shot that got past Carr was a low wrister through traffic by sophomore defenseman Aaron Harstad that tied the contest 1-1 at 13:25 of the middle stanza.
Once Pendenza put UML back on top, the 19th-ranked Tigers failed to capitalize on their third power play of the contest before giving up an empty-net goal by Stephen Buco that sealed their doom with 30 seconds left.
CC, which fell to 3-1, needed to play from behind for the third consecutive game after speedster Ryan McGrath scored on a breakway to put the visitors up, 1-0, midway through the opening frame.
Carr protected the lead until Harstad pinched in from the right point, gathered in William Rapuzzi's feed from the left corner and fired a low wrist shot through traffic that found the back of the cage off the inside of the far post. Alexander Krushelnyski also assisted on the tally, Harstad's first as a Tiger and the first of the season for the team's blue-line corps.
Josh Holmstrom, a native of Colorado Springs, and A.J. White combined to set up Pendenza's game winner.
The victory was the first of the season for UMass Lowell, which improved to 1-1-1.
Junior Josh Thorimbert turned in a strong performance for the Tigers, finishing with a season-high 36 saves.