The beat goes on. And it's not a pleasant one as an old nemesis, craftily avoided until this weekend, returned to haunt Colorado College on Saturday.
Ignited by Bryce Aneloski's shorthanded goal that tied the game with 1:34 left in the second period, the University of Nebraska Omaha took care of business in the third and moved into first place in the WCHA with a 3-1 victory over the Tigers at the CenturyLink Center.
Andre Sustr and Josh Archibald scored 35 seconds apart midway through the final frame, breaking the deadlock and extending CC's winless streak to seven games.
The No. 15-ranked Mavericks, who completed a home-ice weekend sweep with the triumph, improved to 13-8-1 overall and 9-4-1 in league play after trailing for nearly two thirds of the contest.
Colorado College, playing with only five defensemen, grabbed an early lead when team captain William Rapuzzi deflected Eamonn McDermott's shot past UNO goaltender John Faulkner during a power play at 9:51 of the opening period. It was Rapuzzi's team-leading 11th tally of the season.
The Tigers, who suffered their ninth loss in the last 12 games and are 0-6-1 in the last seven, remained in control until UNO's Brent Gwidt broke up a rush at his own blue line during another CC power play late in the middle stanza. Gwidt sent the puck ahead to Dominic Zombo, who fed Aneloski above the right faceoff circle at the other end. Aneloski let fly with a quick shot that found its way between the pads of netminder Joe Howe at 18:26 to even the score at 1-1.
It was the second shorthanded goal of the series for Nebraska Omaha, which put an exclamation mark on Friday's 8-4 romp with a late SHG. Up until that point, the Tigers had not allowed one all season after surrendering 11 in each of the previous two campaigns.
The Mavericks carried the momentum into the third period, and at 9:28 capitalized on a controversial penalty to finally surge ahead. Sustr, who moments earlier appeared to haul down Colorado College's Mike Boivin cutting to the UNO cage, needed only six seconds after Boivin went to the box instead to click for what proved to be the game winner.
When Josh Archibald rocketed a slap shot over Howe's shoulder at 10:03, bumping Nebraska Omaha's lead to 3-1, this one was a done deal although the visitors enjoyed a man advantage twice more before it was over.
CC was able to get Howe to the bench in favor of an extra attacker for the final 1:53 of play, but could not get anything past Faulker, who finished with 20 saves. Howe made 27 stops for the Tigers, who resume action at the University of North Dakota next Friday and Saturday.
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