COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. -- Westin Michaud and Troy Conzo each recorded a goal and an assist Friday night to lead Colorado College to a 5-2 victory over Vermont in a non-conference game at the Broadmoor World Arena.
Despite controlling the play for most of the first period and outshooting Vermont, 14-7, the Tigers trailed 1-0 after 20 minutes. Matt Alvaro opened the scoring at the 11:34 mark after collecting the puck following a blocked shot and beating Alex Leclerc with a wrist shot from the top of the right circle.
Conzo tied the game with his second goal of the year at the 3:45 mark. Trevor Gooch sent a through pass to Christiano Versich at the Vermont blue line. Versich collected the pass, spun around and found Conzo, who cleanly beat Vermont goalie Stefanos Lekkas clean from the slot.
The Tigers (7-6-2) took the lead for good when Michaud took a pass from Alex Pernistsky and found himself one-on-one with Lekkas. Michaud’s wrister went just inside the left post from the slot to make it 2-1 with 4:22 remaining in the period.
Trey Bradley knocked home his own rebound for an insurance goal 1:20 into the third period. After Nick Halloran hit Bradley streaking down the slot, Lekkas stopped Bradley’s first shot, but not his second and it was 3-1.
It stayed that way until the final 1:26 of the game, when the teams combined for three goals. With Lekkas on the bench, Conor O’Neil scored to cut the lead to 3-2, but Gooch scored an empty-netter with 36 seconds remaining and Grant Cruikshank notched his third of the season with 13 seconds to play.
“I am really proud of the way we played tonight,” head coach Mike Haviland said. “We were confident with the puck.”
Colorado College was 0-for-2 on the power play and was not called for a penalty for the first time since Dec. 14, 2013 at Wisconsin.
Leclerc finished the game with 22 saves, including a couple of point-blank saves early in the second period and a tremendous glove save on a wraparound attempt by Alvaro with eight minutes remaining in the third period.
“He (Leclerc) made some really big saves in the second period,” Haviland said. “He has done that since he’s been here.”
The Tigers outshot Vermont, 41-24, the fifth consecutive game CC held the shot advantage and the second-highest total this season (47 vs. Alabama Huntsville on Oct. 12). Lekkas had 36 saves for the Catamounts (4-8-1).
The two teams battle again Saturday night, beginning at 6 p.m.