COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. Trey Bradley collected a goal and two assists to help Colorado College extend its unbeaten streak to four games with a 4-2 victory over New Hampshire Saturday night at the Broadmoor World Arena.
Six goals were scored in the first period, the first by Bradley just 1:43 into the contest. Nick Halloran sent a pass from behind the net that Bradley roofed over the shoulder of UNH goalie Ty Taylor.
Just like they did three times on Friday, the Wildcats evened the score when Ara Nazarian scored on the power play at the 6:50 mark.
At the 7:52 mark of the opening frame, Ty Pochipinski scored his first collegiate goal on his first collegiate shot to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead. He took a drop pass from Erik Middendorf and fired a rocket past Taylor from the right circle.
The first two-goal lead of the weekend came courtesy of Halloran, who scored his second of the season at the 10:37 mark after Bradley found him open in the slot. Taylor was lifted for Mike Robinson after making six saves and giving up three goals.
The Wildcats cut the lead to 3-2, but it took some time for everyone in the arena to figure it out. UNH’s Richard Boyd collected the puck at his own blue line, flew into the Tiger zone and fired a slap shot that got past Tiger goalie Alex Leclerc and moved the back of the net, but did not stay in the net. Play continued on for another minute or so, until a stoppage and video review showed the goal was good.
Pochipinski was not the only Tiger to score his first career goal Saturday as Bryan Yoon did the trick with 2:11 remaining in the first. The puck squirted out to the slot after a scrum in front of the UNH net and Bradley found Yoon for the game-winner to make it 4-2.
Mason Bergh nearly made it a three-goal advantage in the second period when his shot squeezed through the legs of Robinson and nearly crossed the goal line, but it was waved off by the referee and upheld after video review. Bergh then clanged a shot off the pipe later in the middle frame.
The teams played nearly two full periods with no scoring until Marcus Vela scored as Robinson was on the bench for an extra skater with 2:31 remaining in the third period to cut the Tiger lead to 4-3. Robinson exited the ice again with 2:09 left on the clock, but Grant Cruikshank blocked a couple of UNH shots and the Wildcats did not come up with another shot on goal.
Bradley recorded his second multi-point game of the season, while Halloran had a goal and an assist and Bergh collected a pair of helpers as the Tigers’ top line recorded a season-high seven points.
The Tigers were shut out on the power play for just the second time this season, going 0-for-4, while UNH was 1-for-2. CC outshot the Wildcats, 25-19, with Bradley equaling his career-high with a game-high six shots. Leclerc improved his record to 4-0-1 with 17 saves, while Robinson had 15 after taking over late in the first period.
Colorado College wraps up its six-game homestand and opens NCHC play with a two-game series against St. Cloud State, Nov. 2-3, at the Broadmoor World Arena.