COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. -- Alex Leclerc had a season-high 39 saves, including 16 in a wild third period, as Colorado College skated to a 3-3 draw with New Hampshire Friday night at the Broadmoor World Arena.
Max Gildon posted a goal and two assists for New Hampshire (0-2-1) and Mike Robinson had 34 saves, including point-blank chances by CC’s Westin Michaud and Bryan Yoon in the final seconds of overtime.
With the score even at 1-all entering the third period, Alex Berardinelli scored his team-high fifth goal of the season at the 6:08 mark after taking a pass from Tanner Ockey and putting the puck past UNH goalie Mike Robinson. Trevor Gooch collected the second assist on the play as his initial shot from the slot was saved by Robinson.
The Tigers’ lead lasted just 16 seconds, however, as Angus Crookshank evened the score at the 6:24 mark. CC (3-1-1) took the lead for the third time in the game when Chris Wilkie scored on a 5-on-3 power play at 8:09 of the third period. Mason Bergh and Trey Bradley assisted on the play.
But the Wildcats fought back and evened the score again as Liam Blackburn scored his first goal of the season at the 9:43 mark of the third.
“We need to learn that when we have a goal we have momentum and we can’t give it right back,” head coach Mike Haviland said. “We did that twice tonight.”
Both teams had scoring chances in the final minutes, as Leclerc stoned Jackson Pierson on a 2-on-1 chance with just less than three minutes to play in regulation, then CC had a 2-on-1 chance of its own with time running out in the third but Robinson saved a shot by Bergh to send the game to overtime.
Grant Cruikshank opened the scoring for the Tigers with one minute left in the first period. After UNH’s Will MacKinnon was called for holding, Michaud won the faceoff and Yoon sent the puck across the ice to Cruikshank, who beat Robinson with a blast from the right point for his second goal of the season. The Tigers outshot UNH, 14-8, in the first 20 minutes.
The Wildcats turned the tables in the second period, outshooting CC, 13-4. Gildon evened the score with 4:15 remaining in the period with a shot from the right point that eluded Leclerc.
UNH put another 18 shots on net in the third and finished the game with 42 shots, the most given up by CC this season. The Tigers, meanwhile, had 14 in the third and finished with 37. Wilkie led all players with seven shots, while Ara Nazarian led the Wildcats with six.
Colorado College was 2-for-7 on the power play and killed off all three of its penalties.
The two teams will meet again on Saturday, Oct. 20, beginning at 6 p.m.