COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Troy Conzo scored a pair of goals and Chris Wilkie added a goal and an assist to lead Colorado College to a 4-2 victory over Miami Saturday night at the Broadmoor World Arena.
The Tigers (8-9-1, 3-6-1 NCHC) jumped out to a quick start, putting home three goals in the first period. Conzo opened the scoring with the first of his two tallies just 2:22 into the contest. Christiano Versich’s wraparound attempt was saved by Miami goalie Ryan Larkin, but the puck squirted under his legs and Conzo poked it in the net.
CC took a 2-0 lead when Chris Wilkie’s shot from the slot during a Tiger power play deflected off a Miami defender past Larkin at the 9:56 mark. Wilkie, the reigning Division I National Player of the Week, has scored in four consecutive games and notched his NCHC-leading 15th goal of the season.
Conzo made it 3-0 with 5:04 remaining in the opening frame when he took a drop pass from Patrick Cozzi and placed a perfect wrist shot from the right circle just inside the far post.
Miami (6-11-3, 3-6-1-1 NCHC) scored the only goal of the second period when John Sladic put the puck past CC goalie Matt Vernon from the bottom of the left circle at the 16:36 mark. Chase Pletzke’s shot from the slot was blocked by Kristian Blumenschein, but the puck went right to Sladic, who had an open net.
After CC was called for too many men on the ice four minutes into the third period, Derek Daschke cut the CC lead to one at the 5:16 mark with a shot from the point that eluded Vernon, but Josiah Slavin put the Tigers back up by two at 13:20 of the final frame. Chris Wilkie chipped the puck to Alex Berardinelli, who led an odd-man rush and hit Slavin, who was streaking ahead of him, with a perfect pass just to the right of Larkin and Slavin put it home for his third tally of the season.
Larkin was pulled for an extra skater for the final 3:31, but Vernon came up with five saves to preserve the victory.
What Head Coach Mike Haviland Said
“Everything we talked about that we needed do with time and space was done. It was not an easy (Saturday morning) meeting.”
“You give them a little bit of that (momentum) with their first goal at the end of the second. You knew they were going to come (in the third) and then we get the too many men call and they score and it’s a new ballgame.”
“Getting that fourth one maybe put them away. I am super proud with how they came back from Friday.”
Colorado College Notes
Wilkie led all players with a career-high 13 shots and has six goals in his last four games
Conzo collected the second game-winning goal of his career
Yoon had two assists in a game for the second time this season and eighth time in his career
Matt Vernon finished with 29 saves
The Tigers outshot Miami, 36-31
Miami’s four shots in the first period equaled the fewest in a period by an opponent this season (Michigan State, 3rd period on Oct. 25)
CC was 1-4 on the power play; Miami was 1-1
The Tigers travel to Kalamazoo, Mich., for a two-game series against Western Michigan, Jan. 17-18.