COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Halfway through the Colorado College hockey season, there's two players miles away from others in points: forwards Chris Wilkie and Nick Halloran.
The two seniors, two captains, aren't willing to end their senior season without making waves in conference play.
"Every game is do or die," Halloran said Wednesday after practice. "I know the next couple games are incredibly huge for points within the conference. It's really up to us what we want our fate to be."
Halloran is the distributor, tallying 11 assists on the 2019-2020 Tigers season. His favorite target? Wilkie, who has found the back of the net for 13 goals this season (including a hat trick in late December win against St. Lawrence).
The pair are roommates, self-described great friends who always seem to know where the other is on the ice.
"I think we both know when hee gets the puck it's coming to me....and I just kinda get open," Wilkie said, smiling. "We work really well together I think our games compliment each other well. It's always fun playing with him."
In recent games, coach Mike Haviland have split up the duo, spreading talent to the Tigers deeper lines. However, the two remain together on the power play where two of Wilkie's goals were scored against St. Lawrence. On Tuesday, Wilkie was named the National Collegiate Hockey Conference Player of the Month, leading the NCHC with 29 shots on goal.
"It's obviously nice to get some recognition," Wilkie said. "You kind of want to ride it out as long as you can, because in hockey there's ups and downs and it can go the other way pretty quick."
"It's for the good of the Tigers," Halloran said about Wilkie's December award. "Whether he gets it, whether I get, whatever happens I think it's good for the team because that means one of us is doing something right. I'm happy for him. He's a good player."
The Tigers (7-8-1) will open the 2020 calendar with a pair of home games against NCHC foe Miami University. Puck drops at 7:37 p.m. on Friday and 6:07 p.m. Saturday from Broadmoor World Arena.