Christiano Versich scored the game's only goal and Alex Leclerc made 18 saves for his eighth career shutout to lead Colorado College to a 1-0 victory Friday night over Alabama Huntsville at the Broadmoor World Arena.
The Tigers (2-1) had trouble solving UAH goalie Mark Sinclair all evening, despite peppering him with 23 shots in the first period alone. CC finally broke through at the 7:26 mark of the middle frame when Versich took a pass from Ben Israel and beat Sinclair from the slot. Grant Cruikshank also assisted on Versich's first tally of the season.
Leclerc saw just five shots in the first 20 minutes as the Tigers kept the puck in the Charger end for most of the period. He saw a little more action in the second period as UAH (0-3) got 10 shots through to him and he stoned Madison Dunn on a partial breakaway late in the period.
The Tigers regained their momentum in the third period, putting 16 more shots on Sinclair, compared to just three for the Chargers.
Neither team was successful on the power play Friday night. The Tigers were 0-for-4, while UAH did not capitalize on either of its man-advantage opportunities.
Chris Wilkie led the shot onslaught with six, followed by Cruikshank and Mason Bergh with five apiece. CC's 47 shots were the most in one game since Oct. 20, 2017, with 48 at New Hampshire. Christian Rajic and Austin Beaulieu led the Chargers with three shots each.
"We probably had 25 (Grade-) A chances," head coach Mike Haviland said. "Their goalie was outstanding. I would like to see us bear down more but that is what you get sometimes. You get a hot goalie. If you score a couple, it's a different game."
The Tigers host cross-town rival Air Force on Saturday night at the Broadmoor World Arena. The battle for the Pikes Peak trophy begins at 7 p.m.