Sunday, December 17, 2017 Scores
Colorado College 4, Arizona State 4 (OT)
In the only National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) game Sunday and the final NCAA game in the unofficial first half of the season, Colorado College battled Arizona State to a 4-4 overtime tie at the Broadmoor World Arena in their series finale. With the result, the NCHC heads into the holiday break with a combined non-conference record of 39-17-11, with the .664 non-conference winning percentage second among the six Division I men’s conferences (Big Ten at .697).
After earning a 4-0 shutout over Arizona State on Saturday night, Colorado College found the Sun Devils a bit more devilish on Sunday, settling for a 4-4 overtime tie in the series finale at the Broadmoor World Arena. ASU (4-10-4) jumped out to a 2-0 lead midway through the first frame, but the Tigers (8-7-3) roared back with three goals in the final five minutes of the opening period, including two on the power play. Sophomore forward Nick Halloran scored for the second time this weekend to put CC on the board on the power play, while junior forward Trevor Gooch then tacked on two goals for his first career multi-goal game, the second of which also came on the man advantage and put the Tigers in front, 3-2. Junior co-captain Tanner Ockey made it 4-2 Colorado College early in the second stanza, but the Sun Devils struck twice in a span of 32 seconds midway through the middle period to even the game, with the game-tying goal coming short-handed by Anthony Croston, who had a two-point night. Neither team managed to find the net in the third period or overtime as the game ended a 4-4 draw. Freshman forward Christiano Versich handed out two assists in the tie and also scored in the exhibition shootout following overtime. ASU finished with a slight, 39-36 edge in shots on goal, after outshooting CC, 5-0, in the 5-on-5 overtime. The Tigers went 2-for-7 on the power play and 5-for-5 on the penalty kill, while sophomore goalie Alex Leclerc made 35 saves in net for Colorado College. CC returns to action Dec. 29 at crosstown rival Air Force, before hosting Merrimack Dec. 30.
There is no more NCHC action until after Christmas, starting with No. 12/12 Western Michigan at Bowling Green on Thursday, Dec. 28. On Friday, Dec. 29, five NCHC teams resume play with Omaha and No. 2/2 Denver hosting non-conference foes, while No. 17 Minnesota Duluth, No. 1/1 St. Cloud State and Colorado College are all away from home against non-conference opponents. Those five teams also play Saturday, Dec. 30 in non-conference action, while No. 6/6 North Dakota and Miami face exhibition opponents that Saturday, as well. Seven of the games Dec. 29-30 can be seen on NCHC.tv.
An extended game recap is below.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Trevor Gooch scored twice to help Colorado College come away with an unbeaten weekend against Arizona State, thanks to a 4-4 tie Sunday afternoon at The Broadmoor World Arena.
Nick Halloran and Tenner Ockey also scored and Christiano Versich had a pair of assists for the second straight game as the Tigers (8-7-3) rallied from an early two-goal deficit to extend its unbeaten streak to a season-high four games.
After falling behind 2-0 in the first 10 minutes, the Tigers roared back with four unanswered goals, including three in the final 4:49 of the first period.
“I didn’t like the way we started,” head coach Mike Haviland said. “They had more energy. They had more jump and I don’t know if we got mad and we started to play there. Again, a learning curve here. You can’t let your foot off the pedal. You get your tie but nobody is happy about the point. The standard has to be higher.”
Nick Halloran cut ASU’s lead to 2-1 at the 15:11 mark with a wrister from the left circle that beat Joey Daccord with the Tigers on the power play. Mason Bergh entered the zone and got the puck to Halloran, who moved from the center of the ice to the left circle before firing the shot.
Gooch scored the next two goals within a span of 2:15. He evened the score at the 17:18 mark after taking a backhanded pass from Westin Michaud on a 2-on-1 and beating Daccord, then put the Tigers ahead 3-2 with 27 seconds left in the period off a feed from Troy Conzo. Versich assisted on each of Gooch’s goals.
The Tigers kept the momentum into the second period as Ockey made it 4-2 at the 6:18 mark with a wrister from the slot. Jack Gates started the play with a centering pass to Ockey from the boards.
The Sun Devils (4-10-4) then scored twice in 33 seconds to make it an even game once again. Tyler Busch scored on a one-timer from the left circle at the 10:39 mark to make it 4-3, then, after Joe Lappin was called for boarding, Anthony Croston scored a shorthanded goal on a breakaway at 11:12 of the period.
Neither squad found the net the rest of regulation or a five-minute overtime period, and the game was officially declared a draw. The teams then played a scoreless, five-minute 3-on-3 period, which led to a sudden-death shootout.
Versich opened the shootout by slowly skating in on Daccord and placing a shot past him, while Alex Leclerc stopped ASU’s Johnny Walker to end the game. Leclerc, who finished with 35 saves, stopped five Sun Devil shots in the overtime period to keep the Tigers in the game.
“We played sloppy,” Haviland said. “We wanted an easy game and it wasn’t an easy game. That is something we have to learn moving forward. Certainly we found a way to get a point. We have to learn that nothing is easy.”
The Tigers return to action on Friday, Dec. 29 against cross-town rival Air Force at the Academy.