|November 09, 2012||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||02:06||CC||Rylan Schwartz (Archie Skalbeck , Eamonn McDermott)|
|1||06:24||BSU||Jordan George (Ben Kinne , Matt Prapavessis)|
|1||15:15||CC||Scott Winkler (Charlie Taft , Alex. Krushelnyski)|
|1||18:18||BSU||Danny Mattson (Brance Orban , Aaron McLeod)|
|2||16:19||CC||Rylan Schwartz (Archie Skalbeck , Ian Young)|
|Shots on Goal||25||26|
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (World Arena) – Colorado College got a pair of goals from Rylan Schwartz and two assists from Archie Skalbeck as the No. 19 Tigers handed the Bemidji Sate University men’s ice hockey team its first Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) loss of the season 3-2 Friday at World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The Beavers battled back to tie the game on two occasions, but a goal of the stick of Schwartz at the 16:19 mark of the second period, put CC ahead for good.
In a period that saw four goals scored on just 17 total shots, Colorado College struck first, taking a 1-0 lead just 126 seconds into the game on Schwartz’s second goal of the season. But BSU would answer 4:18 later (6:24) when seniors Ben Kinne (F, St. Paul, Minn.) and Jordan George (F, Madison, Wis.) connected. The goal stood as the first of the season for George but the 50th of his career making him the 25th player in BSU men’s hockey history to log 50 career goals, while becoming the only player currently playing NCAA Division I collegiate hockey with 50 goals.
CC would regain the lead, 2-1, at the 15:15 mark of the period when BSU goaltender Andrew Walsh (So., Dawson Creek, British Columbia) misplayed a shot by Scott Winkler and kicked the puck into the goal. But before the period would end, the Beavers netted their second goal of the game to equalize the score at 2-2. Winkler was whistled for elbowing at the 18:10 mark and just eight seconds into BSU’s first power-play opportunity of the evening, Brance Orban (Sr., F, Lethbridge, Alberta) found Danny Mattson (So., F, Minneapolis, Minn.) on the doorstep for his first lamplighter of the season.
Schwartz scored the only goal of the second period, giving the Tigers a one-goal lead, 3-2, at the 16:19 mark. However, after the horn sounded, CC’s Ian Young drew a penalty for slashing George setting the Beavers up with a two-minute power play opportunity to open the third.
Despite being a man up for the first two minutes of the period, BSU sputtered out of the gates and the Tigers would grab the momentum for good.
Bemidji State out shot CC 10-8 during the final minutes and Josh Thorimbert, the Tigers’ goaltender, withstood a flurry of BSU shots in the game’s finale minutes, including an extra attacker rocket off the stick of George with 7.3 to solidify the win for the Tigers.
Thorimbert picked up his first win of the season (1-3-0) posting 23 saves in the game, while Walsh was tagged with his second loss of 2012-13 (2-2-1) after allowing three goals on 26 shots.
The BSU penalty-kill unit, backed by Walsh, was flawless for the third straight game. The Beavers snuffed out both of CC’s power-play opportunities to move to 17-o-18 (.944) on the season.
Bemidji State finished the night 1-for-4 on the power play.
The victory gives CC a 6-4-1 edge in the all-time series between the teams. The Tigers have dominated the Beavers on the Olympic ice sheet at World Arena piling up a 6-1-0 mark at home versus BSU.
The Beavers fall to 2-2-1 on the season and an even 1-1-1 in WCHA play, while CC moves to 6-3-0 overall and an unblemished 3-0-0 in league play.
Bemidji State looks to salvage a series split as BSU and Colorado College wrap up their WCHA series tomorrow at World Arena. The opening faceoff is set for 8:07 p.m. (CST).
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).