Friday, November 2, 2007

Game day: CC 0, North Dakota 3 (end of 1st)

1. Colorado College 0, North Dakota 1:
T.J. Oshie (Robbie Bina, Taylor Chorney), 3:29, pp. Left wing Scott McCulloch took a hooking penalty to prevent an open shot by Evan Trupp in the slot. Just 26 seconds into the ensuing power play, Bina's pass from the far side of the right circle sailed across the slot to Oshie, who finished top-shelf and backdoor on goaltender Drew O'Connell.
--Assistant coach Joe Bonnett stressed one thing to his penalty killers this week: don't let them get "inside." To interpret hockey-speak, he meant that CC players shouldn't let North Dakota's forwards get between them and the goal. When he got the puck, Oshie had the inside position on defenseman Nate Prosser, so there was no chance of recovering. Easy goal.

2. Colorado College 0, North Dakota 2: Ryan Duncan (T.J. Oshie, Chris VandeVelde), 4:19. Only 50 seconds later, another goal was in the back of the net. North Dakota's top line created a three-on-two rush and O'Connell, without another option, came out to challenge Oshie. The right wing sent the puck to the left post and Duncan, who had beat recovering CC players down the ice, redirected it into the net.
--Defensive breakdown.

3. Colorado College 0, North Dakota 3: Derrick LaPoint (Ryan Duncan), 10:27.
Another 3-on-2 rush, this time against defensemen Jack Hillen and Brian Connelly. Even though they protected the inside, LaPoint nudged in Duncan's pass into the crease, sneaking in his stick from behind Connelly.
--Connelly might have thought the shot had crossed the goal line? Mental error? Still befuddled. Connelly should have had a stick on it.

--Sioux scored on first three shots of the game, but don't be fooled--goaltender Drew O'Connell had zero support.
--CC outshot North Dakota 9-6, its best chance coming on the Tigers' second power play when right wing Eric Walsky and left wing Scott McCulloch created a 2-on-1 rush. McCulloch's shot required a full split from goaltender Jean-Philippe Lamoureux.
--Defenseman Nate Prosser has not reappeared on the bench after Oshie checked him into the boards behind the net about six minutes into the first period.

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