Saturday, November 3, 2007

Game day: CC at North Dakota


Colorado College
10 Thauwald--14 Rau--23 Kilpatrick
21 Sweatt--19 Vlassopoulos--16 Patrosso
26 McCulloch--17 Johnson--22 Walsky
5 DeBoer--9 McMillin--2 Lampl

8 Hillen--24 Lowery
7 Fredheim--4 Gannon
11 Connelly--27 Wysopal

30 Bachman
31 O'Connell

Scratches: Prosser (upper-body injury), Schultz (healthy)

North Dakota
16 Duncan--29 VandeVelde--7 Oshie
20 Watkins--17 Kaip--21 Frattin
10 Kozek--11 Zajac--14 Miller
26 Radke--19 Trupp--8 Martens

2 Finley--28 Bina
4 Chorney--5 Genoway
25 Marto--3 LaPoint

1 Lamoureux
31 Grieco
30 Walski

Keys to the game:
1. Limit North Dakota to two goals or less. The Tigers have allowed 15 goals in their past three outings after holding Minnesota to two goals in their series-opening sweep. In the Sioux's only loss this season, they were held to one goal.

2. Score two even-strength goals. CC's power play went 0-for-4 last night against North Dakota's penalty kill, which has now killed 28 of 29 penalties on the season. The Tigers need to break open the game the old-fashioned way, by creating turnovers in the neutral zone and getting second-chance shots.

3. Get the first goal. The Tigers have scored first twice - once against Minnesota and once against New Hampshire - and are 1-1 in such situations. That fact is not statistically significant, but scoring first on the road can help make the Sioux's crowd a nonfactor.

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