Friday, November 30, 2007

Game day: No. 4 CC 1, Alaska-Anchorage 0 (final)

Postgame thoughts:
--The Elusive Second Goal. Coach Scott Owens was somewhat exasperated by the Tigers' inability to put road games out of reach and that the Tigers had a season-low 16 shots. CC failed to notch a second goal (when it mattered-- sorry, Eric Walsky) for the second game in a row, but still got the win. Missed opportunities, such as a 2-on-1 by Bill Sweatt and Scott Thauwald with about five minutes left, were again an issue.
--Panicked Veterans. Some of CC's veterans looked like deer in the headlights in the final five minutes when the Seawolves brought it hard, but lucky for them, goaltender Drew O'Connell was in the zone.
--Power in the penalty kill. CC, which killed all six Anchorage penalties, has killed 30 penalties in a row dating back to Nov. 2. Very impressive.
--Lastly, the Seawolves kept CC's top three lines off the scoring sheet, aside from center Chad Rau's assist on Matt Overman's goal.

(My recorder died, or else I'd have extra quotes for you. AAA batteries will make that possible tomorrow.)

Third period notes:
The Tigers started the period with :35 left on the power play, but failed to generate much...On CC's second power play of the game, two minutes into the third, right wing Jimmy Kilpatrick hit the left post...After saving a power-play shot from Anchorage right wing Tommy Grant, Drew O'Connell stuffed center Peter Cartwright as he cut across the crease.

Second period notes:
Anchorage played grittier in the second period, holding CC to just three shots (ties a season-low)...The Tigers' penalty kill played with aplomb, generating two quality short-handed chances...CC ended the period with a power play in which defenseman Brian Connelly did a nice job keeping the puck in play.

First period notes:
Right wing Matt Overman scored his first career goal at 6:01...Anchorage native Drew O'Connell held the Seawolves scoreless on 11 shots, including a sprawling save on Anchorage left wing Blair Tassone, who wheeled into the slot unguarded for a one-on-one chance at 15:47.

Colorado College
10 Thauwald--14 Rau--23 Kilpatrick
21 Sweatt--19 Vlassopoulos--5 DeBoer
26 McCulloch--22 Walsky--25 Testwuide
2 Lampl--9 McMillin--18 Overman

8 Hillen--15 Prosser
7 Fredheim--4 Gannon
11 Connelly--24 Lowery

31 O'Connell
30 Bachman

Notes: RW Derek Patrosso suffered an ankle injury in Tuesday's practice and did not travel...C Tyler Johnson and D Brett Wysopal were healthy scratches...RW Stephen Schultz (unknown) also did not travel and did not practice Tuesday...Arena was more than halfway empty at the start of the first period.

21 Lunden--20 Crowder--9 Clark
24 Tassone--37 Cartwright--18 Tarkir
14 Waldrop--17Parkinson--7 DayChief
28 Haddad--24 McCabe--16 Grant

4 LaFranchise--33 Robinson
13 Backstrom--23 Vidmar
10 Lovdahl--22 Tuton

30 Olthuis
39 Gordon
31 Mayo

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