Saturday, January 12, 2008

Game day: No. 4 CC 5, Alaska-Anchorage 2 (final)

How it happened:
The Tigers got two shots in their first four shifts and then drifted off for the rest of the period, mustering just seven altogether and taking a 0-0 tie into the first intermission.

When both teams came out battling in the second period, CC rose to the challenge with another three-goal period, their fourth such period in the last 10 played. Right wing Jimmy Kilpatrick crossed the puck from the top of the left circle to center Chad Rau, who put his first attempt into goaltender Jon Olthuis but roofed the rebound. Midway through the period, center-turned-right wing Brian McMillin one-timed a rebound and Kilpatrick added a power-play goal less than two minutes later.

On a five-minute power-play less than two minutes into the third, the Tigers went up 4-0 when Bill Sweatt scored a power-play goal. Anchorage scored twice in the subsequent 16 minutes before pulling Olthuis. Kilpatrick blocked a last-ditch shot and Rau scooped it up and slammed into the empty net.

Fun stats:
--Kilpatrick has 99 career points and needs just one more to become the 70th member of CC's "Century Club" during the program's 70th anniversary season.
--Of Kilpatrick's 99 career points, 24 have come against Anchorage--24.2 percent.

--Rau ranks first among WCHA scoring leaders with 15 goals and nine assists (24 points) in league play.
--Rau is on a 15-game point-scoring streak and a six-game goal-scoring streak.

--Friday's quick goals--Kilpatrick scored at 12:41 of the second, eight seconds after Walsky's game-winner at 12:33--rank fourth place among the fastest two goals in CC hockey history.
Here are the three quickest:
1. Feb. 1, 1952 (2 seconds) vs. Michigan Tech
2. Nov. 17, 2006 (5 seconds) vs. Minnesota State
3. Nov. 18, 1966 (6 seconds) vs. Lake Forest College

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