Colorado College captain Scott Thauwald scored the only first-period goal only 2:17 into the first period, his fourth of the season and first since a short-handed tally with less than seven minutes left in CC's 5-2 win over Clarkson on Feb. 1.
Thauwald's shot from the right circle came off of a pass by right wing Eric Walsky and beat goaltender Peter Mannino five-hole.
For much of the period, CC was dictating the tempo with its puck possession and checking.
Tigers goaltender Richard Bachman's best save came on a play with about 4:30 left in the period, when Denver freshmen Kyle Ostrow and Jesse Martin spread out defensemen Jake Gannon and Kris Fredheim. With Ostrow streaking into the slot, Bachman came out to challenge Martin's shot from the right circle and caught it with his right foot.
Just like in November's game at Magness, there was trouble with the clock. It stopped at about 5:09 and may have caused referee Derek Shepherd to not review a play in which Thauwald came out of the penalty box for a two-on-one with left wing Scott McCulloch. Thauwald's shot went into Mannino, who was knocked into his own net by a teammate. The puck looked to be under his stomach, which had crossed into the goalmouth.
CC starts the second period with 1:52 of power play.