From York Press


For the second game in a row, Colorado College’s opponent scored on its first shot and the Tigers never entirely recovered as No. 1 North Dakota went ahead early and pulled away late for a 5 2 win.

UND scored 4:11 into the opening period and never trailed at The Broadmoor World Arena in both teams’ National Collegiate Hockey Conference opener on Friday.

“We gave up a goal on the first shot against (Boston College) and we hung our heads,” CC coach Mike Haviland said. “You can’t have that. We have been working with the guys on the mental side of things. We had a good start to the game to that point.”

CC battled back in the second period when leading scorer Teemu Kivihalme rifled a shot from inside the blue line that got past junior goalie Matt Hrynkiw only 2:03 into the middle frame.Cheap Jerseys free shipping That made it 2 1 and got all of the announced crowd of 6,043, many of whom were wearing old Sioux jerseys, excited.

The Tigers were back in the game. But the momentum would not last.

North Dakota’s Troy Stecher made a strong defensive play while on the penalty kill to spark a 3 on 1 shorthanded breakaway that UND freshman Rhett Gardner cashed with 7:19 left in the second period for a 3 1 lead.

It was a better second period for the Tigers (0 7, 0 1 NCHC), but it wasn’t enough.

“At times I think we played good hockey,” Haviland said. “But you have to score on a 5 on 3 and you can’t give up a 3 on 1 shorthanded breakaway (on the subsequent 5 on 4). That first goal and that one turned the game (against CC).”

Two more goals by midway through the third period iced the win for UND (5 0 2, 1 0 NCHC). CC freshman defenseman Cole McCaskill ripped a shot top shelf to make it 5 2 and record his first goal as a Tiger with 9:43 left in the game.

Earlier, UND, ranked No. 2 by USA Hockey and No. College Hockey Online, fired off 13 shot attempts from below the faceoff dots while CC managed two in the first period. Two shots clanged off a CC post or the North Dakota two goal lead after the opening 20 minutes could have been four.

A hard shot by junior Keaton Thompson was mishandled by Nehama and it led to a rebound in front for Shane Gersich, who lifted the puck in under the crossbar for a 1 0 lead only 4:11 into the game.

A Gersich shot clanged off the CC post about 90 seconds later and UND started to control play. North Dakota made it 2 0 midway through the first period when freshman Chris Wilkie redirected a backhander by Bryn Chyzyk for a power play score with 9:56 left. Brock Boeser also had a shot find iron with 3:38 remaining. Saturday, Oct. 31. There will also be a costume contest during first intermission for fans as well.

Plenty of tickets remain for Saturday, Denver game

An unspecified, but reportedly large of number of tickets remain available for Saturday home game against No. 1 North Dakota and next Saturday’s home contest against No. 5 Denver.

Former Tigers defenseman Ian Young moves on to SPHL

Former Colorado College defenseman Ian Young signed with the Southern Professional Hockey League’s Mississippi River Kings (Memphis) on Friday. He made his debut against the Columbus (Ga.) Cottonmouths.

UND nickname votes will continue

An online runoff ballot between the three finalists for the University of North Dakota will be held from Nov. 2 6 but that may not spell the end of this longtime kerfuffle over the former Fightin’ Sioux nickname in Grand Firs.

The top three after the most recent balloting were Fighting Hawks, Roughriders and Nodaks. If one of those three fails to garner 50 percent of the vote, a second runoff at a date to be determined would be held between the top two.

Here are the results of the initial vote:

Fighting Hawks: 6,960 votes; 31.20 percent

Roughriders: 4,687 votes; 21.01 percent

Nodaks: 4,571 votes; 20.49 percent

North Stars: 3,231 votes; 14.48 percent

Sundogs: 2,858 votes; 12.81 percent

In honor of the 120th anniversary of the writing of the America The Beautiful, the song, written by former visiting Colorado College professor Katharine Lee Bates, was performed instead of the national anthem. This was the first game with freshman Trey and senior Cody Bradley on the same line, perhaps ever in a competitive game due to their different ages (19, 21). They were centered by junior captain Sam Rothstein. For the first time this season, CC wore the gold alternate jerseys on a Friday, instead of the usual Saturday. The Tigers are now 4 5 all time vs. North Dakota during the month of October. UND leads the all time series 150 80 10. The Kivihalme goal ended a CC scoreless streak last 170 minutes, 46 seconds dating back to Cody Bradley’s goal in a 2 1 loss at UMass Lowell on Oct. 17. It was also the Tigers first power play score in 20 man advantages dating to Oct. 10.

North Dakota sophomore defenseman Tucker Poolman is out with an unspecified lower body injury while CC freshman Jacob Nehama will get his fourth straight start.