Classic in Colorado

A classic in Colorado. The Colorado College Tigers (8-2) squared off with the Colorado Mesa Mavericks (3-1) in a classic that went to a second overtime before the Mavericks scored on a busted play to come away with a 13-12 victory.

“It was a great game between two great teams,” head coach Sean Woods said. “Someday, I might be able to enjoy watching it, but right now my heart is breaking for our guys. They played their guts out today.”  

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Jacob Smith (1g) kicked off the scoring at the 12:03 mark of the opening quarter to give the Tigers a short-lived lead. James Steinke (1g) got it knotted up before Jack Haims (2g) closed the tight first with CC in front, 2-1. Trent Pernell (4g) started his day and got it even again at 2-2.

The Tigers roared. They went on a four-goal tear furnished by Noah Beecher (1g), Anders Erickson (2g,3a), Elliot Nelson (2g,1a) followed by Jack Haims to make it a 6-2 contest. Carson Schwark (4g,2a) ended the run. Erickson scored again and Schwark also answered that tally to end the half with a 7-4 Tigers edge.

The third quarter was a wild score fest. It started with Mesa continuing to score with Pernell bagging his 5th, Schwark. Drew Eickelman (1g,4a) got it to 7-7. Dylan Brown (2g) and Pernell exchanged tallies before Declan McGuire (1g) and Nelson getting his 19th gave the Tigers a two-goal lead, 10-8.

With just :06 remaining, Schwark ended the quarter at 10-9. The fourth quarter was more of a defensive game with a grand total of fives being scored. Hunter Holcomb (1g,1a) knotted it up with 10:09 to play. Pernell and Dylan Brown kept the goal exchange in order Bkake Amiato (2g) pushed Mesa to a lead with 4:21 remaining.

Conrad Song (1g) scored at 3:13 and that ended the regulation scoring. One overtime came and went so onto a second they went.
A loose ball that was knocked around was finally picked up by Eickelman who dished off to Schwark who passed to a wide-open Amiato to give Mesa the 13-12 victory.

Shots heavily favored the Tigers, 64-37 while shots on goal were much closer 23-21 the Tigers way. Faceoffs were even 15-15 as well as turnovers, 17-17. What a classic in Colorado.

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