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.”
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.