The fourth ranked St. Cloud State (17-4-0, 9-3-0 NCHC) fell to the bottom ranked Colorado College Tigers (5-17-0, 23-9-0 NCHC) after a phenomenal performance from Tigers’ goaltender Jacob Nehama.
The pace of the game started much faster than Friday night. Colorado College opened up the scoring with 16:52 remaining in the first period after a ripper of a slap shot from Teemu Kivihalme beat St. Cloud State goaltender Charlie Lindgren high blocker side off the crossbar and into the back of the net.
The Huskies bounced back strong, showing a lot of tenacity on the fore check, making it difficult for Colorado College to break the puck out. After keeping the puck in the Tigers’ zone, St. Cloud State defenseman Ethan Prow took a shot from the left side of the ice, when the rebound bounced out to Morley who was able to roof the puck over Colorado College goaltender Jacob Nehama for his ninth goal of the season.
With the assist, Prow is now tied for sixth on St. Cloud State’s all-time defesnseman point leaders list with 83, sharing the place with current Huskies assistant coach Garrett Raboin.
After much offensive pressure by St. Cloud State following the equalizer, Colorado College was able to recapture the lead with 7:30 remaining in the first period after a cluster of events in front of the Huskies net. Tigers forward Hunter Fejes was able to bury a rebound goal through a number of players after a shot hit the post, forcing Lindgren out of position in attempt to recover the rebound.
The Huskies bounced back strong again, however they were unable to get a goal despite hitting two posts, including one just seconds following the goal from Fejes. Nehama played outstanding for the Tigers, stopping 16 shots in the first period alone.
The Tigers widened the gap in the second period, scoring three goals, while allowing St. Cloud State zero, giving them a 5-1 lead heading into the third period. Two players from Colorado College earned their first goals of the season, Tanner Ockey and Ben Israel, with Trevor Gooch receiving assists on both goals.
St. Cloud State produced 12 shots on goal in the second period compared to Colorado College’s 13. After stopping 34 shots in Friday nights game, Nehama continued to be a problem for the Huskies, stopping a whopping total of 48 shots on the night, earning his fifth victory of the season.
St. Cloud State struggled on the power play throughout the weekend, finishing just one for nine in the series against Colorado College.
Later in the second period, following another failed power play attempt by St. Cloud State, Colorado College went on the power play two times with just 10 seconds of five-on-five action in between.
After an unnecessary slashing penalty on St. Cloud State’s Patrick Russell after the whistle, Sam Rothstein scored the Tigers’ first power play goal of the game, beating Lindgren on a wrap around and giving them a four-goal lead with just over 2 minutes left in the second period, adding insurance for a Tigers win.
After giving up five goals in the first two periods, St. Cloud State finally decided to replace Lindgren with backup goaltender Rasmus Reijola.
Colorado College put it in cruise control in the third period, maintaining their lead while giving up a late goal, which, in the end, did not impact the game at all.
During a power play midway into the third period, St. Cloud State freshman Jimmy Schuldt tallied his fourth goal of the season, narrowing the Colorado College lead to three. However, it was too little, too late for St. Cloud State, as that proved to be the final goal of the game, giving the Tigers a 5-2 victory in the end.
St. Cloud State will resume play next weekend where they will go on the road to face Duluth Friday and Saturday night.