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Resilient Tigers live for another day

— Over the last month, the No. 13 Colorado College Tigers have embraced the concept of resiliency. In mid-February, it wasn’t even clear the Tigers would have home ice for the first round of the WCHA playoffs. On the last weekend of the season, the Tigers clinched home ice with a win against Wisconsin.

However, the Tigers knew they were likely to face Wisconsin in the first round, and Tigers coach Scott Owens prepared his team by talking about thinking of it as a best-of-five series with the Badgers. After losing the last game of the season to Wisconsin, the Tigers lost the first playoff game as well.

“We won Friday to get home ice and we thought we were going to get Wisconsin, so we kind of made it into a best-of-five playoff series like a pro league or a Junior A league,” said Owens. “It seemed to sell, and the guys embraced it, and we went down two games to one, but we found a way through the power play in the fourth game to get it back. I think it kind of hardened us and tested us for these tough games we’ve had to play.”

“We knew it was going to be hard fought, and they gave us a heck of a run,” said Tigers goalie Joe Howe, who finished with 39 saves in an 8-4 victory over Boston College on Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament. “That series could have gone either way. Even though they won that game, we knew it was a best-of-five.”

Coming in against a heavily favored Boston College squad, the Tigers immediately had their work cut out for them when Jimmy Hayes scored only 19 seconds into the game. It looked like the Eagles were primed to fly away, but the Tigers regrouped, showing the resiliency that has come to define them.

“It was kind of similar to last week against North Dakota, where they scored two minutes into the game, so we were prepared a little bit, I guess,” said Tigers forward Stephen Schultz. “The team concept is unbelievable right now. Guys are playing as a five-man unit out there.”

The Tigers used that belief and team concept to take the lead in dramatic fashion. After Jaden Schwartz (two goals, two assists) scored to make it 2-1 at 7:47 of the first period, linemate Rylan Schwartz gave the Tigers a two-goal lead just 15 seconds later with a goal from the left slot.

In the second period, after the Eagles got one back, Schwartz struck again with a pretty power-play goal at the 14-minute mark. Within 3:33, the Tigers built that lead to 7-2 going into the third.

“That’s one of the things our guys learned this year, is you can’t get down,” said Howe. “It’s a long hockey game and you have to play for 60 minutes.”


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  • Joe C

    The other end of Comm Ave thanks you, Colorado College. Continued good luck going forward.

  • Undsiouxfan

    Yeah! Boston College is eliminated! Now their fans can quit whining about having to travel to St Louis -boo hoo hoo.

  • Eaglesfan17

    Props to CC. They have a good team. Disappointed in BC, so good all year and lay a big fat egg first round just like the Patriots. Defense was god awful tonight they couldn’t even handle the puck.

    See you next year, Joe C! Sucks to B U!

    • SIOUX

      Good comment, way to take the high road! props to ya!

    • WCHA

      Very classy post. Congrats to your team on a great season even though it didn’t end in the way you guys would’ve liked.

      • Doke

        Oh yeah, real classy.

    • Joe C

      Well, Jack Parker can add Jerry York to his golf pairings on Monday. Meanwhile, Dick Umile is the only HE coach still coaching games.

  • SIOUX

    good job wcha today 2 for three is a good start. especially taking out B.C. the east isn’t that tough!

    • Go Dogs…..

      and Yale pounded CC on their ice 5-1.

      • Jordan

        You’re right, but it was in November. Not exactly the same situation.

      • hockey_lEast

        and Yale was lucky to get by Air Force..

      • Hockey God

        Yes, Yale DOMINATED 22nd ranked Air Force……..NOT!

    • DU_Fan

      Might have been 3 for 3 if not for refs in St. Louis. Absolute slap in the face of rule book. Even with ESPNU “shadow puck” goal was “inconclusive”. Not a big UNO fan but they got jobbed.

  • bcuafmsu2

    Bad game by BC at the wrong time of the year, but thanks to the Eagles senior class for all your accomplishments the past four seasons. Congrats to the Tigers, and best of luck against Michigan.

  • Tom

    As a BC fan im left wondering what happened. After the quick goal it seems as if BC thought it was going to be an easy game and coast. Also they might have been thinking ahead to the frozen four. BC seemed due for a stinker in a big game as well, given how BC fans have been spoiled recently. Mostly however, CC just straight up outplayed BC in every aspect of the game. I was impressed with their speed and gameplan. Ive never seen BC get dominated like that before, especially out-skated and out-hustled.

    Goodluck to UNH and Merrimack

    • me119

      If they weren’t looking ahead to the frozen four, if nothing else that quick goal certainly woke up CC in a hurry and told them to start playing

    • Joe C

      BC played a team that had the tools to exploit the few weaknesses BC has. Colorado attacked the defense and forced a lot of odd-man rushes. The BC defense also hung Muse out to dry. BC’s offense looked about normal, especially with hitting the posts and having the Colorado goaltender play very well.

  • Anonymous

    Just another example of the depth of the WCHA…. I saw CC just about pull off a win against the Sioux at the Final Five and knew they were deadly. Congrats on K.O.’ing BC for us. Hopefully see the Tigers again in the Frozen Four!

  • beanpot1987

    Thanks CC; BC was over confident, should have lost to Northeastern in HE tourney.

    • Joe C

      As a BU alum, I can safely say that 2010-11 was the year the BU should have lost to Northeastern. Which we managed to do quite a bit, between the Beanpot, the end of the regular season and the Hockey East semifinals. Heck, Jack probably would have lost the fist-fight with Cronin if the referees had not intervened.

      BC got out-skated and their defense was horrible Friday night. Depsite all that, I will still give them props for a great year. It just makes it easier to know that their will be a new champion.

  • SrSiouxFan

    Good posts – sportmanship is not dead. Very good games yesterday with more to come. One and done definitely has it’s disadvantages – if you are on the losing end.

  • SiouxYeaYea

    I live in Germany and want to watch the sioux hockey game today. I tried espn 3 but no luck. The game isn’t aviable. Does anyone have a good link?

    • UND fan

      it is on espn 3, checked this morning

    • DU_Fan

      All games are on espn3.com. Try again.

  • Jake

    Been watching or following CC hockey since 1971…this is a gutsy team this year. Kinda nice to watch a “small college” take down some of the larger ones…

    • DU_Fan

      Even though we are rivals on ice I will be rooting for CC to make the FF. Nice article on Jesse Martin in yesterday’s Denver Post, you should read it. His quote is, “CC is our biggest rival but that shows how the rivalry is. When a player is hurt or in need of support, they leave it on the ice. They have sent me numerous things, over and over”. He also said how “especially gracious” they have been. Shows a lot of class to a supposed rival. To bad this was not the case with the Sioux. Malone, Frattin, and Lamoureux were missing in action when Martin could have used support. He grew up with Frattin in Edmonton, and played 3 years of junior hockey with Lamoureux. Expected it from Frattin, we all know what kind of person he is, but disappointed about Lamoureux. The only Sioux player to keep in touch with Jesse is Corban Knight, at least he has the right stuff.

  • Kirk

    CC beat bc at their own game. They pressured the points, they scored timely goals 3 PP and 2 Shorties) and kept adding to it and they had outstanding goal tending. I have always said the way to beat bc is to hit them early and often and CC did just that and it threw bc totally off balance. BU fans everywhere are loving it!

    And to the guy who said HE isn’t that tough, check the record of the last four NCAA national champs and you will see HE won three of those straight. Add Maine’s three titles to the mix and one can see that HE is extremely tough top to bottom period! We’ll see just how tough WCHA is after the Badgers and Gophers leave for the proposed Big Ten, while HE will continue to be one of the two Elite!

    Good luck to Merrimack and UNH!

    • Acron

      Badgers and Gophers are both sitting at home watching the games, they couldn’t even make the WCHA Final Five tourney!!! I’m pretty sure the WCHA is still tough enough without them…..

    • Big Who?

      The Gophers and Badgers are a very, very small part of the WCHA. In case you haven’t noticed, they didn’t even make the tournament. When they leave for the Big Ten it will be their loss, not the WCHA’s. On a side note, it probably is a good move for the Gophers, in a smaller, weaker conference like the Big Ten will be, it should be easier for them to make the NCAA Tournament.

    • DU_Fan

      Badgers and Gophers enjoying many brewskis together while watching Final Five and NCAA Regionals. They have not been a factor for in WCHA for 4 years, and will probably suffer the same fate in a highly diluded Big Ten.

  • ME HOCKEY FAN

    Kudos to CC for beating a fine BC team. Eagles, you have nothing to be ashamed of as CC was simply the better team on the ice last night, but you still can be proud of your effort. Best wishes to UNH and Merrimack tonight. And to the whiny, arrogant know-nothing WCHA posters—-who has dominated the Frozen Four for the last decade? I believe it has been Maine, BU and BC!

    And if you truly love the game, don’t you want to see exceptional hockey regardless of the conference? I regret that my team isn’t in this year, but I still look forward to seeing excellent hockey! Grow up snot-noses!

    • SUPERFAN827

      Ok man, I’m a huge BC fan and appreciate the shout out but Minnesota and Denver went back to back since Maine has won. Wisconsin also had a title in there. WCHA is an outstanding conference and top to bottom its better than the Hockey East; however, its not as better as they all think. Anybody who says BC/BU/UNH couldn’t consistently compete for first in the WCHA is ignorant.