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Tigers stun Sioux

Krushelnyski has goal, assist in victory

— In front of a home crowd that was seemingly filled with more of the opposing team’s fans than their own, the Colorado College Tigers downed the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux, 4-2, on Friday night.

The Fighting Sioux arguably controlled the play in the first period, as evidenced by their 20-8 lead in shots. However, it was the Tigers that took advantage of their opportunities to exit the frame up 2-0, which is why UND head coach Dave Hakstol thought his team didn’t actually play well, despite the lead in shots.

“We had an okay first period, we had a lot of opportunities, but we didn’t kick start ourselves until we were down,” he said. “So no, I don’t think we had a good first period.”

The Tigers got on the board first 3:19 into the game right as an early penalty to Brad Malone expired. Michael Boivin took a shot on net that came in front and was tossed in past UND goaltender Aaron Dell by freshman Dakota Eveland for his second career goal.

About five minutes later, the Tigers killed a penalty of their own and then came right back down the other end to make it 2-0. Alexander Krushelnyski skated into the zone alone and wristed a shot from the very high slot past Dell (37 saves).

If the Sioux were hoping for a chance to redeem themselves in the second period, any possible wind they might have had in their sails was taken out 18 seconds in when Tyler Johnson rode captain Chay Genoway into the boards, checking him and dropping him. Genoway was slow to get up and was helped off the ice with a lower-body injury.

As a result, the Sioux appeared to be shell-shocked and the Tigers took full advantage to extend their lead.

“We got on top and that helped, we hung on a little bit and the period break came at the right time,” said CC head coach Scott Owens. “It started with the first shift and Tyler Johnson made a good check, a good aggressive check and we were able to get momentum off of that.”

Five minutes and 56 seconds in, Krushelnyski carried the puck into the UND zone and handed it off to Jeff Collett for his second career goal. Collett lost the puck in the middle of a pack of three Sioux players, but got it back, untouched, and tossed a bouncing puck on net that hopped over Dell’s right leg pad to make it 3-0.

Then, with just under three minutes remaining in the period, the Tigers scored a power play goal to make it 4-0. With just two seconds remaining on Andrew MacWilliam’s penalty for high-sticking, William Rapuzzi took a pass from Ryan Lowery, stepped back in the high slot, created space and fired a quick wrist shot that beat Dell over his right shoulder.

“I thought that second period was as good of a period as we played all year long,” said Owens.

Krushelnyski thought he had a second goal 2:08 into the third period when he seemingly scored right off a face-off, but the goal was immediately waived off as it bounced in off his glove past Dell.

The Sioux wouldn’t be shut out, however, as Jason Gregoire put his team on the board nine minutes in on an individual effort. He was taken down in the neutral zone, popped back up, regained control of the puck, deked around the Tiger defenseman and wristed it past CC goaltender Joe Howe to make it 4-1 (38 saves).

A few minutes later, it looked like CC would be able to put the nail in the Sioux coffin as they received 1:43 of 5-on-3 time thanks to back-to-back penalties to Matt Frattin and Ben Blood. About a minute in to the two man advantage, Owens called his timeout to try and regroup his players. However, it was the Sioux who would capitalize.

MacWilliam tapped the puck up to Gregoire who came down on a breakaway and flipped it past Howe for his second of the game to cut the CC lead in half.

“[His play was] good, but it’s buried in all the team stuff,” said Hakstol. “We’re not worried about individual efforts and individual accolades. It wasn’t a good team game for us and we need a heck of a lot better.”

However, that would be all the Sioux would get as CC held on for the lead.

“We should have taken advantage of the five-on-three and then we wouldn’t have had all the stress that we had in the end,” said Owens.

The two teams play again tomorrow night at 7:07 p.m.

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  • Ridingtimes

    When NDakota plays a team that can skate with them and hit like them they can not handle it…Go Tigers

    • nogofer

      Really? 6 – 0?

  • Ridingtimes

    OWNED BY FRESHMAN..LMAO NHL players..5th year Seniors and they got smoked by Freshman

    • nogofer

      6 – 0. How does that bile taste in your throat Sunday morning?

  • Pikespeak99

    Wow Theresa, I am surprised how biased this report is by you in favor of the Sioux. I mean really, was there that many Sioux fans in attendance? You and I both know 80 percent was CC fans. Perhaps you can be more fair Saturday night?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KBVOP7JEIJTGTBGPEMTI67KVLU J

      actually there was more sioux fans at the game…not biased but truthful. CC doesnt represent well and when the team actually has a good season the fans turn into hateful people. ive been to a game there a few years back and its awful you ppl dont know how to support hockey

    • SiouxAlumDenver

      There were a ton of Sioux fans there. More green than gold. More Sioux chants than Tiger…Show up to the games, then talk. Rube.

  • LincolnJim

    why does the title say stun? Everyone’s beating UND. At least no whining about Shay Genowayhe’sgoingtotheNHL getting hit

    • Goalie Fan

      Its Chay u bonehead!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Get a life and quit talking chit about the Sioux well see you at St. Paul

      • LincolnJim

        moron, Shay is a girl’s name. intentional reference. you must be a UND grad student

        • goalie fan

          Moron me hahahahahaha what are you from Nebraska WOWOWOW and you are talking to me………….. Dont disrespect this site or anyone on it and ya I am a Grad student, unlike you and your sorry ace!

      • je

        not with your goaltending you won’t

        • Layne

          Only time will tell..

  • Gopherbods

    The sue aren’t going anywhere with a bad goalie

    • LincolnJim

      Dell is one of the weaker goalies among the top 20. his GAA isn’t among the leaders and his save percentage is low and he’s not able to help the team win games when the offense doesn’t show. The adage is your goalie is your best penalty killer, which means their penalty kill is really weak

    • je

      especially in a ‘one and done’ like the NCAAs

  • tigers4und2

    No way in heck were there for SUE fans…I was there and the building holds about 7700 people and there wasnt close to 3000 of them. There were a lot but not half and its because the shut that gawd awful state down when UND travels, there is nothing else for them to do but travel with them. Those that dont have to travel were smart enough to get out of that place.

    • Devins27

      Really, tigers2und2? Really? Can we try to grow up?

    • je

      are you 7? that was barely coherent.

  • Siouxhky19

    Just for the record sioux are still way higher in the rankings than CC ever has been this year. And its one game. thats why they play 2 of them in a series. They’re not exactly on a hot streak right now–so good job, CC will still not make the playoffs

  • Guest

    as much as i hate sue fans, they are 110% better than cc fans… you do realize that your student section sits the entire time during DU GAMES! yes, even for a big rivalry game, the only time anyone stands to cheer is when a goal is scored

  • Goalie Fan

    It also doesnt help when every goalie (usually and lately anyway) stands on his fn head! Being one I know that when you play big teams, you prepare differently than you would say for a series against Michagan Tech…. Last weekend, that tender was incredible and last nite we peppered that chit outta him and he continued to make save after save. Im no expert but I wouldnt mind seeing Eids in for the game tonight

  • NDlookingfor 8

    This Fighting Sioux team will make a Championship run and nobody will remember last nights game much other than the stat-keepers and the parents of the players.
    Sioux win tonight 4-1 and start that run….

  • MinotOilBaron

    I think Genoway and some of the other seniors need to be recognized as being among the least successful classes in UND history. Whereas North Dakota won the finals or was in the finals many times over the previous years, neither has happened during this class’ career. I think it calls into question their heart and leadership and getting rid of this senior class will help the program. I don’t think any of them really stand out as being NHL caliber the way Toews and Zajac were. Genoway in particular is the symbol. He’s got good stats but bottom line, the team never wins when it needs to and he’s soft

    • nogofer

      I guess you’ll be happy that Genoway is injured…

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