Mar 6, 2014 12:00 PM by Jordan Mason
The Tigers can play the role of spoiler in addition to building some momentum for the rapidly approaching National Collegiate Hockey Conference playoffs when they host St. Cloud State University in a pair of key NCHC battles at the World Arena this week.
The visiting Huskies will be trying to clinch the Julie and Spencer Penrose Memorial Cup as the league's inaugural regular-season champion.
Faceoff for Friday's nationally-telecast (CBS Sports Network) series opener is 7:08 p.m. MT, while Saturday's rematch will start at 7:07 p.m.
Colorado College, 6-20-6 overall and 6-11-5-1 in conference play, will finish seventh in the NCHC standings regardless of this week's results after falling twice (6-0 and 2-1 in overtime) at the University of Nebraska Omaha last weekend
No. 4-ranked SCSU, which split with the University of North Dakota in a showdown series at home last Friday and Saturday, remained tied with UND for first place in the league standings, each with 42 points heading into this week's action. St. Cloud State, 19-8-5 overall, is 13-6-3-0 in conference play. The Huskies and North Dakota both are three points ahead of third-place Nebraska Omaha.
Friday's contest marks the 90th all-time meeting between the Tigers and SCSU. Colorado College leads the all-time rivalry by a 46-36-7 margin after tying (2-2) and losing (6-2) to the Huskies at the National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn., last Nov. 22 and 23. CC won a post-overtime shootout in the series opener that weekend. The teams split at the World Arena, where the Tigers hold a slim 14-13-2 all-time edge and are 5-2-3 against league opponents this season, in late February of 2013.
Tiger Bytes: Due to the national telecast by CBSSN, Friday's game will not be streamed live via the normal link on Colorado College's website ... While the Tigers are locked into seventh place in the conference standings and will travel to the No. 2 seed for a best-of-three NCHC playoff series next week, their opponent still can be any one of three teams - Nebraska Omaha, North Dakota or St. Cloud State - depending on this weekend's results. UNO, in fact, can finish anywhere from first to fifth.