Feb 5, 2014 10:00 AM by Greg Smith
Traveling for the first time in almost a month, the rested Tigers head north this week for a two-game National Collegiate Hockey Conference series at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Faceoff at Duluth's AMSOIL Arena (6,600 seating capacity) is 7:07 p.m. CT Friday and Saturday as the longtime rivals meet for the second time as members of the fledgling NCHC.
Colorado College, 3-17-4 overall, currently occupies eighth place in the conference standings with a 3-8-3-1 mark in league play. CC earned a series split with Miami University at home two weekends ago, skating to a 4-1 victory on Friday, Jan. 24, before dropping a 6-1 decision a night later. The Tigers, who have not played since, trail Miami by one point.
UMD, which posted a pair of victories (5-2, 3-1) at Western Michigan University last week, improved to 12-9-3 overall and 7-6-1-1 in league play. With 23 points, the fifth-place and 17th-ranked Bulldogs are only one out of second place and three behind NCHC leader St. Cloud State.
Friday series opener marks the 177th encounter between the former Western Collegiate Hockey Association teams in a rivalry that started on Jan. 4, 1961. CC owns an 86-83-7 all-time edge in the previous 176 clashes after winning two of the last three.
Tiger Bytes: Former Colorado College goaltender and 2013 graduate Joe Howe, who currently plays for the Cincinnati Cyclones of the East Coast Hockey League, was named ECHL Rookie of the Month on Tuesday. Howe went 6-1 in seven appearances for the Cyclones in January, posting a 1.70 goals-against average and .944 saves percentage ... Senior left wing Alexander Krushelnyski, who saw his streak of playing in 131 consecutive games snapped when he sat out the Jan. 25 loss to Miami due to an injury, has logged a goal and an assist in each of the last four games in which he's appeared. With 15 points (7g,8a) in 10 outings during the months of December and January, Krushelnyski improved his team-leading total to 19 (8g,11a). He has 96 (39g,57a) for his career ... First-period tallies by right wing Alex Roos and defenseman Gustav Olofsson in the 4-1 victory over Miami on Jan. 24 gave the freshman class a collective 20 goals for the season. That's 45.5 percent of the team's total of 44 ... CC, which finished with a 39-21 advantage in shots on goal during its 6-1 loss to the RedHawks on Jan. 25, has out-shot its opponent in 11 of the last 18 games.