February 19, 2011

Colorado College Dumps CU in Scrimmage

from press release

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Zach Steedman made 14 saves and Carson Christman struck for four goals and set up three others to fuel Colorado College's 11-5 victory over the University of Colorado club team in an exhibition game on Saturday at Washburn Field.

Steedman stopped four of five shots in the first period when most of the play was in the Tigers' defensive zone, but Colorado College started to click in the second period and broke the defensive struggle open with four consecutive scores.

Christman, the reigning Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year, had a hand in four of the Tigers' five second period goals to help CC build a 6-2 lead at the half.

James Mauk put Colorado College in front to stay 39 seconds into the second stanza and Hunter Sprole struck for the first of his two goals 30 seconds later. Christman found the net for the first time with 11 minutes remaining in the period and then scored what proved to be the game winner with 1:06 to play before the break.

Colin Rosenblum scored both of his goals in the second half to help the Buffs cut CC's lead to 6-3, and 8-5, but after Dan's Hardardt tallied 4:10 into the fourth period, James Mauk answered with a pair of goals and Christman closed out the scoring with 2:50 to go.

Colorado College finished the game with a 38-33 edge in shots, which included a 25-19 advantage in shots on goal.

Mauk finished with three goals and an assist, while Hunter Sprole had a pair of scores and assisted on two more. Steve Rijo and defenseman Chris Kolodey also scored for CC.

Bradley Macnee stopped six out of the 12 shots he faced in the first half before giving way to Connor Byrnes, who made eight saves on 13 shots.

CC won 14 of 19 face-offs, with Buck McKenna leading the way by winning six of seven. The Tigers had a 29-20 advantage in ground balls which helped offset some of its 36 turnovers.

Will Ellis picked up a game-high eight ground balls and for Colorado College, while Tyler O'Crowley paced the Buffs with four.

CC plays host to the Colorado State University club team on March 5 in the Tigers final dress rehearsal before opening the regular season with back-to-back games against Goucher College and Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania on March 12 and 13.

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