Oct 9, 2010 1:15 AM

CC edges RPI in season opener

It didn't take long for Colorado College's new "brother combination" to yield big dividends.

Jaden and Rylan Schwartz each scored a power-play goal on Friday, leading the Tigers to a bruising 2-1 victory over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in their 2010-11 season opener at the World Arena.

Sophomore center Rylan, the older of the two siblings, struck for the game winner at 10:42 of the third period on a rebound of Gabe Guentzel's high slap shot that hit the glass behind the RPI net and bounced to Schwartz near the left goal post. Jaden Schwartz also drew an assist on the tally.

The decisive red lighter rendered the verdict in a goaltending duel between Engineers junior Adam York and CC sophomore Joe Howe. York finished with 25 saves in the loss, while Howe made 30 stops at the other end.

The teams, who were whistled for 10 minor penalties apiece in the game, meet in a rematch Saturday. Faceoff is 7:07 p.m.

Freshman left wing Jaden Schwartz redirected Guentzel's blast from the point at 13:22 of the opening frame, with the Tigers holding a two-man advantage, to give Colorado College the early advantage. Senior right wing Stephen Schultz also helped set up the goal.

It looked as though CC would take the 1-0 lead into the first intermission until sophomore defenseman Nick Bailen pulled Rensselaer even with just 7.2 seconds showing on the clock. Bailen picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone, skated along the right boards and rocketed a shot from the blue line that eluded Howe high on the stick side. That also was a power-play goal.

Both goaltenders were busy in the second period, when RPI tested Howe with 15 shots and the Tigers launched 12 on York. Despite 11 minors resulting in several more power plays, neither team could score until Rylan Schwartz converted with 9:18 left in regulation. Schwartz later hit the pipe in the final minute of play, after York had left the ice in favor of a sixth attacker




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