Dec 5, 2010 1:48 AM
Near the bottom of the WCHA standings not much more than a week ago, red-hot Colorado College suddenly is among a cluster of teams jockeying for a spot among the league's top six.
The Tigers skated to their third consecutive victory on Saturday, defeating Michigan Tech by a 5-0 count at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena to complete their first sweep of the season.
Fueled by two goals apiece off the sticks of freshmen Jaden Schwartz and Archie Skalbeck, CC improved to 8-7-1 overall and 5-5 in conference play.
Freshman netminder Josh Thorimbert, making only his third start, backstopped his first career shutout with 36 saves. Senior right wing Stephen Schultz also scored and added a pair of assists for Colorado College, which launched a season-high 49 attempts on a MTU goaltender Josh Robinson. CC scored four times in the third period for the second night in a row.
The Tigers out-shot MTU, 14-11, and failed to cash in on a couple power-play opportunities during a scoreless first period, when senior defenseman and team captain Ryan Lowery left the game for good with an injury.
Five and a half minutes into the second frame, sophomore defenseman Doug Leaverton and Tech's Alex McLeod collided at the boards adjacent to the official scorer's booth. The impact caused a pane of glass to shatter, causing a lengthy delay.
Less than four minutes after play resumed, at 9:18 of the period, Schultz picked off an errant Huskies pass and fed Schwartz, who rang his shot off the inside of the pipe behind Robinson to put the Tigers up, 1-0.
That's the way it stayed until Schultz fired through a screen by Rylan Schwartz at 6:46 of the third stanza. Jaden Schwartz and junior defenseman Gabe Guentzel earned assists. Skalbeck struck for his first of the contest just 69 seconds later to make it 3-0 at 7:55.
Jaden Schwartz's second tally of the game, and seventh point of the series, made it 4-0 at 11:45, and Skalbeck capped the scoring with a power-play goal at 14:23. Tyler Johnson and Dakota Eveland each picked up a pair of assists in the victory.