Nov 4, 2012 12:44 AM
Just in case anyone had forgotten about Joe Howe, the senior netminder served up a big reminder for the Colorado College faithful on Saturday.
Howe, who has backstopped 42 victories over the course of his four seasons, made 33 saves and recorded his seventh career shutout as CC completed a weekend sweep with a 3-0 triumph over the University of Wisconsin at Madison's Kohl Center.
It was just Howe's second start of the 2012-13 campaign, but he's won them both. This one kept the Tigers undefeated in WCHA play, at 2-0, and helped them improve to 5-3 overall after entering the weekend just hoping to end a three-game losing streak.
That mission accomplished a night earlier, when they prevailed 5-4 in overtime, head coach Scott Owens' troops settled in to combine sound defense with opportunistic offense in the series finale.
Junior forward Archie Skalbeck provided all the cushion Howe would need, snapping a scoreless deadlock at 1:58 of the second period after retrieving his own rebound to beat UW goaltender Joel Rumpel 12 seconds after a Colorado College power play expired. The tally was Skalbeck's fourth of the season but first since opening weekend, when he struck three times in a home-ice sweep of Clarkson University.
Classmate Alexander Krushelnyski, who scored 25 seconds into overtime on Friday, stunned the Badgers again with his fourth red lighter of the season - a fluke attempt from the left boards that sailed over Rumpel's shoulder at 15:50 of the middle frame after deflecting off a defender's stick in front of the net.
Senior defenseman Mike Boivin added his second power-play goal of the series with 2:12 left in the contest to destroy any comeback hopes Wisconsin may have had.
The Badgers probably deserved a better fate, out-shooting CC by a 33-22 margin. But, unfortunately for them, Howe is still around for his senior year.