Jan 16, 2014 10:00 AM by Jordan Mason
The Tigers hope to use home ice to their advantage this weekend when they entertain No. 7-ranked Providence College in a two-game, non-conference series at the World Arena.
Faceoff is 7:37 p.m. (MT) Friday and 7:07 p.m. Saturday.
Colorado College plays seven of its next 10 outings, including four straight starting with Friday's series opener against the Friars, on the CSWA's Olympic-size sheet.
CC, currently seventh in the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference with a 2-7-3-1 mark in league play, is 2-15-3 overall after dropping a pair of NCHC decisions (5-3 and 3-2) at the University of North Dakota last week. Providence, which lost 5-2 at Boston College last Friday, is 13-5-4 overall and tied for second place in the Hockey East Association with a 6-4-1 mark in conference play.
Friday's series opener marks the first meeting between the teams since the 2000-01 season, when they skated to a 1-1 tie at the World Arena. The Tigers own a 5-4-2 edge in 11 encounters overall dating back to December 1963, when they posted a 4-3 victory at the Brown University Holiday Tournament.
Freshman defenseman Jaccob Slavin, who was named NCHC Rookie of the Week on Monday after scoring three of CC's five goals in the two games at North Dakota, was a teammate of Friars goatender Jon Gillies at the recent 2014 IIHF World Championship in Sweden. Both played for Team USA, which was eliminated by Russia in the tournament quarterfinals.
Tiger Bytes: Colorado College has converted on five of 10 power plays - including three of six during last week's series at UND - in its last three games. ... As part of an official "tour" over the course of the next two months, the Julie and Spencer Penrose Memorial Cup will be on display at the World Arena for the second time on Saturday, Feb. 22, when CC plays host to the University of Denver. Fans will be able to see the new trophy, which will be awarded annually to the NCHC's regular-season champion, up close with an opportunity to have their picture taken with it. The Cup initially made its public debut at the CSWA during the Tigers' season-opening series against Minnesota Duluth back in mid-October.