Feb 19, 2011 2:33 AM
But, after squandering leads of 1-0, 2-1, 4-2 and 5-4 in Friday's series opener at Bemidji State University, the Tigers had little cause to celebrate their 5-5 tie at BSU's sold-out Sanford Center.
They wasted a three-point night by junior left wing Tim Hall, who doubled his season output with a pair of first-period tallies then added an assist, as well as a goal and an assist apiece by Nick Dineen and Jaden Schwartz, who returned to the lineup after a 15-game absence.
They also let slip away a chance to move into a tie for fifth place in the WCHA.
Instead, CC heads into Saturday's rematch tied for sixth with the University of Minnesota, each one point behind the University of Wisconsin, after the visiting Gophers won 5-2 at UW on Friday.
Colorado College is 17-14-2 overall and 11-11-1 in conference play with five games remaining in the regular season.
Sophomore Jordan George's 14th goal of the season, with 2:55 left in regulation, pulled Bemidji State even for the fourth and final time. The 11th-place Beavers, now 11-14-4 overall and 7-12-4 in WCHA play, earlier struck twice within a span of 1:34 late in the middle frame to wipe out a 4-2 deficit.
Hall's second goal of the game, and third in the last two outings, put the Tigers up 3-2 with 5:01 left in the opening period. Just as in last Saturday's 2-1 victory over Minnesota State University at the World Arena, the tally came off a deflection of defenseman Michael Boivin's shot from the point.
Hall's first red lighter, at 8:34 of the stanza, was a shorthanded effort after he and Dineen broke up ice during BSU's first power play of the contest. Senior forward Tyler Johnson, who later left the game with an undisclosed injury, staked CC to an early lead with his 18th goal of the season just 2:29 into the contest.
Schwartz set up Dineen for the Tigers' first power-play goal in six games, producing a 4-2 cushion at 15:02 of the second period, then struck for his 12th tally of the season at 1:09 of the third period to snap a 4-4 deadlock.
On a nightmarish evening for goaltenders, junior Dan Bakala finished with 16 saves for the home team. Sophomore Joe Howe, who played the first two periods for CC, stopped 15 of 19 shots by the Beavers. Freshman Josh Thorimbert steered away seven of eight BSU attempts, including three in overtime, during the final 25 minutes of play.