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Colorado College claims first win with 4-3 victory

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Westin Michaud had a goal and two assists for a career-high three points and Colorado College overcame Ross Colton’s hat trick to defeat Vermont, 4-3, Saturday at Gutterson Fieldhouse in Burlington, Vt.

Trey Bradley, Nick Halloran and Kade Kehoe also scored and Alex Leclerc had 35 saves, including 19 in the third period, as the Tigers salvaged a split of the weekend series with the Catamounts.

Colorado College came out on fire, putting three shots on net in the first minute, but couldn’t get anything past Vermont goalie Stefanos Lekkas, who pitched a shutout on Friday. The Catamounts (1-1) took a 1-0 lead at the 1:40 mark when Colton took a pass from Rob Darrar, cut in past the Tiger defense for a breakaway and put a shot past Leclerc.

The Tigers (1-1) did not back down as Michaud evened things up and scored CC’s first goal of the season at the 6:34 mark of the opening period. Ben Israel started the play with a pass to the front of the net that deflected to Bradley, who then found Michaud wide open in front and the game was even at 1-1.

It appeared that Alex Berardinelli put the Tigers ahead 2-1 with 4:31 left in the second period, but his goal was waved off after a lengthy review by the officials. Less than a minute later, however, Halloran gave the Tigers their first lead of the young season as he put home a rebound from the right side after Lekkas saved a shot from the point by Andrew Farny.

“We stuck with it after the goal was waved off and found a way to take the lead, then hang on to it,” head coach Mike Haviland said. “I liked our effort from the start to the finish tonight. It was a much better hockey game for both teams. This was a man’s game tonight.”

Colton scored the second of his three goals at the 3:50 mark of the third to even things up at 2 apiece, but the Tigers responded with two goals just 24 seconds apart midway through the frame, each coming off an assist by Michaud. Bradley notched his first of the season on the power play with a bomb from the right circle at the 8:52 mark that was behind Lekkas before he knew it, then Kehoe scored the eventual game-winner at 9:16 after a perfect pass from behind the net by Michaud.

“We earned this win tonight,” Haviland said. “This was good for us. This is what the NCHC is going to be like this season.”

Colton cut the lead to 4-3 at the 9:57 mark, but the Tiger defense and Leclerc did not allow Vermont anything else. Colton led all players with 13 shots, while Halloran and junior Mason Bergh led the Tigers with four apiece.

“I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anyone with 13 shots in a game at any level,” Haviland said. “When you have to compete for every inch of the ice, it’s a good lesson for our guys on how hard it is to win.”

Bradley’s power-play tally was the only one the Tigers recorded on the weekend as they were 1-for-7 tonight. CC’s penalty kill was very effective, allowing Vermont just one goal in five tries.

The Tigers return to action next weekend at The Broadmoor World Arena against Alaska Anchorage, Oct. 13-14.

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