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Colorado College blanks Omaha 4-0

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Alex Leclerc had a season-high 41 saves and posted his first shutout of the season to lead Colorado College to a 4-0 victory over Omaha Saturday night at The Broadmoor World Arena.

Leclerc led CC’s penalty kill that fought off four Omaha power plays, including a five-minute extra-man advantage midway through the third period after Tanner Ockey was whistled for a major checking-from-behind penalty and given a game misconduct. Leclerc made 13 saves during the five-minute penalty kill and 19 overall in the third period.

“Our penalty kill was outstanding against the best power play in the country,” head coach Mike Haviland said. “Your goalie needs to be your best penalty killer and Alex certainly was for us tonight.”

The sophomore goalie from Longueuil, Quebec, continues to shine this season. He has allowed two goals or fewer in half of CC’s 12 games and lowered his goals-against average to 2.59.

“Everyone involved with the penalty kill was in the zone tonight,” Leclerc said. “The main difference tonight was our special teams. We need to be consistent in the special teams to be successful.”

Colorado College (7-5-0, 3-3-0) not only killed its own penalties, but took full advantage of Omaha’s by scoring its first two goals on the power play. Midway through the first period, Nick Halloran collected a pass from Trey Bradley at the left circle and sent a wrist shot past Omaha goalie Evan Weninger for a 1-0 lead at the 10:18 mark of the first period. Mason Bergh started the play for the first of his two assists for the second consecutive game.

Halloran had a part in CC’s second goal of the night as his shot from the top of the left circle was deflected by Westin Michaud into the net. The Tigers scored multiple times on the power play for the third time this season.

The Tigers’ third goal also came with an extra attacker, but this time was during a delayed penalty call. After holding on to the puck for nearly 30 seconds with an empty net, Trevor Gooch scored to make it 3-0. Gooch cleaned up a rebound off a shot from the point by Ben Israel for his fourth goal of the campaign.

Bergh, who also assisted on Gooch’s goal, scored his team-leading eighth of the season with a spectacular individual effort late in the third period. He collected the puck just before center ice and weaved past a couple of Mavericks before firing a wrister from the top of the right circle past Omaha’s back-up goalie Kris Oldham for the game’s final tally at the 15:45 mark.

Omaha (4-3-1, 1-1-0 NCHC) outshot the Tigers 41-22, including a 19-4 advantage in the third period.

Colorado College, which remains in a tied for first place in the NCHC standings, travels to St. Cloud, Minn., next weekend for a weekend series with the top-ranked team in the country, St. Cloud State.

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