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Westin Michaud scored twice and Alex Leclerc had 36 saves for his second shutout of the season to lead Colorado College to a 4-0 victory over Arizona State Saturday night at The Broadmoor World Arena.

Michaud put the Tigers (8-7-2) on the board with his fifth goal of the season at the 10:45 mark of the first period. He took a cross-ice pass from Zach Berzolla and put a one-timer past ASU goalie Joey Daccord. Christiano Versich, who had the first multi-point game of his career with a goal and two assists, collected a helper on the play.

Just 17 seconds later, Nick Halloran took a pass from Trey Bradley in front of the net following an Arizona State turnover and lifted a shot past Daccord for a 2-0 lead. The two goals in 17 seconds were the fastest by Colorado College since Nov. 25, 2011, when Nick Dineen and Ryan Schwartz scored 16 seconds apart at North Dakota.

Versich notched his third goal of the season to make it 3-0 with 4:07 remaining in the first period. With CC on the power play, Trevor Gooch sent a pass from the right circle to the left side of the crease, where Versich was standing all alone and had an open net. Troy Conzo started the play and recorded his third assist of the season.

“Christiano is just getting better and better,” head coach Mike Haviland said. “He has a super-high hockey IQ and is getting more confidence in his game.”

Michaud closed the scoring and chased Daccord from the game at the 1:31 mark of the second period. He collected a rebound after backup goalie Ryland Pashovitz saved a shot from Gooch and circled to the slot to put his sixth goal in the back of the net.

“So far this year, we have been very, very good at times and just average at times,” Michaud said. “We have to play the full 60 minutes. I think we got out of our structure detail wise. But in the end we did cruise because we had a strong, strong performance from Alex (Leclerc).” 

While the players in front of him were peppering the ASU goalies with 43 shots (the second-most this season), Leclerc was stellar once again, backstopping the fourth shutout of his career. He has allowed just one goal in the last three games at The Broadmoor World Arena and collected at least 30 saves for the fourth consecutive contest.

“This game shows the growth of program and in the guys here leading us in the room,” Haviland said. “We need to grow and learn and continue to get better. We were good at times tonight but we need to be consistently good.”

Gooch led all players with a career-high nine shots, followed by Mason Bergh with six and Halloran with five. Johnny Walker led Arizona State (4-10-3) with seven shots. The Tigers capitalized on one of its five power plays and killed off both of their penalties.

CC’s eight victories this season matches the total from last year and equals the most in a season since the 2012-13 campaign.

The two teams will wrap up the series on Sunday, beginning at 2 p.m.

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