This past weekend against Miami (OH), the Colorado College (8-9-1, 3-6-1 NCHC) men's hockey team continued what has been a season of inconsistent play. Falling to the Redhawks 6-1 Friday night before responding with a 4-2 win on Saturday.
"We have to know that we can't be throwing points away this time of year," junior forward Troy Conzo said. "Every point really matters in college hockey, but especially now more than ever with about half the season gone."
With only 14 NCHC games remaining, now is the time is now for the Tigers to make their move up the conference standings.
Practicing on an NHL sheet of ice in preparation for this weekend's trip to Western Michigan, the Tigers know four points would be crucial against a Broncos team (7-9-4, 3-5-2 NCHC) that leads them by three points for fourth place.
"It will be a good series and both teams need points in the standings," Conzo said. "We're a couple of points behind them right now, both teams are trying to find their way here and I think it will be a really good series. I think it will come down to who wants it more."
Back in early November, Mike Haviland's team dropped a 6-3 decision to WMU before settling for a 4-4 draw the next night at Broadmoor World Arena.
Now its back to Kalamazoo where the Tigers have a chance to return the favor and get on track in 2020.
"We're going to keep chipping away, we're working hard in practice right now to continue that trend," freshman goaltender Matt Vernon said. "I think it will show in the next 15 games."