First period woes sink Tigers in 6-1 loss to 18th-ranked Omaha

Posted at 11:22 PM, Dec 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-10 01:22:39-05

OMAHA — The Colorado College men's hockey team (0-1-1) gave up four first period goals and were never able to recover in a 6-1 loss to 18th-ranked Omaha (3-2-0) Wednesday night at Baxter Arena.

Special teams doomed the Tigers all night with the program taking seven penalties (2-for-7 on PK) and allowing two shorthanded goals.

"We have to play smarter, with more discipline, again we have to manage the puck," head coach Mike Haviland said. "We have a lot of things to work on as we talked about after and a day before we play Western, you have to get right back at it again."

Trailing 4-0 after the opening 20 minutes, CC was able to hold UNO off the board in the second period before finally finding the back of the net in the third.

Freshman defenseman Jack Millar scored his first collegiate goal to cut the deficit to 4-1 just 74 seconds in. It would be as close as the Tigers would come in their second game of the season

Speaking of fresh faces, newbie goaltender Dominic Basse replaced Matt Vernon after three early tallies and finished with 22 saves.

Josiah Slavin collected his third assist of the young season, while Zach Berzolla led all players with five blocked shots.

The Tigers return to action on Friday, Dec. 11 against Western Michigan, beginning at 7:35 p.m. (CT).