COLORADO SPRINGS — Colorado College battled second-ranked North Dakota to the brink Monday night, but ended up falling to the Fighting Hawks, 2-1, at the Broadmoor World Arena.
After a scoreless first period, the teams traded power-play goals in the middle frame. Riese Gaber opened the scoring by collecting his own rebound and poking it by CC goalie Dominic Basse at the 14:26 mark. Basse, who kept the game at 0-0 earlier in the period with back-to-back outstanding saves on Grant Mismash and Matt Kierstad, finished the game with 27 saves.
The Tigers (3-7-2) finally solved UND goalie Adam Scheel as Ben Copeland scored his third goal of the season with just under one minute left in the frame to make it 1-1. Copeland gathered the puck after a shot by Jackson Jutting went off the boards behind the net and fired a wrister from the top of the left circle that beat Scheel. Freshman Chase Foley collected the first point of his collegiate career with an assist on the play.
Mismash scored the game-winner 1:41 into the third period, finishing a 2-on-1 with Collin Adams. Mismash had a chance to put the Fighting Hawks up by two later, but Basse stoned him with just under six minutes left in the game.
The Tigers had a late power-play opportunity when Mismash was called for tripping at the 16:24 mark of the final period, but just 10 seconds after Basse exited the net for an extra skater, Hugo Blixt was called for holding and the game ended with Fighting Hawks on the power play.
Scheel completed the contest with 23 saves as the Fighting Hawks improved to 9-2-1.
Colorado College hosts Omaha next weekend at the Broadmoor World Arena.