No. 6 Colorado State Edges No. 15 Davenport

Fort Collins, CO Sixth-ranked Colorado State won the opening game of their four-game homestand with an 11-9 victory over No. 15 Davenport on a chilly Thursday evening. The Rams' scoring effort included a hat-trick by senior Ethan LaHoda (Monarch HS; Monarch, CO) and goals by eight other players in the teams' first ever meeting as CSU handed the Panthers their first loss of the season.

Davenport grabbed the early lead with 8:44 remaining in the first quarter before CSU finally got things moving late in the opening frame. Freshman Ashton Monheiser (Mountain Vista HS; Highlands Ranch, CO) and junior Eric Uhl (The Masters School; Simsbury, CT) scored unassisted goals just :40 apart with just over two minutes remaining to give the Rams a 2-1 lead headed into the second quarter.

After the Panthers tied things up early in the second, CSU went on a pivotal four-goal run over nine minutes of game-time to grab hold of the game and stake out to a 6-2 lead. Davenport made it a three-goal game at halftime when Dominic Boggiano scored his second of the evening.

Davenport scored again early in the third period to make it 6-4, but the Rams stretched their lead with another key run, this time striking for three straight goals in just over four minutes of game-time. When the dust settled in the exciting third quarter, the Rams held a 10-6 lead.

As they had done throughout the game, Davenport struck in the opening moments of the fourth quarter to stay within striking distance, but freshman Chase Warner (Tesaro HS; Mission Viejo, CA) stung an important goal to push the lead back to four. The Panthers got two goals extremely late to make it an 11-9 final.

Colorado State was led by LaHoda's three goals on the evening, which marked a career high for the senior. The Rams also got two-point nights out of senior Sean Smith (Amherst HS; Amherst, NY) and sophomore Jake Johnson (Bridgton Academy; Lake Forest, CA). Davenport's Nathaniel Adkins registered a hat-trick to lead the Panthers.

CSU outshot the Panthers 38-26 and won the groundball battle 44-37. Davenport goaltender Bill Linhardt had 14 saves, including 10 in the second half, to keep DU in the game. The Rams won 13 of 22 face-offs and got 10 total saves from its two goaltenders in the victory.

The Rams (6-3 overall; 0-1 RMLC) take the field again on Saturday at noon when they host the UNLV Rebels. CSU won last year's match-up with UNLV 9-5 in Las Vegas. The Rebels are coming off a 12-7 loss to #2 Colorado on Thursday evening. Davenport (4-1 overall) takes a day off on Friday before making the trip to Boulder on Saturday to face off with the Buffaloes.


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