Colorado Mesa Posts Win Over Tigers

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. It wasn't the result Colorado College was looking for, but it was exactly the kind of test the Tigers needed as they head into two of their most important games of the 2014 campaign.

Senior goaltender Brad Brandenburg steered aside 21 shots and got some help from the posts to help the Division II Mavericks escape Washburn Field with a 7-5 victory in a defensive battle on Saturday afternoon.

"Their goaltender played extremely well," CC head coach Sean Woods said. "But we could have shot better. Hitting the post four times certainly didn't help our cause."

Seniors Tyler Allen and Jack Kreitler scored 18 seconds apart to give Colorado College a 2-1 lead with 2:19 remaining in the first quarter, but Jake Douglas tied the score at 2-2 when he found the net with 20 ticks remaining in the opening frame.

After a scoreless second period, Mitch Flaherty put the Mavericks ahead to stay with an unassisted tally a little more than five minutes into the second half. Shane O'Neill doubled CMU's lead with a man-down goal midway through the third period, and then goals by Michael Beimford and Austin Pridham gave the Mavericks a 6-2 cushion with 10:35 to play.

"We played sound defensively during the first half, but some errors in transition led to three easy goals during the third quarter," Woods said.

Kreitler struck for a second time with 9:50 to play, however the Tigers' momentum didn't last long. Griffin Perkiel scored 22 seconds later to extend Colorado Mesa's advantage to 7-3.

Markers by Allen and Austin Davie Colorado College's deficit to two, but Bradenburg stopped four shots during the final 3:19 to help CMU run out the clock.

CC finished with a 48-33 advantage in total shots and a 29-10 edge in ground balls. The Tigers also won 11 of 15 faceoffs.

"Our faceoff unit did well and our possession time was valuable," Woods said. "Neither is a big weapon if you don't score."

Sophomore goaltender Chase Murphy finished with 10 saves, marking the sixth time this season he stopped double-digit shots.

Sophomore defender Tim Jenkins grabbed five ground balls and caused a pair of turnovers for the Tigers, who slipped to 8-5.

"Colorado Mesa is a tough Division II team with size and speed," Woods said. "They have four or five Division I transfers and play a mature game. Playing a team like this will help us the next two weeks against Southwestern (University) and Whittier (College)."

Colorado College travels to Georgetown, Texas, next Saturday to face host Southwestern in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championship game.


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