COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - In a gut-check performance that seemed long overdue, Colorado College dug deep and showed some character on Saturday.
The Tigers rebounded from Friday's heartbreaking overtime loss with a very workman-like 2-0 victory over the University of Alaska Anchorage that earned them a split of their two-game WCHA series at the World Arena.
Sophomore goaltender Joe Howe backstopped the triumph with 26 saves, half of those coming in the third period when the visiting Seawolves desperately tried to overcome a one-goal deficit.
Freshman center Archie Skalbeck notched the game-winning tally at 2:08 of the middle frame, beating UAA netminder Rob Gunderson with a blazing wrist shot from the top of the right faceoff circle after junior defenseman Ted Behrend forced a turnover in the neutral zone. Skalbeck's rocket beat Gunderson high on the glove side, just inside the near post and under the cross bar.
The assist was the first point of Behrend's collegiate career.
Sophomore right wing William Rapuzzi iced the victory with an empty-net goal in the final minute of play, chasing down a loose puck in the Seawolves end after Nick Dineen won a faceoff inside the CC blue line and was able to clear the zone.
With the victory, Colorado College improved to 6-7-1 overall and 3-5 in WCHA play. The two points lifted the Tigers from 11th into a tie for ninth place with Minnesota State University in the league standings, but they also have two games in hand with MSU and remain just two points behind sixth-place Wisconsin.
The shutout was the second of the season for Howe, who now has five altogether at CC. His biggest stop of the night came nine minutes into the third period, when he robbed UAA's Alex Gellert on a shorthanded breakaway.
Both teams went 0-for-5 on the power play in the evenly contested game that saw Gunderson, a freshman, finish with 18 saves.