Three games into the season, Colorado College remains undefeated.
Led by senior defenseman/team captain Ryan Lowery, who assisted on a pair of power-play goals, the Tigers struck three times in the opening period and held on for a 4-3 victory over the University of Alaska Anchorage in first-round action at the Brice Alaska Goal Rush Tournament in Fairbanks.
Freshman netminder Josh Thorimbert, making the first official start of his collegiate career, backstopped the triumph with 16 saves.
CC seized the lead three times in the first frame on tallies by William Rapuzzi, Tim Hall and Tyler Johnson. But the Seawolves, who never trailed by more than a goal, went into the intermission trailing by only a 3-2 count and pulled even again early in the middle period when Jordan Kwas scored with his team holding a man advantage.
Sophomore winger Andrew Hamburg put the Tigers back on top with a power-play tally at 9:03 of that second period, and neither team scored the rest of the way. Lowery set up Hamburg's game winner, on a give-and-go exchange, as well as Johnson's red lighter at 14:29 of the first period, which also came during a power play.
Rapuzzi gave Colorado College the early advantage just 1:33 into the game, with linemates Archie Skalbeck and Stephen Schultz assisting on the goal.
CC, which takes on tournament host University of Alaska (Fairbanks) on Saturday, improved to 2-0-1 while the Seawolves suffered their first loss and fell to 1-1-1. Mitch Bruijsten and Curtis Leinweber scored for UAA in the first period.
The Tigers launched 27 shots on freshman goalie Rob Gunderson, who finished with 24 stops for Alaska Anchorage.