Mired in a scoring slump with the rest of Colorado College's upperclassmen, Tyler Johnson picked the perfect moment to end his personal dry spell.
Johnson struck for his 17th goal of the season midway through the third period on Saturday, lifting CC to a dramatic come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Minnesota State University in the finale of their two-game series at the World Arena.
With the triumph, the Tigers remained a point ahead of the University of Minnesota while gaining sole possession of sixth place in the WCHA standings. Now 11-11 in league play, they improved to 17-14-1 overall and avenged Friday's 5-1 loss to the Mavericks.
Freshman netminder Josh Thorimbert, who finished with 32 saves, made his biggest stop of the night on MSU's Justin Jokinen just moments after Johnson converted a pass from freshman winger Dakota Eveland from behind the net at 10:40 of the final frame. Jokinen, who scored Minnesota State's first goal a night earlier, later hit the pipe behind Thorimbert with 6:14 remaining in the contest.
Junior left wing Tim Hall's deflection of defenseman Michael Boivin's shot from the point wiped out a 1-0 deficit at 14:08 of the second stanza and marked the first tally by a Colorado College upperclassman in seven games. Sophomore forward Scott Winkler, who now has collected six points in his last seven outings, also drew an assist on the goal after winning a faceoff in the visitors' zone.
Junior goaltender Austin Lee made 28 saves for the Mavericks, who dropped to 13-13-6 overall and 7-13-4 in WCHA play. They took their 1-0 lead at 17:01 of the first period, when senior Channing Boe cashed in during a power play. Fellow defensemen Kurt Davis and Evan Mosey combined to set up the goal.
MSU, which has only four league games remaining, fell into 10th place in the league standings, four points behind the Tigers.
Colorado College, meanwhile, has six games left as it battles to hold onto the sixth and final home-ice berth for the opening round of the WCHA playoffs. CC plays at 11th-place Bemidji State University next weekend.