On Saturday night, 24 hours after its ugliest performance of the season, Colorado College reached down deep and took care of business.
The Tigers rebounded from Friday's disappointing setback to the University of Alaska Anchorage with a gritty effort that produced a come-from-behind 4-3 victory and earned them a split of their two-game series at the World Arena.
Junior defenseman Mike Boivin struck for his second goal of the game with 2.8 seconds left in regulation, firing a wrist shot from the left point that eluded screened UAA goaltender Rob Gunderson high on the glove side. Referees Todd Anderson and Brad Shepherd, who earlier disallowed an apparent tally by CC's Archie Skalbeck, reviewed the game winner for almost four minutes before ruling it official.
"I was just getting it past that first set of shin pads," said Boivin, who took a pass from Scott Winkler near the blue line and took two strides toward the high slot before sending the rising wrist shot through traffic. "I saw Rylan (Schwartz) in front with the screen. He boxed out the defenseman, so I knew that as long I got it past the forward, it was on its way to the net. The goalie never saw it."
Sophomore left wing Dakota Eveland started the play by digging the puck out of the corner and getting it to Winkler in the left faceoff circle.
Boivin's first goal came on a rebound of Jeff Collett's shot at 16:32 of the opening period after UAA's Eric Scheid and Brett Cameron staked the Seawolves to an early 2-0 lead. Cameron scored again at the two-minute mark of the middle frame, restoring the two-goal cushion.
A pair of outstanding individual plays by Schwartz and David Civitarese pulled Colorado College even before the end of the period.
On CC's fourth power play of the contest, Schwartz broke up a clearing attempt just inside the Alaska Anchorage blue line, knocked a fluttering puck out of mid-air and skated in two-on-one with Skalbeck before beating Gunderson with a wicked wrister from in close at 4:04.
At 11:13, Civitarese broke in alone to tie the game after intercepting a cross-ice pass inside the Tigers blue line with teammate Aaron Harstad in the penalty box. It was Colorado College's fourth shorthanded goal of the 2011-12 campaign.
The final 20 minutes turned out to be a goaltending duel between Gunderson and CC sophomore Josh Thorimbert, who stopped all 11 shots he faced including a sequence of three point-blank attempts during a Seawolves power play with under 2:30 remaining.
Thorimbert finished with 23 saves while Gunderson, who made 19 of his in the first period, recorded 36 altogether.
Colorado College, which played without sophomore left wing Jaden Schwartz for the first time this season, improved to 9-5 overall and 7-5 in the WCHA. Alaska Anchorage dropped to 6-10-2 overall and 3-10-1 in league play.