This head of steam that Colorado College has built up in a span of nine days couldn't have come at a better time.
CC, which faces the most challenging stretch of its entire 2012-13 schedule over the course of the next month, has skated to four consecutive victories after defeating Bemidji State University, 6-3, on Saturday to complete a weekend sweep at the World Arena.
With national powerhouses Denver, New Hampshire, Yale, North Dakota and Minnesota looming as upcoming opponents, a 7-3 overall record and unblemished 4-0 mark in the WCHA gives head coach Scott Owens reason to smile.
"People are sharing the puck and playing unselfishly," Owens said after senior team captain William Rapuzzi fueled Saturday's triumph with two goals and two assists. "We're getting a little from the defense, too, so it's been good. We know the schedule is going to get a little tougher, but it's nice to get these four victories after losing the two at Cornell."
The first four-point game of Rapuzzi's career created a logjam at the top of CC's scoring chart for the season as he and fellow forwards Alexander Krushelnyski, Rylan Schwartz and Scott Winkler moved into the team lead with 10 points apiece after 10 outings.
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All four players registered multiple-point games on Saturday when Winkler finished with a goal and two assists, Schwartz with three assists, and Krushelnyski with a clinching empty-net tally to go with an earlier assist on a pivotal go-ahead goal by Andrew Hamburg in the final minute of the second period. Senior defenseman Mike Boivin also joined the parade with his third red lighter in four games along with an assist on Winkler's goal, both coming during first-period power plays after the visiting Beavers grabbed a 1-0 lead.
Senior netminder Joe Howe finished with 27 saves, including 16 in the third period, as BSU out-shot Colorado College by a 30-27 margin overall. Andrew Walsh made 21 stops for Bemidji State, which dropped to 2-3-1 overall and 1-2-1 in league play despite goals by Cory Ward, Aaron McLeod and Markus Gerbrandt.
The teams were tied, 2-2, when Hamburg tipped in Jeff Collett's rebound to put the Tigers ahead to stay with 41.2 seconds left in the middle frame. Rapuzzi's goals, both set up by Archie Skalbeck, came 6:30 apart in the third period to bump the lead to 5-2 with eight minutes left to play.