McDermott held out
Colorado College sophomore defenseman Eamonn McDermott, who left Friday’s game with an unspecified lower body injury during the second period, was held out of Saturday’s game at North Dakota and remains day to day according to CC trainer Jason Bushie.
“This isn’t a significant long-term injury,” Bushie said.
After the game, McDermott said he was feeling better.
CC playing too loose in road losses
In all three road losses, the Tigers showed off their quick-strike offensive ability, but often at their own expense on defense.
Against Nebraska-Omaha, CC scored three goals in two minutes and two in two minutes against Denver. On Friday, the Tigers scored two goals in 16 seconds to tie the game at 5-5 midway through the second period of the 7-6 defeat.
That kind of explosiveness is a big reason CC leads Division I with 4.5 goals a game.
“We’re a good offensive team. That doesn’t surprise you or me,” Tigers coach Scott Owens said Saturday. “The problem is on the other end. We need to do a better job getting on the same page defensively.”
CC’s defensive breakdowns led to three of the Sioux’s four goals in a 4-3 North Dakota win Saturday
Owens said the Tigers also ran into teams hungry to bounce back from losses.
UND junior Danny Kristo, who recorded two goals and assist Friday, pointed to that as motivation.
“CC is a very strong team; very good offensively so we knew we had to be hitting on all eight cylinders,” he said.
The 7-6 loss to North Dakota was the highest-scoring game involving Colorado College since an 8-5 home win over Michigan Tech on Oct. 24, 2009. … It was the highest scoring game between the teams since a 9-5 CC win on Nov. 24, 1995. … Rylan Schwartz’s hat tricks were scored before an estimated 35 family and friends from Saskatchewan. … Jaden Schwartz now has a career-best 17-game points streak with 31 points (22 assists) during that span. He has 64 points (42 assists) in 40 games. … Thanks to CC sports information director Dave Moross for picking up the phone Saturday night and doing his best to answer my questions about hat trick records. Hopefully we can figure things out more definitely early next week. … According to the Grand Forks Herald, all the area motels were full Friday night because of two youth hockey tournaments and Canadian shoppers (Winnipeg is less than two hours’ drive) taking advantage of Black Friday sales.