COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - Alex Leclerc made 37 saves and Trevor Gooch scored for Colorado College as the Tigers and Denver, the No. 1 team in the country, tied for the second consecutive night. This time, at The Broadmoor World Arena, each team scored just one goal in 65 minutes before Denver’s Liam Finlay scored 1:35 into the second overtime for the extra point in the NCHC standings.
Gooch gave Colorado College (7-7-2, 3-5-2-1 NCHC) a 1-0 lead after the first period for the second consecutive night with a goal at the 18:03 mark. Friday’s hero, Christiano Versich, found Gooch in front of the net just as a DU penalty expired, but his shot was saved by goalie Tanner Jaillet. Gooch collected his own rebound and put it in the net for his fifth goal of the season. Kristian Blumenschein gathered his third point of the weekend with an assist on the play.
The rest of the game belonged to Leclerc. After Denver scored three goals from plays originating from behind the net on Friday, the Pioneers (9-3-4, 5-3-2-1) were making a concerted effort to do the same on Saturday. Leclerc came up with a couple of spectacular saves in the second period, including one on Henrik Borgstrom from point-blank range.
The only blemish on Leclerc’s sheet came early in the third period, when Finlay evened the score just 17 seconds into the frame. Borgstrom carried the puck into the zone on a 2-on-1, stopped at the bottom of the left circle to let a CC defender slide by, and found Finlay all by himself across the crease.
Leclerc was solid the rest of the way, stopping 16 Pioneer shots in the third period. Versich had a wonderful opportunity to end the game in the first minute of the first overtime, but his shot from the slot sailed just wide.
“We were pretty good against the No. 1 team in the country this weekend,” head coach Mike Haviland said. “We are getting better and better each game. It was tough to duplicate last night’s effort, but it was important to show that we could.”
Denver held a 38-24 advantage in shots on goal, and for the second straight game, neither team scored on the power play. CC was 0-for-4, while the Pioneers were 0-for-3.
Gooch led all players with six shots, while Tanner Ockey had four. Ryan Orgel paced the Pioneers with five shots.
The Tigers play their next four games outside of the NCHC, beginning with a home series against Arizona State, Dec. 16-17.