CHRISTIAN PROPELS ST. CLOUD STATE PAST COLORADO COLLEGE IN OVERTIME, 5-4
Senior forward Jordy Christian nets game-winner at 2:30 of overtime for Huskies
After erupting for a pair of goals in the final three minutes of regulation on Saturday, Colorado College seem to have seized the momentum heading into overtime.
Jordy Christian had an altogether different notion.
Christian, a senior center on St. Cloud State University's third line, backhanded a rebound past CC goaltender Joe Howe exactly halfway through the sudden-death period, lifting the Huskies to a 5-4 victory in the finale of the teams' two-game series at the World Arena.
With the triumph, SCSU salvaged a weekend split and handed the No. 8-ranked Tigers their third loss during a six-game homestand that came to a bitter conclusion.
"We are struggling to put together a strong 60 minutes," said head coach Scott Owens. "Everything is a struggle right now."
For the second time in three outings, CC tied the contest with less than a half minute left in the third period and Howe on the bench in favor of an extra attacker. Sophomore left wing Alexander Krushelnyski, who earlier set up a first-period tally by linemate Scott Winkler, forced the extra session when he muscled a shot past St. Cloud State netminder Ryan Faragher from a scramble in front with 23.6 seconds remaining in regulation.
Junior winger David Eddy had finished a nice passing play at 13:55 of the third frame to give the visitors a 4-2 cushion, but senior center David Civitarese converted from in close after a Huskies turnover to cut the deficit in half for Colorado College with 2:45 showing on the clock.
The Tigers, who dropped to 13-8-1 overall and 10-6 in the WCHA, also got a second-period power-play goal from junior center Rylan Schwartz after falling behind 3-1. It was the 18th red lighter of the season for Schwartz, who earlier hit the crossbar.
St. Cloud State, now 9-11-4 overall and 6-7-3 in league play, never trailed. Thirteen different Huskies contributed at least a point, with Eddy and sophomore center Nic Dowd each producing a goal and an assist. Garrett Milan and Jared Festler also scored for SCSU, while freshman Faragher finished with 31 saves.
Howe, who kicked out 32 shots at the other end, deserved a better fate after being hung out to dry time and time again - particularly during a shorthanded flurry by the Huskies that produced four golden opportunities just prior to the power-play goal by Schwartz.
"You see five goals on the scoreboard but I thought he played pretty well," Owens said of the junior goaltender. "You get four goals at home and you would like to get at least a point."
Sophomore left wing Jaden Schwartz set up two more to bump his team-leading assists total to 17.