For the fourth time this season, a lead of the third period against St. Cloud State has not held up. This one hurts the most.
Colorado College took a 4-2 lead in the last period, but dropped it in the last four minutes and sank 5-4 in the first overtime, Saturday, against the best Huskies .
Grant Cruikshank had two power-play goals, Kristian Blumenschein added a goal and an assist and Alex Leclerc tied the season's record with 43 saves as the Tigers returned from Minnesota with one point on Friday.
Coach Mike Haviland told KRDO after the match it was a "heartbreaking loss".
"It's hard to swallow," he said. "We did everything I thought I could do in the first 40 minutes. We have weathered the storm … we just have to find a way to finish the matches. "
The Huskies scored at 1:50 interval in the first period. The second was sanctioned by an assistant penalty against the Tigers, but CC limited the damage with decisive attacks back to back and Cruikshank gave the visitors life 37 seconds before the end of the first period.
Colorado College scored three times on four shots in five minutes of the second period to take a 4-2 lead and pursue David Hrenak (9 saves). First, Blumenschein buried a Mason Bergh centering card. Cruikshank scored his second of the match, then Blumenschein created Trevor Gooch for his 10th of the season.
Gooch's goal led Jeff Smith, who made 11 saves.
The first defeat of St. Cloud's home season seemed imminent. The Tigers, rarely penalized (11-14-3, 5-9-2 National University Hockey Conference), lost a man six times, but that's not what cost them.
Nick Perbix and Patrick Newell scored at 56 seconds on each other at a 4 – in – 4 in the final minutes of the third period.
Newell scored his second goal with 1:07 overtime to seal the win. He finished the night with four points.