Friday, October 24, 2008

from CC Athletics

Top-ranked Colorado College remains undefeated but can't exactly be thrilled with its latest result.

Playing on the road for the first time this season, the Tigers settled for a 1-1 tie with Clarkson University on Friday at sold-out Cheel Arena in Potsdam, N.Y.

CC, now 4-0-1, dominated statistically, out-shooting the Knights by a 34-23 margin and winning 50 of the game’s 80 faceoffs. But, other than a power-play goal by senior center Chad Rau that knotted the contest at 14:25 of the second period, the visitors were unable to dent freshman goaltender Paul Karpowich.

Rau scored his fourth goal of the season after pouncing on a loose puck in the slot. The tally, set up by freshman defenseman Gabe Guentzel and senior right wing Eric Walsky, extended Rau’s point-scoring streak to five games and improved his season total to nine.

Clarkson grabbed the lead at 5:54 of the middle frame, when Lauri Tuohimaa one-timed Brandon DeFazio’s centering pass from behind the net past Tiger goalie Richard Bachman, who had no chance to stop the shot. Scott Freeman also drew an assist.

It was the first goal that Bachman has allowed in three Friday-night appearances so far this season.

The Tigers, who finished 1-for-7 on the power play, got their final one during the five-minute overtime but could not capitalize. They killed all five Clarkson power plays in the game and still have not allowed a PPG in 33 opponent chances in five outings to date.