Hot Colorado College team looks to knock off SCSU in NCHC Frozen Faceoff semis

Madison Golden and Mick Hatten of The Rink Live preview Saturday's NCHC Frozen Faceoff championship game between Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State

By Mick Hatten

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Colorado College came the closest of any opponent to beating St. Cloud State this season at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. And the Tigers nearly did it on back-to-back nights.

The Tigers (17-18-4) play the top-ranked Huskies (29-4-3) at 4:08 p.m. Friday, March 22, at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., in the semifinals of the NCHC Frozen Faceoff. The winner plays the winner of the other semifinals game between No. 4 Minnesota Duluth (23-11-2) and No. 6 Denver (21-10-5), which will be played at 7:38 p.m. Friday.

On Saturday, March, 23, the third-place game will be played at 3:38 p.m. and the championship game is scheduled to be played at 7:38 p.m. The semifinals and championship games will be on CBS Sports Network.

The Huskies, who have won nine straight and are 11-0-1 in their last 12 games, advanced to the Frozen Faceoff with a series sweep of Miami at the Brooks Center. Colorado College, which is 6-2 in its last eight games, beat Western Michigan 3-2 in Game 3 of its best-of-three series Monday in Kalamazoo, Mich.

4 previous meetings

St. Cloud State and Colorado College met four times during the regular season. The Huskies came from behind to sweep both games of a series on Nov. 2-3 in Colorado Springs (5-3 and 2-1). The Tigers led the Huskies in the third period of both games of the Feb. 8-9 series at the Brooks Center. Colorado College and the St. Cloud State tied 2-2 in the opener, then earned an extra point in the 3-on-3 overtime. St. Cloud State trailed 4-2 on Feb. 9, but scored twice in the last 4:51 of regulation to send the game into overtime. Huskies senior Patrick Newell gave the Huskies a 5-4 win with a goal at 3:53 of overtime.

St. Cloud State was 3-for-15 on the power play in the four games against Colorado College, including going 0-for-8 in the series in St. Cloud. The Tigers were 4-for-17 on the power play in the four games.

Mick Hatten can be reached at mhatten@forumcomm.com. Follow @MickHatten on Twitter, Instagram.

 

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