OMAHA, Neb. -- Jordan Slavin was one of the best defensemen in the history of the UND women's hockey program.
Jaccob Slavin was an all-National Collegiate Hockey Conference defenseman who now serves as an alternate captain for the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes.
It's starting to look like the forward in the family is going to be pretty good, too.
Josiah Slavin added two more points in Colorado College's 4-1 win over Miami on Tuesday night in the NCHC Pod at Baxter Arena and is starting to emerge as an elite power forward in the league.
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound sophomore from Erie, Colo., now has six points in five games for the Tigers. He tallied 13 points in 34 games as a freshman last season.
"He came back and he just has confidence," Colorado College coach Mike Haviland said. "He's in tremendous shape. He was last year, too, but I think his confidence (has grown). This is a young man -- look at his U16 and USHL -- who has gotten better and better every year. He has more confidence with the puck. He's hanging onto it more and more.
"I think that first year usually for a lot of guys coming into this conference, it's a jump. His confidence is there. He believes in himself and I certainly believe in him. He's played really well for us and we need him. We need him to be a leader and a guy we can count on."
Slavin, a seventh-round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks, has taken off in the last two games.
After a 6-1 loss to Omaha and a 5-2 loss to Western Michigan, Haviland moved Slavin from left wing to center and paired him with Tiger captain Grant Cruikshank. Since that move, Colorado College is 2-0 and has outscored its opponents, No. 3 Minnesota Duluth and unranked Miami, by a total of 8-2.
Slavin had a goal against the Bulldogs and two assists against the RedHawks. He also went 11-4 in faceoffs against Miami.
"He's a really strong young man," Haviland said about moving Slavin to center. "We're trying to give him versatility in his game to play in the middle or to play on the wing. He's super smart in the game within systems. I think, down low, he's nice and big for us on both ends of the rink. That was my thinking when I put him in the middle."
Cruikshank had one point in the team's first three games. He has four points in two games since being on a line with Slavin and Patrick Cozzi, a sophomore who buried a Slavin feed for his first-career goal Tuesday night.
"It's been great; the chemistry is there between us," Slavin said of his line. "I think we're just such a hard-working line. We forecheck really hard. We create turnovers and it leads to offensive zone time. I think that's why we've been having success as a line."
Miami coach Chris Bergeron saw the impact Slavin's line had when watching video of the Colorado College-Minnesota Duluth game on his pre-scout. Then, he saw that line replicate that performance Tuesday.
"Slavin's just a good player," Bergeron said. "Big body. Plays hard. Seems to be on the right side of things all the time."
Tuesday's Tigers-RedHawks game was scoreless after two periods, but the big line broke through twice in the span of 2 minutes, 5 seconds in the third. The first goal came on a nice passing play from Cruikshank to Slavin to Nicklas Andrews to Cruikshank for the finish at 6:55. Then, Slavin stole the puck from a RedHawk behind the net and fed Cozzi, who was alone in front.
"It was probably our night in a nutshell," Bergeron said. "Just not good enough with the puck, again, and not defending at a high enough level to take care of their top players."