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Dec. 30, 2004

Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Colorado College scored two goals in the last 3:46 of the third period to come back and beat Miami, 4-3, Wednesday in the Ohio Hockey Classic in Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Junior Brett Sterling scored the gamewinning goal with just 51 seconds remaining in regulation.

The matchups for day two of the tournament were predetermined. The Tigers improve to 16-3 on the year and Miami falls to 7-10-2. CC will face Ohio State at 8:05 p.m. Thursday in Nationwide Arena and the RedHawks will take on Minnesota State. Ohio State beat Minnesota State, 5-1, in the first game of the tournament.

In the first period, Miami took a 2-0 lead on two goals by Nathan Davis. Davis scored an unassisted shorthanded goal at 2:59 and then added a power-play tally, with assists from Andy Greene and Matt Christie, at 7:22. The Tigers got on the board at 12:58 when Jimmy Kilpatrick scored a power-play goal of his own, set up by Trevor Frischmon. Miami outshot the Tigers in the period, 13-11.

Colorado College tied the game at two when Marty Sertich scored at 2:24 of the second period with the teams skating 4-on-4. Todd Grant regained the RedHawks’ one-goal lead when he scored on the power play, set up by Christie and goalie Brandon Crawford-West. Miami had 12 shots on goal in the period, while CC had 10.

The teams were scoreless in the third period until Scott Thauwald tied the game at three with a goal at 6:14. Sterling then scored the gamewinner with just 51 seconds left with the teams skating four aside. Mark Staurt and Marty Sertich had the helpers on the gamewinner. The Tigers outshot the RedHawks in the period, 14-5. Miami pulled Crawford-West with 45 seconds remaining for the extra attacker, but could not get the equalizer.

Miami was 2-for-10 on the power play in the game and Colorado College scored once on seven chances. CC goalie Curtis McElhinney made 27 saves on 30 Miami shots in the win. Crawford-West had 31 stops in 59:15 in net.

Miami head coach Enrico Blasi
On Miami’s performance
“This was really the first game we had everybody back (from injury) since October. Right now things are not going well and this will happen from time to time. We just have to find ways to win. I do think we played well tonight. It is a matter of continuing to get better and finding team chemistry and our identity in the next couple of weeks.”

On Colorado College’s performance
“They are the No. 2 team in the nation for a reason. I have to give them a lot of credit. They find ways to score and they find ways to win.”

Colorado College head coach Scott Owens
On the game
“We were a little slow. Miami’s Nathan Davis kid was zipping around and on power plays they were good. If they had scored again earlier in the game I don’t think we could have come back. We had heard they were good, especially now that they had some players back.”

On the game against Ohio State Thursday
“If that was the number 11 team in the conference, I don’t want to see the No. 2 team.”

Junior defender Mark Stuart
On the game
“It was tough to find a flow. Time off was a little bit of the problem, but they were overworking us and we weren’t adjusting. We’re a quick team, too, but we just didn’t adjust quick enough.”

Junior forward Brett Sterling
On changes to be made for the game vs. Ohio State
“We’ll have to work hard tomorrow. I don’t think we had the legs tonight and our power play wasn’t clicking like we would have liked. We had the heart to win in the third, though, and I think that will help tomorrow.”