Monday, October 4, 2010

Varsity Men's Hockey Loses Home Opener

BOULDER (10/2/10) - The University of Colorado hockey team scored early in their home opener but the Buffaloes couldn't find the back of the net late as the Utah State Aggies won 5-4 in overtime on Saturday at the CU Ice Arena.

Colorado's record drops to 1-1 on the season while Utah State remains undefeated at 7-0.

Sophomore Jordan Lockner led the Buffs with one goal and one assist in the contest while Charlie Coleman, Andy Neitenbach and Mark Viau also scored for CU.

Senior goaltender Kevin Litinsky ended up with the loss, dropping his overall record to 1-1. Litinsky stopped 43 of USU's 48 shots in the game.

On the other side of the ice, Aggie goalie Bryce Scherschel faced 46 CU shots and stopped 42 of them.

It didn't take long for CU to get on the board with Coleman scoring nearly three minutes into the game. However USU tied the contest in the middle of the first period with a goal by Joel Basson and then took a 3-1 lead with two goals in the second from Jason Moore and Matt Ferris.

Colorado began their comeback with a goal by Neitenbach with 7:34 remaining in the second period to cut the USU lead down to one. Viau then tied the game at three with an early goal in the third.

The Buffs retook the lead after Lockner scored with 7:11 remaining, but USU's Dave Wyman scored 56 seconds later to retie the contest and force overtime.

Billy Gouthro scored the game winner for the Aggies with 3:52 left in overtime to give Utah State the 5-4 victory.

CU will face USU one more time this season at the Beehive showcase on Nov. 18 in Logan, Utah.

Next up for the Buffs is the Metro State Roadrunners on Saturday Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. The game will be played at Big Bear Ice Arena in Denver.

Colorado will return home to the CU Ice Arena on Oct. 15-16 where they'll face Denver and Weber State.

Scoring Summary
First Period
2:59 CU Charlie Coleman, unassisted
10:55 USU Joel Basson, assist by Seth Armitage
Second Period
7:47 USU Jason Moore, assist by Matt Hamilton
10:45 USU Matt Ferris, assists by Kent Arsenault and Billy Gouthro
12:26 CU Andy Neitenbach, assists by Conor Williams and J.P. Park
Third Period
3:22 CU Mark Viau, assists by Alex Lencioni and Jordan Lockner
12:49 CU Jordan Lockner, unassisted
13:45 USU Dave Wyman, assists by Joel Basson and Brendan MacDonald
1:08 USU Billy Gouthro, unassisted

USU - 48
CU - 46

Three Stars of the Game
1. USU Billy Gouthro - Game winning goal and one assist
2. CU Kevin Litinsky - 43 saves
3. USU Bryce Scherschel - 42 saves