Saturday, November 5, 2011

Buffs Unable to Complete Comeback Against CSU

DENVER (11/5/11) – The University of Colorado Buffaloes Division II men’s ice hockey team fell 5-4 to the Colorado State Rams Saturday night at the Pepsi Center in the third annual Rocky Mountain Center Ice Showdown.

Jordan Lockner, J.P Park and Brennan Stieneker all scored for CU while Alex Leniconi, Billy Haege, Zach Lass and Lockner all picked up assists.

The Rams were able to take control of the first period by capitalizing on two power play opportunities, ending the first twenty minutes with a two-point lead over the Buffs.

The Rams continued their offensive domination over Colorado in the second period when they scored two additional goals, increasing their lead over the Buffs to 4-2. Colorado’s offense was able to find some life late into the second stanza when Lockner capitalized on a power play and scored the first goal of the evening. With 4:27 remaining in the period, while playing short-handed, Park was able to find the back of the cage for the Buffs.

Colorado State regained momentum with a quick goal in the third stanza to extend their lead, but the Buffaloes were not done yet. Colorado’s offense continued to put pressure on the Rams and were able to tighten CSU’s lead to 5-4 with goals by Stieneker and Park. Park picked up his second goal of the contest. 

The Buffaloes were unable to complete the comeback and fell to the Rams for the second consecutive year, dropping their record to 5-4-0-1 on the season.

“We just needed to stay out of the box, we took too many penalties that they were able to capitalize on,” said center Billy Haege. “We need to take more shots and hustle in front of the net if we want to win games like this.”

“If we had another 10 minutes in that period, that game would have been ours,” said assistant coach Jon Pfeiff. “We told them in the locker room that we need to play the full 60 minutes.”

Next up the Buffs will head to Arizona to face three regional rivals. First, they will compete against the University of Arizona Wildcats at the Tucson Convention Center at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 11. Next, they will play the University of Northern Arizona Lumberjacks on Nov. 12 at 6:00 p.m. at Oceanside Ice Arena in Tempe. Colorado will then end the weekend against Arizona State University on Nov. 13 at Oceanside Ice Arena at 1 p.m.

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Scoring Summary
First Period
            6:43 CSU Austen Burgh, assisted by Paul Jenkins and Kollin Vandersluis -PP
            4:06 CSU Parker Harrison, assisted by Kollin Vondersluis and Austen Burgh -PP
Second Period
11:54 CSU Adrian Olson, assisted by Jackson Dorsey and Paul Jenkins     
            8:54 CSU Brandon Hicks, assisted by Jackson Dosey
6:22 CU Jordan Lockner, assisted by Zach Lass and Alex Lencioni -PP
4:27 CU J.P Park, assisted by Billy Haege –SH
Third Period
18:41 CSU Brendon McCarthy, assisted by Brandon Hicks
16:06 CU Brennen Stieneker, assisted by Alex Leniconi and Zach Lass
14:42 CU J.P Park, assisted by Billy Haege and Jordan Lockner
First Period
            15:02 CSU Paul Jenkins- Tripping
6:57 CU Jordan Lockner- Tripping
4:15 CU Jeff Palmer- Tripping
            3:51 CSU Zac Novak Crossing Checking
Second Period
            18:45 CSU Paul Jenkins- Hooking
14:31 CU J.P Park- Elbowing
10:55 CU Jeff Palmer
            7:31 CSU Paul Jenkins
5:38 CU Nick Carey- High Sticking
            2:39 CSU Adrian Olson- Holding
:51 CU Billy Haege- Holding
Third Period
12:00 CU Jordan Lockner- Unsportsmanlike Conduct
12:00 CSU Brendon McCarthy- Slashing
            8:00 CSU Bryan Brunton- Cross Checking
            3:53 CSU Bryan Brunton- Interference
:47 CU Jordan Lockner- Boarding
Shots on Goal:
                                    1st                    2nd                  3rd                   OT                   Total
Colorado State                        11                    9                      8                      --                      28
Colorado                     15                    12                    16                    --                      43
Power Plays:
Colorado State: 2-of-7
Colorado: 1-of-7