Friday, December 2, 2011

Buffs Take Down Lumberjacks in Emotional Western Classic Opener

BOULDER (12/2/11)– The University of Colorado Division II men’s ice hockey team kicked off the Western Classic on Thursday night at the CU Ice Arena with an aggressive 6-1 victory over Northern Arizona.

J.P Park, David Key, Chase Komatz and Sam Kinney all scored for the Buffaloes leading them to improve their record to 10-5-0-1 on the season and increasing their win streak to four games. Both Park and Komatz had two goals in the evening.

Goalie, Jay Westscott, had 31 saves in his first collegiate start.

The Lumberjacks were able to find the back of the cage first on a power play 11:43 into the game, but the Buffaloes were quick on the counter attack with a goal by Park less than a minute further into the penalty ridden first period.

Colorado began the first period with a 5-3 advantage over the Lumberjacks but were unable to capitalize on the scoring opportunity.

With 5:23 remaining in the second twenty minutes David Key used a bad bounce to fire a shot past the Northern Arizona goalie to give the Buffs their first lead of the game. From there Colorado took control of the contest scoring three additional goals to close out the second period.

The Buffs continued strong defensive play in the third stanza as they held the Lumberjacks offense goalless. Komatz closed out the aggressive game with the final goal.

“A very aggressive game occurred tonight” said head coach Shawn Sullivan, “We need to get some rest and come out ready to play good hockey tomorrow.”

The Buffs will continue their run at the Western Classic tomorrow when they face regional rival the Arizona State Sun Devil’s at 8:30 p.m. On Saturday, the squad will play Washington at 7:30 p.m. and will conclude the weekend against Nevada-Las Vegas on Sunday at 10:15 a.m. All Buffs games will be held at the CU Ice Arena.

Admission for all Division II home games is $3 for students with a Buff One card and $5 for the general public.
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Scoring Summary
First Period
8:13 NAU Goal: Zack Vachris, Assisted by Michael Farnham and Dillon Butenhoff PP
7:28 CU Goal: J.P Park PP
Second Period
5:23 CU Goal: David Key, Assisted by Cody Glickman
4:06 CU Goal: Chase Komatz, Assisted by Nick Carey
3:25 CU Goal: J.P Park, Assisted by Chase Komatz and Alex Dobzanksi
1:01 CU Goal: Sam Kinney, Assisted by Alex Lencioni and Cody Clickman
Third Period
1:18 CU Goal: Chase Komatz, Assisted by Cody Glickman and Zach Lass PP

Shots on Goal:
Northern Arizona – 32
Colorado – 34