Monday, January 30, 2012

CU Men's Varisty Hockey Scores Four Power Play Goals to Hold Off Rallying UNC Bears

GREELEY, Colo. (01/27/2012) – The No. 4 University of Colorado men’s 
Division II ice hockey team used four power play goals and 
held off a late Northern Colorado rally for the 6-4 victory on 
Friday night at the Greeley Ice Haus.

“Our power play pulled through,” said CU captain Alex 
Lencioni, who scored twice in the game – both times on the man 
advantage. “We had a lot of power play goals tonight and I was 
pretty impressed with our special teams. It helped us get the 

The Buffaloes finished 4-for-9 on the power play while not 
allowing any goals on the Bears’ 10 chances with the extra 

“I was proud of the team and how we held UNC scoreless on the 
power play,” Lencioni said. “We had a lot of penalty kills and 
that shows the character of our team.”

Chase Komatz and Sam Kinney each had a goal and an assist in 
the contest, while Reilly O’Brien and J.P. Park also scored 
for CU.  Charlie Coleman and Cody Glickman both finished with 
two assist nights, and goaltender Alex Pomerleau made 23 saves 
on 27 shots in the victory, improving his season record to 5-

The Buffs opened the scoring with two goals in the first five 
minutes of the game – the first by O’Brien just 34 seconds in, 
and the second by Lencioni at 4:54 of the period.

Brandon Pougnet cut Colorado’s lead in half with a wrist shot 
over Pomerleau’s left shoulder midway through the opening 
stanza, but Lencioni returned the Buffs’ advantage back to two 
with a goal three minutes later.

Komatz pushed the CU lead to three after a great individual 
effort with 11:12 left in the second period. With the puck in 
the Northern Colorado left corner, Komatz stole the puck, 
broke past two Bears defensemen in front of the net and 
wrapped it past goaltender Brian Van Dyke for the score. The 
goal was Komatz’s 16th of the season and marks the 12th 
straight game in which he has found the back of the net at 
least once.

UNC forward Jake Kleiner made the score 4-2 after 40 minutes 
with a late goal in the middle stanza.

Kinney picked up his third tally of the season on the power 
play 4:22 into the third before Ryan Meyer scored twice for 
the Bears, cutting the CU lead to one with 4:47 to play.

Following Meyer’s second goal, Colorado coach Shawn Sullivan 
called a timeout to refocus his squad and it worked with Park 
scoring 33 seconds later to give the Buffs some insurance.

Pomerleau and the CU defense held strong in the final minutes 
to secure the Buffaloes 12th win in their last 13 contests and 
sweep the four-game season series with the Bears. Colorado’s 
record improves to 19-6-0-1 on the season while Northern 
Colorado loses their 14th game in a row, dropping their mark 
to 3-18-0-1.

The Buffs will look to go for win No. 20 of their 2011-12 
campaign tonight (Saturday) at 7:30 p.m. when they host 
Lindenwood University (ranked No. 4 in the ACHA Central 
Division) at the CU Ice Arena. Colorado will play a home-and-
home series with No. 3 Colorado State next weekend, beginning 
on Friday in Fort Collins and concluding on Saturday in 

Admission to all Division II games at the CU Ice Arena is $5 
for the general public and $3 for students with a Buff 

A live video broadcast of the Colorado-Lindenwood game will 
available on the CU Buffs Hockey Network at

Scoring Summary
First Period
19:24 CU – Reilly O’Brien, assisted by Chase Komatz and 
Charlie Coleman
15:06 CU – Alex Lencioni, assisted by Cody Glickman and Brian 
Kelly – PP
        10:19 UNC – Brandon Pougnet, unassisted
7:23 CU – Alex Lencioni, assisted by Cody Glickman and Jase 
Richardson – PP
Second Period
11:12 CU – Chase Komatz, assisted by Sam Blass and Charlie 
        3:24 UNC – Jake Kleiner, assisted by Jake Reiner – SH
Third Period
15:38 CU – Sam Kinney, unassisted – PP
        12:00 UNC – Ryan Meyer, assisted by Corbin Fitzgibbons 
and Matt Gebing
        4:47 UNC – Ryan Meyer, unassisted
4:14 CU – J.P. Park, assisted by Sam Kinney and Bill Haege

Shots on Goal
CU – 31
UNC – 27

Power Play Chances
CU: 4-for-9
UNC: 0-for-10