Dec. 30, 2009

Courtesy CCTigers.com

Playing for the first time in 17 days, third-ranked Colorado College shook off the cobwebs and resumed business as usual away from home on Tuesday.

The Tigers, fueled by a pair of goals by junior winger Stephen Schultz, skated to an impressive 4-2 victory over No. 4-ranked Cornell University in the opening round of the Florida College Hockey Classic at Germain Arena in Estero, Fla.

The triumph kept them undefeated on the road this season, at 5-0-3, and vaulted them into Wednesday's tournament championship game against the University of Maine, which won a post-overtime shootout against Princeton in Tuesday's earlier matchup to advance after the teams officially skated to a 6-6 tie.

CC, now 12-4-3 overall for the season and 4-1 in non-conference play, also extended its current unbeaten streak to four games (2-0-2).

Schultz lit the lamp early and late against the Big Red, clicking during a five-on-three power play just 2:18 after the opening faceoff then adding a big insurance tally with a rising slap shot from the slot with 7:13 left in the contest.

The Tigers also got second-period goals from senior right wing Mike Testwuide and sophomore left wing Tim Hall, with Testwuide cashing in on another power play at 1:09 and Hall striking for the game winner at 7:56.

Despite out-shooting Cornell by a 21-3 margin in that middle frame, however, CC headed into the final 20 minutes clinging to just a 3-2 lead until Schultz took a pass from David Civitarese and beat Big Red goaltender Ben Scrivens high on the glove side. The assist was the second of the night for Civitarese, as he and senior defenseman Nate Prosser each helped set up two goals. Hall also assisted on Testwuide's red lighter.

Freshman goalie Joe Howe made 19 of his 25 saves in the final frame to shut the door on a huge, physical Cornell squad that took 11 minor penalties in the game compared to Colorado College's nine. Greg Miller and Colin Greening were the only opposing players able to solve Howe, both scoring in the second stanza. Scrivens made 19 of his 31 stops in that period to keep things close.