Friday, February 28, 2014

Mavs Burn Colorado College 6-0

It only took 11 seconds for UNO to prove that Wednesday's dorm fire wasn't going to be a distraction. That was how long it took for freshman Austin Ortega to score the game winning goal. Ortega's goal was originally credited to senior Ryan Walters, but was changed after the game. Good deal, as Ortega was one of the Mavs who lost his dorm room and likely much of his stuff this week.

Two minutes later, Brock Montpetit scored a short-handed goal, followed quickly by freshman Jake Guentzel (another fire victim) to chase Colorado College goalie Josh Thorimbert to the bench. Four shots, three goals... And the rout was on.

Only drama from then on was Josh Archibald scoring his 27th and 28th goals of the season. The last broke Bill Thomas' school record of 27 set in 2005-06. It was strange that there wasn't a PA announcement of Archibald's accomplishment, but maybe that was intentional.

UNO was clearly motivated tonight. But will they have enough in the tank for the Saturday night game? It's been a long week, and Colorado College will be out to make amends for being embarrassed in the first game. A win could virtually lock up home ice in the playoffs, which is something the Mavs haven't been able to do the last couple of years.

It would really be nice to clear that up this weekend.

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