NCHC Snaphot: Colorado College
BoB will be taking a look at the other seven teams in the NCHC over the next few weeks leading up to Miami’s regular season.
We start with Colorado College, which finished last in the conference in 2015-16. The Tigers swept Miami on their home ice Dec. 4-5 but finished 4-19-1 in NCHC play and 6-29-1 overall – a .185 winning percentage.
NCAA TITLES: 2 (1950, 1957).
COACH: Mike Haviland (12-55-4, .197 winning percentage in two seasons).
2015-16 RECORD: 6-29-1 (4-19-1 NCHC, 8th place in the league).
POSTSEASON RESULT: Swept by North Dakota in the first round of the NCHC Tournament.
RINK (capacity): Colorado World Springs Arena, Colorado Springs, Colo. (7,343).
LAST SEASON VS. MIAMI: 2-2.
ALL-TIME SERIES: Miami leads, 7-5-0.
SCHEDULE VS. MIAMI: In Oxford Dec. 9-10.
TOP RETURNING PLAYERS: F Luc Gerdes, F Trey Bradley, D Teemu Kivihalme, G Jacob Nehama, G Derek Shatzer.
KEY NEW FACES: G Alex Leclerc, F Alex Berardenelli.
NOTES: Colorado College has finished seventh, eighth and eighth in the eight-team NCHC in three seasons.
The Tigers scored just 71 goals last season, and the only skater on the 2015-16 team that registered 20 or more points in 2015-16 graduated.
Gerdes is the team’s top returning scorer with 18 points, including seven goals, and Bradley was second on the team in goals (9) and third in points (16).
The defense corps was extremely young last season, as six of the eight blueliners that logged nine or more games were freshmen. The other two were sophomores, including Kivihalme, who tallied three goals and a Tigers-high 12 assists for 15 points.
Goalie Tyler Marble left the program this summer, foregoing his senior season, and Leclerc is one of the favorites to take the reins in net.
Leclerc played in the Alberta Junior Hockey League last season, tying a league high with 31 games and posting a 2.48 goals-against average as his team advanced to that league’s division finals.
It can be difficult to evaluate players coming to the NCAA from Canadian Juniors, and eight members of the Colorado College freshman class played in sub-CHL leagues in 2015-16.
The Tigers still look awfully young and lacking in star power to compete for the upper echelon of the NCHC this season, but good things could be ahead for CC if its young talent develops as is expected in Colorado Springs.