Nov 102003
 
Authors: Justin Goldman

Friday night was sweet but short-lived revenge for CSU’s club

hockey team head coach Dave Delozier.

The Rams played their best game of the season in a 5-4

come-from-behind victory in which Delozier faced the University of

Colorado Buffaloes, the team he helped coach to the ACHA National

Championship last season.

With the help of blueliners Dan Powell and Brian Dillon, each

with a pair of goals, and with goaltender Logan Huffman making

tremendous saves at key times, Delozier got his first win against

his former team.

“Four of our five goals were by defensemen,” team president and

forward Josh McIntosh said. “They were just blasts from the point,

with traffic in front for deflections.”

But Saturday the Rams were silenced at home by the Buffaloes. A

goaltending miscommunication broke a 1-1 tie and questionable calls

led to three unanswered goals in the second period.

Huffman replaced Rams’ goalie Jared Hiller at the halfway point

to try and spark another comeback, but the Rams could not get by

the goaltending of CU backup Greg Lindquist, who made 24 saves to

push the Buffs to a 7-4 win. The Rams still have a West

Division-leading record of 13-2.

Buffaloes forward Mike Paszczak was first to comment on the play

of the team’s backup goaltender.

“This was such a key win, it was big to split the series for

sure,” Paszczak said. “(Lindquist) is our backup, but he stepped up

huge tonight for us.”

McIntosh concurred.

“Lindquist just stole the show in the first period,” he added,

“and that was it.”

Despite out-shooting the Buffs for almost half the game and

despite the excellent skating of Josh Bowers, CSU lost its momentum

on one innocent mistake that swung the game completely into CU’s

hands.

“Josh Bowers is one of the best players I’ve ever seen,”

McIntosh said. “He just makes so much happen.”

After the game Delozier talked about the team’s initial reaction

to losing on home ice.

“I think the guys are disappointed with the loss and

disappointed in themselves,” he said. “I think we have one of the

best teams in the country but we have to play three periods and our

hockey for 60 minutes.”

Nevertheless, the team is playing well and starting to get help

from all four lines. Rookie forward Mike Holthuser scored his first

CSU goal.

“It’s my rookie year and scoring my first goal against our

rivals totally pumped me up,” he said.

Delozier summed up his weekend during a post-game interview

saying, “it was good to see them, but it was better to see them

yesterday.”

 

 

 

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