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.”
“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
“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
“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