One Goal Short
Colorado College's Cinderella Run Ends in Final
CHN Staff Report
ST. PAUL, Minn. Although visibly emotional after a 3-2 loss to Wisconsin, Colorado College stood tall on Saturday night in St. Paul.
A world of emotions stirred among the seniors, who combined had played 951 games of college hockey. They lived together, ate together, had classes together, and spent countless hours on the ice with one another.
“These are guys that have played a lot of games. They’ve been around for a long time,” said coach Scott Owens. “It’s certainly sad to see them go, but it’s also very gratifying to see them mature as people and players.”
Falling to Wisconsin in the WCHA championship game wasn’t exactly how the Tiger seniors wanted to end their seasons, but knowing they had left everything on the ice made skating off just a little bit easier.
Although they were from different areas of the world Rylan Schwarts, Scott Winkler, William Rapuzzi, Andrew Hamburg, Mike Boivin, Joe Marciano and Joe Howe all were able to get along, providing a unique set of personalities to lead the team.
“All our guys are great,” said Schwartz about his senior peers. “We’re always hanging out together; we’re never really apart.”
The seniors put together some of the best statistics that Colorado College has seen in recent years, tallying over half of Colorado College’s goals this season.
During the year, the Tigers were pressed with difficult times. It would have been easy to call it quits, but the Tigers seniors were battle tested.
“We knew we had a tough regular season but we knew playoffs were a new thing, said Rapuzzi after the game. “I think everyone left it out there and I’m really proud of them.”
This group of men was special to Owens. He had watched them develop friendships over the years, resulting in great chemistry on the ice.
“Through all the trial and tribulation; whether they were in trouble or not in trouble, or whether they were excelling in school it’s been like that the whole way through,” said Owens of their support for one another. “So it’s going to be sad to see them go.”