ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Move over Jeff Sauer. Step aside Don Lucia. Scott Owens is Colorado College’s all-time winningest coach. Left wing Aaron Slattengren scored the game-winner on the power play with 12 minutes left and Owens recorded his school-record 167th win as CC’s coach Friday as the No. 7 Tigers rallied to beat Alaska Anchorage 5-4 before 3,030 at Sullivan Arena. The wins record is significant to Owens, who played for Sauer for four years at CC and replaced Lucia after the 1998-99 season. Owens also spent the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons under Lucia as CC’s recruiting coordinator. The Tigers (14-6-1, 8-4-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) remained in third place in the WCHA but pulled within seven points of first-place Wisconsin and one point of second-place Minnesota. They can overtake No. 4 Minnesota in tonight’s series finale against Alaska Anchorage (5-11-1, 3-9-1). No. 1 Wisconsin beat the U.S. National Team Development Program under-18 team 6-5 in an exhibition Friday. Minnesota is idle this weekend. Center Marty Sertich set up Slattengren’s game-winner with a pass from behind the net that sailed between defenseman Luke Beaverson’s legs. Slattengren beat goaltender Nathan Lawson (3-7-1) to the left post. “I knew the goalie was on the other side of the net,” said Slattengren, who has four goals in the past three games. “I just tried to put it there, and somehow it went in.” Sertich figured Slattengren had a chance when he saw Lawson slide across the crease. “Once he committed to the (right) side, I threw it out in front, hoping for good things,” Sertich said. Owens admitted his 167th win might not have turned many heads. “It wasn’t a very pretty game, but it was a gritty effort,” Owens said. “We played with a lot of heart and passion. Guys worked their butts off.” Goaltender Matt Zaba (12-5-1) earned the win after he replaced freshman Drew O’Connell at the start of the third period. O’Connell, who was born and raised in Anchorage, allowed three goals on 10 shots in the first two periods. The game was tied 3-3 after two periods. Left wing Ales Parez beat Zaba to the left post 23 seconds into the third period, giving Alaska Anchorage a 4-3 lead. Center Trevor Frischmon scored the equalizer less than two minutes later on a lunging shot that trickled inside the left post. The Seawolves grabbed a 3-2 lead with less than two minutes left in the second period when right wing Eric Walsky scored a power-play goal after right wing Joey Crabb was ejected for a checking-from-behind major penalty. Slattengren helped CC tie the game with a short-handed goal with 28 seconds remaining in the second period. Left wing Brett Sterling put CC ahead 2-1 less than five minutes into the second period with his nation-leading 19th goal. Right wing Justin Johnson had a short-handed goal midway through the second period, enabling Alaska Anchorage to tie the game. Right wing Jimmy Kilpatrick’s goal 41 seconds into the game gave CC a 1-0 lead. Alaska Anchorage drew even three minutes later when Shea Hamilton scored from the high slot on one of the Seawolves’ two shots in the period. CONTACT THE WRITER: 636-0256 or email@example.com
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