ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Chris Kawano wouldn’t mind putting his 1.000 career save percentage on the line. He just needs Colorado College coach Scott Owens to give him a chance. Kawano, a junior, has appeared in three games the past three seasons as the Tigers’ third-string goaltender. In the season opener, Kawano replaced junior Matt Zaba for the final 17 minutes of CC’s 6-1 win over Union College. He replaced freshman Drew O’Connell on Oct. 22 for the third period of a 6-3 victory against Air Force. Owens said Kawano is “deserving” of a start. But Kawano knows better than to hold his breath. “It gets disappointing,” Kawano said about his lack of playing time. “There’s really not much I can do. It’s all up to the coaches, so I just go out and do my best, and try not to complain.” Kawano said he learns from watching Zaba, who has started 17 of 21 games. He has tried to challenge shooters and stay on his feet more during practice, making him less susceptible to high shots. Zaba maintains Kawano’s determination could pay off down the road. “He has a really good work ethic,” Zaba said. “He’s always coming to practice and working toward his opportunity. It’s just probably a matter of time.” Said Owens: “He has improved beyond what our initial expectations were. I’ve told him he’s not out of the mix.” Kawano came to CC after he helped lead the Dallas Stars midget AAA team to a thirdplace national finish. He also played for the Westminsterbased Hyland Hills Jaguars and the Colorado Springsbased Pikes Peak Miners after he spent his freshman and sophomore years at Centennial’s Eaglecrest High School. Kawano’s parents, Ray and Cathy, and his older sister, Sarah, are CC graduates. Kawano expects to finish his bachelor’s degree in sociology in May 2007. Slap shots Left wing J.P. Brunkhorst and defenseman Cody Lampl were healthy scratches Friday. . . . Former CC forward Alex Kim has seven goals and six assists in nine games with the San Diego Gulls of the East Coast Hockey League.
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