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NCAA Frozen Four Semifinals Preview: Colorado College

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


NCAA Frozen Four Semifinals (Columbus, OH)
COLORADO COLLEGE vs. DENVER PREVIEW

Colorado College Preview/Game Info >>

#1 Colorado College (Joey Crabb) vs. # 1 Denver - 2:00 PM ET
 Colorado College, which has advanced to the Frozen Four for the first time in eight seasons, continues the quest for its first national championship since 1957.
 CC has competed in the semifinals on eight previous occasions during the program's storied history.
 Colorado College has reached the national championship game five times - in 1950, 1952, 1955, 1957 and 1996 - winning NCAA titles in 1950 and 1957 - and was eliminated in the semifinals in 1948, 1949 and 1997.
 The Tigers are 2-3 against Denver, which beat them (1-0) in the league's playoff championship game on March 19
 They never have met DU before in the NCAA tournament, where they are 0-2 against both the Gophers and Fighting Sioux. CC lost to Minnesota (5-2) in the 1995 and 2002 quarterfinals and to UND in the 1997 semifinals (6-2) and 2001 quarterfinals (2-1).
 This year's NCAA semifinal marks a record-tying sixth meeting of the season between Colorado College and Denver, which tangled for the first time more than half a century ago - on Jan. 6, 1949.
 The Pioneers own a 147-99-8 all-time advantage, including a 10-8 edge in the WCHA playoffs. But, despite suffering the 1-0 loss in St. Paul, Minn., on March 26, the Tigers have won seven of 10 post-season outings with DU since 1987, having swept three consecutive first-found WCHA series during the span.
 Colorado College's 31 victories so far in 2004-05 represents its second highest total ever in a season.
 McElhinney is 7-3 in 10 all-time starts against Denver, with a 1.70 goals-against average and .944 saves percentage. He's 2-1 vs. the Pioneers this season, with a 0.67 GAA and .980 saves ratio
 The recent game-tying goal against Michigan was Crabb's career-best 16th tally of the season. Eleven of them have come on the power play. With 31 points, third highest total on the team, Crabb is one of eight CC players to record at least 20 to date in 2004-05
 Crabb has appeared in two games during the NCAA Tournament, scoring three points (one goal, two assists).
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