It seems like we say this every year, but Colorado College should be much more competitive in 2022-23.

The good: Everyone that recorded 13 or more points for the Tigers last season is returning. The bad: Only seven skaters on last year’s team even met that threshold.

CC, which finished 50th in the NCAA in scoring in 2021-22, averaging just 2.19 goals per game, adds four quality freshman forwards and an intriguing goaltender to compete with Matt Vernon between the pipes.

View From the Glass takes a look at Colorado College in Part I of its NCHC Snapshot series:

NCAA TITLES: 2 (1950, 1957).

COACH: Kris Mayotte (second season, 9-24-3).

2021-22 RECORD: 9-24-3.

RINK: Ed Robson Arena, Colorado Springs, Colo. (3,376).

MIAMI VS. COLO. COLLEGE IN 2021-22: 0-4.

ALL-TIME SERIES: Colorado College leads, 17-10-3.

SCHEDULE VS. MIAMI: At Miami – Nov. 11-12.

TOP RETURNING PLAYERS: D Bryan Yoon, G Matt Vernon, F Hunter McKown, F Stan Cooley, F Logan Will, D Nicklas Andrews.

KEY NEW FACES: F Ryan Beck, D Ethan Straky, F Noah Laba, F Gleb Veremyev, G Kaidan Mberko.

KEY LOSSES: F Brian Hawkinson, G Dominic Basse.

NOTES: Quite simply, the Tigers need to put the puck in the net more this season.

Hunter McKown was the only Colorado College skater to record at least 20 points last season, and he led the team in goals and points, going 13-8-21.

Logan Will, Stan Cooley and Matthew Gleason all return as well after tallying 18, 18 and 16 points, respectively. Two of the three are juniors – as is McKown – and Cooley is a sophomore.

The Tigers are adding three offensive weapons from juniors in Ryan Beck, Noah Laba and Gleb Veremyev. Beck finished third in assists on Dubuque, and Laba and Gleb combined for 31 goals with Lincoln.

On defense, Colorado College is led by graduate senior Bryan Yoon, who has logged 130 games. Nicklas Andrews led the team in defenseman points with 15, including four goals.

Matt Vernon, son of former NHL standout goalie Mike Vernon, finished with a .908 save percentage in a part-time role. Now he will compete for ice time with Kaidan Mberko, one of the more interesting stories in college hockey.

Mberko, whose father was a pro rugby player for Zimbabwe, backstopped the U.S. Under-20 team in Edmonton earlier this month. He played 35 games for Lincoln in 2021-22.

Colorado College swept Miami in Oxford, and the Tigers won twice in Colorado Springs as well, with both of those games being decided in overtime. For the season, the RedHawks were outscored, 7-1 in the third period and overtime by CC.

Miami hasn’t beaten Colorado College since Jan. 10, 2020. Fortunately for the RedHawks, they will not play the Tigers at altitude this season – CC is the lone NCHC team Miami will not face on the road.

Despite the lobsided head-to-head record, Colorado College only edged out Miami by one point in the NCHC standings.

Like Miami, CC lost a coach late in the off-season in former NHL defenseman Mark Stuart. Last week the school hired Niagara assistant John Lidgett to the same position.

Lidgett joins a staff headed by second-year head coach Kris Mayotte. Mayotte, a Division I assistant for St. Lawrence, Providence and Michigan the past nine seasons, won nine games last season, his first in that position.

The Tigers’ other assistant is Peter Mannino, who joined Miami staff as an associate in 2018-19, but the entire RedHawks staff was let go following that campaign.

An excellent recruiter, Mannino is an up-and-coming coach that should continue to drive talent to Colorado College.

The Tigers have never finished in the top half of the league standings in the NCHC’s nine-year existence, but with a roster loaded with experienced players and a handful of high-caliber incoming freshmen playing at one-year-old state-of-the-art Ed Robson Arena, Colorado College may have its best chance at hosting a tournament series yet.


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