Lisle, IL – Capping off their spring break trip to Chicago, the #1 Colorado State Rams pitched a shutout against #10 Minnesota-Duluth, winning 11-0 on the campus of Benedictine University on a cold and blustery Sunday afternoon. The Rams led 3-0 at the end of the first, 6-0 at halftime and 11-0 at the end of three before holding on for the team’s first shutout since the 2007 national quarterfinals against Arizona State.
The Rams were absolutely dominant on the defensive half, forcing 10 failed clears and 17 other turnovers as the Bulldogs struggled to get anything going all afternoon long. CSU outshot UMD by an astonishing 51-13 margin and scooped up 33 groundballs to 17 for the Bulldogs. With the shutout, CSU has allowed only two goals over the past 75 minutes of game time stretching back to the second quarter of the Michigan State game on Sunday.
While the CSU defense was doing their job on one end of the field, the Rams offense poured on steady pressure throughout the first half on the other. Senior attackman Austin Fisher (Rock Canyon HS / Highlands Ranch, CO) scored twice in the opening frame to help push the Rams out to a 3-0 lead and then tallied again in the second quarter as he wrapped up all four of his points in the opening thirty minutes before playing sparingly in the second half.
Colorado State got the four points out of Fisher, whose three goals and one assist led all scorers. Senior Tim Taggart (Mountain Vista HS / Highlands Ranch, CO) and sophomore Mike Wolff (Don Bosco Prep / Ramsey, NJ) each pitched in with three points while eight other Rams had at least a point as well.
CSU’s defensive effort comes on the heels of holding #11 Michigan State to just three goals on Saturday afternoon, including allowing zero goals in the second half against the Spartans. On Sunday’s game, the Rams found more success at the face-off ‘x’ as senior Dan Warfield (Smoky Hill / Aurora, CO) won seven of eleven draws on the day.
Colorado State goaltenders were not called upon often, but both Jack Regan (Sunset HS / Beaverton, OR) and Koltin Fatzinger (Wheat Ridge HS / Thornton, CO) were sharp throughout the game, making a total of five saves. For Fatzinger, his half of shutout ball marked four straight quarters of holding the opposition off the scoreboard after a sterling performance against the Spartans on Saturday.
Colorado State (9-0 overall, 1-0 RMLC) has a few days off before another key out of conference match-up against the current #5 team in the country on Monday, March 25. The Rams will host Chapman on campus before delving into RMLC play later in the month of April. Minnesota-Duluth falls to 5-3 on the season and will take on the University of Illinois on Tuesday.