CU vs. Metro State

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: CU Ice Arena

Tickets: $5 for public, $3 for students (with valid Buff One Card)

The University of Colorado men's club hockey team hasn't allowed a goal in two hours, 32 seconds of play. And the Buffs hope to extend that streak against Metropolitan State College of Denver this Saturday.

Fresh off their team title at the Gulf Coast Clash tournament in Ft. Myers, Fla., last weekend, the Buffs (15-4-0) are looking to make it three shutouts in a row.

After falling to defending American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) national champion Davenport last week, the Buffs rebounded to shut out Siena and Florida Gulf Coast in their next two games.

Riding the shutout streak of goaltender Kevin Litinsky, the team hopes its success thus far this season and in Florida will carry over to this weekend's matchup.

"I'm really proud of the kids, we did a really good job," head coach Ken Fikis said. "We got outstanding goaltending from Kevin last weekend, and our freshmen defensemen have really been playing well."

Ft. Myers also gave the Buffs the opportunity to see a few of the teams they might face at nationals in March.

"As far as the hockey goes, it was a really great experience," Litinsky said. "It was a good gauge for nationals later on this season. We played the same caliber teams as we'll see there."

As for the shutout streak, Litinsky says he's just happy to help the team in any way he can.

"I'm not a superstitious goalie, but I know a lot of goalies are," he said. "I'm just glad I can help the team. It (the shutout streak) just gives me a boost of confidence."

With Florida behind them, the Buffs' focus shifts to Metro (5-12-0), the only team in the Western region against which they have a losing record. The teams' last meeting came on Oct. 17 in Denver, and Metro skated away with a 5-3 victory.

"That's our one loss that we're really disappointed with," Fikis said.

University of Colorado s A.J. Koller does drills during practice at the CU Recreation Center on Wednesday. The Buffs take on Metro State on Saturday night.
University of Colorado s A.J. Koller does drills during practice at the CU Recreation Center on Wednesday. The Buffs take on Metro State on Saturday night. ( MARTY CAIVANO )

Litinsky and his teammates know it will take a solid 60-minute effort from everyone to come out on top this time around.

"We've come together as teammates and friends this season, and we were able to mold together as a unit," he said. "But we need to bring the same intensity against every team and be consistent. Everybody's got to show up and be ready to play."

Fikis said if the team can put the puck in the net and put the game away early, that should bode well. Either way, the players are eager for a bit of redemption.

"We took a really bad loss against them last time," said forward Scott Portnoy. "They're a team we should be able to put up a lot of goals against. It'll be a good opportunity for some payback."