DENVER - After losing the Ryder Cup, every single world championship imaginable (unless we used steriods) and almost every event in the Summer AND Winter Oympics things were looking grim for American sporting teams. There was even talk that a steady diet of video games, junk food and premartial relations was sapping our strength. Thank God the DU hockey team (with a little help from eight Canadians and our Canadian born head coach) put that talk to rest on Saturday night. DU pounded the University of Calgary 6-3 in one of the biggest victorys for America since the Tour de France this summer (pending an investigation by the World Doping Agency).
Calgary got on the board first when Conlan Seder hit Alex Lalonde with a long outlet pass. Lalonde beat Fisher high to the glove side to give the Dinos a 1-0 advantage at 16:42 of the first period. Calgary extended its lead to 2-0 at 3:23 of the second period on a power-play rebound goal by Colin McRae.
The Pioneers got on the board at 12:09 of the second stanza thanks to Trotter tally. Trotter intercepted a Calgary clearing attempt at the right face-off circle and shelved the puck over Talbot's outstretched glove to cut the Dinos' lead in half. Cook then knotted the game at 2-2 with less than two minutes remaining in the second period when he put home the rebound of a Veideman shot.
The third period belonged to the Pioneers from start to finish. The Pioneers took their first lead of the game 45 seconds into the final frame when Dingle took a nifty feed in front of the net from Trotter and buried a power-play goal.
Less than three minutes later, Denver struck again as Butler buried a shot from the point on a man-advantage to give the Pioneers a 4-2 lead. Cook added his second goal of the night at 7:11 of the final stanza on an unassisted effort. After streaking toward the Calgary net, Cook attempted a drop pass which bounced off a Dino defender and into the goal. Mullen capped off the Pioneers' scoring with a sensational shorthanded tally at 13:03.
Patrick Mullen - J.D. Corbin - Tyler Ruegsegger
Brock Trotter - Ryan Dingle - Rhett Rakhshani
Matt Glasser - Geoff Paukovich - Ryan Helgason
Steven Cook - Michael Handza - Brian Gifford
J.P. Testwuide - Andrew Thomas
Adrian Veideman - Keith Seabrook
Chris Butler - Cody Brookwell
T.J. Fast - Julian Marcuzzi