From: Rocky Mountain News
by Pat Rooney
The win was Gwozdecky's 300th at DU and 450th overall as a coach. Only Murray Armstrong, who amassed 460 wins while leading DU to five national championships from 1956 through 1977, has compiled more wins at the school.
"We've had great leadership at the university," Gwozdecky said. "They've given us all the tools necessary to recruit some of the finest student-athletes in North America.
"As I told Andy Thomas, our captain, when he presented me the puck in the locker room, I said, 'Thank you, I'm honored. But the puck I really want to have is No. 348, or 347.' I'm not real good with the numbers, but down the road, if you understand what I'm saying, I want to have that puck number that is significant for us in April."
Gwozdecky is referring to the potential of the Pioneers winning the program's eighth national championship when the Frozen Four comes to the Pepsi Center in the spring. But that goal will only be realized if DU (3-1) improves on the special- teams problems it has shown through four games.
The Pioneers surrendered a power-play goal to the Irish and went 0-for-6 with a man advantage. DU went 0-for-11 on the power play in the series and has not scored in its past 18 power-play chances.
"Our power play needs to get on the board, no question about it," said Gwozdecky, whose team opens league play next week at home against Minnesota Duluth. "We had a couple great chances on the side of the net that we missed. We won it on even strength and strong goaltending."