DU's Two Shorties Propel Them Past UAA 4-2

Tyler Bozak scored a short-handed goal and and assisted on Chris Butler's short-handed goal last night.

From DU website

The No. 8 Denver Pioneers (20-10-1, 14-8-1 WCHA) recorded three special team goals in the second period en route to a 4-2 victory over the University of Alaska Anchorage (7-17-7, 3-17-5 WCHA) tonight in front of 6,033 fans at Magness Arena.

Rhett Rakhshani (Huntington Beach, Calif.) notched a power-play goal, while Chris Butler (St. Louis, Mo.) and Tyler Bozak (Regina, Saskatchewan) each added a short-handed tally in the second period to give DU a three-goal cushion. Senior netminder Peter Mannino (Farmington Hills, Mich.) stopped 24-of-26 shots to get the win.

The victory marked the seventh consecutive season DU has recorded at least 20 wins, while the Pioneers also improved to 13-3-1 at Magness Arena this year.

“I think everyone realized how big this game was for us,” Denver head coach George Gwozdecky said. “Our second period was huge, with the two short-handed goals and the power-play goal. We really needed that type of effort from our special teams.”

Each team scored on a point shot in the first period, with Kane Lafranchise striking for the Seawolves with a power-play goal at 10:15 and Patrick Mullen (Pittsburgh, Pa.) responding 48 seconds later with his fourth goal of the season. Mullen one-timed the rebound of a blocked Zach Blom (Englewood, Colo.) attempt and beat Seawolves netminder Jon Olthuis (30 saves) high to the glove side at 11:03.

Rakhshani gave DU a lead with his power-play goal from the left faceoff circle 1:04 into the second period before the Pioneers notched a pair of short-handed goals to take a 4-1 lead.

First, Butler deposited a feed from Kyle Ostrow (Calgary, Alberta) during a 2-on-1 break at 11:06, while Bozak then notched his fifth short-handed goal of the season off a feed from Jesse Martin (Edmonton, Alberta) on a nearly identical play at 18:40.

Luke Beaverson added a goal for UAA with 4:05 remaining to round out the scoring.

DU outshot UAA by a 34-26 margin and went 1-for-8 on the power play. The Seawolves finished 1-for-7 with the man-advantage.

Notes: DU ranks sixth in the latest PairWise Rankings...The Pioneers now rank first nationally with 10 short-handed goals...Bozak is tied for the national lead with five short-handed tallies...Stephen Cunningham (Boulder, Colo.) picked up his first collegiate point with an assist on Mullen’s first-period tally...DU has won all three match-ups against UAA this season...Mannino set a single-season career-high with his 19th victory of the year tonight...The netminder had 18 wins during his freshman campaign...DU has registered at least one power-play goal in 10 of its last 13 games...The Pioneers are 8-3 against unranked opponents this season.


achsdu17 said...

Good Win... we really need that and what was up with the Penalty Kill unit!?!?!?! They were freakin possessed!

One thing though... I'm getting really ticked watching everyone take a run at Mannino.

Nelson said...

I hear what your saying about the GT interference. Second period was solid--first was more of the same stuff we've been seeing the last several weeks. PP was week in the first and better as the night went on. Still statistically better SH then on the PP--what's up with that?

Waiting for my FF4 tix to arrive--hoping I'm not in the 300 level seats!

achsdu17 said...

I hope I'm not either... I should have mine coming in March.

I wouldn't think I'd be stuck in the 300 level... after all I did pay $171 for them and I was one of the first to enter the lottery.

Anyways... I hope the players do something to send a message to the rest of the league on the ice to never mess with our goalie or something.

Anonymous said...

When you say "first to enter the lottery" ...Your FF seats will be based on how many years you have been going to the FF and not how early you got your app in. I started in Anaheim CA years ago and have purchased tickets to each subsequent FF. For a number of years I had OK seat, but each year they got better. Last year I had great seats in St. Louis. I expect to have pretty good seats this year. The tickets will arrive roughly 2 weeks prior to the FF.

Twister said...

Good victory last night. DU had some really good shifts. This solid freshman class really continues to develop nicely.

Speaking of the FF, does anyone have tickets to sell or know of anyone who is selling? I missed the earlier spot for season ticket holders. Stubhub has some for sale but most are very expensive.

achsdu17 said...

I might be selling my tickets. We'll have to see though. Thing is I have an internship with Kroenke Sports and I usually work with the Avs and Mammoth. Depending if they want me to work that day I'll either be using my tickets or not.

Nelson said...

Given the way the seniority system works that's why I was saying I was fearful I'd be in the nose bleed seats.

Man every game here on out is huge especially when your playing someone way down in the pairwise. The pios were more careful with the puck last night. Although the first period was
kinda ugly.

Anonymous said...

The ff seats are done on how many years you have been attending. This is my 12th and last year in St Louis we were in the front row. Watchin ND get their lunch. It was so sweet.

SIOUX 7 said...


If you don't know by now, UND has been sending a message... Take a cheap shot at ANYBODY on our team and we'll send a message. Of course, the result of that, is that everyone else thinks UND is a bunch of Goons. (UND leads the NCAA in penalty minutes per game at 22.2) Just think the 2nd best team in the country is a bunch of hacks. That's got to say something...

Anonymous said...

Just think about it, Sioux7. If UND decides to get all the dirty crap out of their script and play the game as it should be played, then they wouldn't be #2 but #1.

SIOUX 7 said...


I know that UND might have a better record if they "cleaned up" a little. But by the same token, look at the NHL last year. Anaheim won the stanley cup and had the most penalty minutes... There might be something say for the "intimidation factor".