The University of Denver hockey team withstood a determined effort by the University of Vermont to escape with a 5-3 victory on Friday night. Falling behind 2-0, the Pioneers clawed their way back into the game and exploded with three third period goals to wrap up an improbable victory.
DU fell behind 2-0 at 6:15 of the 2nd period when Wahsontiio Stacey scored his second goal of the game. Drew Shore responded for DU at 10:43 of the Period on DU's only power play of the evening with an assist to Anthony Maiani. Matt Donovan tied the game late in the 2nd period on a beautiful short handed goal assisted by Maiani and Jesse Martin.
Donovan gave DU a 3-2 lead at 6:31 of the 3rd period, a lead they wouldn't relinquish. An assist went to freshman Dan Olszewski.
Midway through the period DU succesfully killed a 5 on 3 UVM power play. Right after killing the 5 on 3 Jesse Martin scored DU's 4th goal at 9:38 of the period. It was the game winner. He was assisted by Luke Salazar and Kyle Ostrow. UVM pulled their goalie with 2 plus minutes to go and scored their 3rd goal as Stacey got a hat trick.
Adam Murray made a spectacular game saving glove save with about 46 seconds left. He was flashing the leather all night long. Drew Shore iced the game late with his 2nd goal of the night, an unassisted empty netter.
First Star: Matt Donovan (Denver)
Second Star: Wahsontiio Stacey (Vermont)
Third Star: Jesse Martin (Denver)