DU 3 - Minnesota State 2 FINAL

The University of Denver skated to a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Minnesota State on Friday night at Magness Arena. DU scored the game winner on a power play goal by David Makowski with 5:49 remaining in regulation. It was Makowski's first career goal.

DU scored a goal in each of the first two periods but the Mavericks responded with late goals in each period until the game winner.

DU killed all seven of Minnesota State's power play opportunities.

1st Period
DU Goal - Shore (Bennet)
MSU Goal - Jokinen

2nd Period
DU Goal - Salazar (Donovan)
MSU Goal - Hayes

3rd Period
DU Goal -Makowski (Lee, Maiani)


Jason Zucker - Drew Shore (G) - Luke Salazar (G)

Anthony Maiani (A) - Kyle Ostrow - Beau Bennett (A)

Chris Knowlton - Nick Shore - Shawn Ostrow

Jarrod Mermis - Nate Dewhurst


Matt Donovan (A) - Chris Nutini

John Ryder - David Makowski (G)

William Wrenn - John Lee (A)

Paul Phillips


Sam Brittain - Adam Murray - Josh Rosenholtz


puck swami said...

Would like to see DU step up and take points this weekend. Time to take control of the season against teams they need to beat.

dggoddard said...

Rycroft doing a great job as color analyst.

puck swami said...

Rycroft is a great analyst - incisive, honest and passionate.

The only criticism I have of him is his use of "we" to describe the Pioneers. Even though he is a former player, it sounds a little cheesy to me to hear that on the radio.

puck swami said...

Good home win for the Pioneers. DU did not play a smart hockey game, but they were able to get the big goal when they really needed it,

Zucker may not have much on the scoresheet but his third period set the tone with big hits and two posts.

dggoddard said...

One game down in this 10 game stretch that will certainly make or break DU's season.

du78 said...

I like Rycroft with Jay. Sam was excellent in goal tonight. The MSU goalie, Cook, played well too. He stoned Mermis and Drew Shore.

Anonymous said...

I miss Sandy Clough.

achsdu17 said...

Good bounce back win. Now sweep em.

Twister said...

Not exactly a thing of beauty, but DU did just enough to win tonight against a tough Mankato team. The Pios took some lazy penalties and looked flat at times, but they generated some good scoring chances and cashed in when it mattered.

Need another W tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Take note of #24 for Denver in your game programs, folks - that's John Ryder for you casual fans. Rides had what I thought was an outstanding performance tonight. He played really really well.

puck swami said...

DU must find a way to cleanup these turnovers and cut down on the dumb penalties. The game is hard enough without helping the other team. Without Stonehenge slamming the door big tonight, this game could have been a loss for the Pioneers.

I love our team's work ethic, but some work must be done on the mental side of this team so they can start making things easier on themselves and harder for the other team.

Aluuum said...

Anon 12:01
Ryder is one of my favorites because he is the only defensman we have who knocks the opposition on their ass when they approach the blue line area. he plays the man instead of trying to knock the puck away which some times doesn't work.