Den­ver adds to suc­cess over CC


The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Mike Cham­bers

In its glo­ri­ous his­tory, the seven-time NCAA cham­pion Univer­sity of Den­ver has had plenty of re­mark­able reg­u­lar-sea­son stretches, but per­haps none as sen­sa­tional as what the Pi­o­neers are cur­rently en­joy­ing from a statewide and na­tional per­spec­tive alike.

Fol­low­ing Satur­day night’s 3-1 vic­tory over ri­val Colorado Col­lege at Mag­ness Arena, No. 2-ranked DU is the envy of col­lege hockey. To wit:

— The Pi­o­neers are rid­ing an NCAA-high 14-game un­beaten streak (11-0-3) and have not felt the sting of a loss since open­ing week­end.

— DU has de­feated CC 10 con­sec­u­tive times over three sea­sons, with the last two vic­to­ries over the week­end giv­ing Den­ver the Gold Pan for the third con­sec­u­tive year and 12th over­all.

— Den­ver has earned the right to host a likely No. 1 ver­sus No. 2 show­down at Mag­ness Arena next week­end against con­fer­ence ri­val Min­nesota-Du­luth.

“This place has got to be sold out,” DU coach Jim Mont­gomery said of the up­com­ing se­ries. “What else would you want in a col­lege hockey se­ries? I hope it’s loud. I hope it’s sold out. I know it’s go­ing to be great hockey. It’s the two best teams in col­lege hockey. It’s fun to see us con­tinue to grow.”

In sweep­ing Colorado Col­lege for the fifth con­sec­u­tive two-game se­ries Satur­day, for­wards Dy­lan Gam­brell, Evan Janssen and Lo­gan O’Con­nor got the goals and goalie Evan Cowley — a se­nior from Ever­green who was mak­ing just his sec­ond start of the sea­son — was al­most per­fect in a 19-save ef­fort.

DU got the wins with­out lead­ing scorer Hen­rik Borgstrom, who fell ill Thurs­day and missed both games with what doc­tors have yet to di­ag­nose. “They don’t know what it is,” Mont­gomery said. “It’s not good.”

Den­ver, which won by the same score Fri­day at the Broad­moor World Arena, over­came a 1-0 deficit and a sloppy sec­ond pe­riod in which it gave the Tigers six power-play op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The only goal of the pe­riod came short-handed off the stick of O’Con­nor, who drove to the net and lifted a back­han­der past goalie Alex Le­clerc with 7.2 sec­onds re­main­ing.

“I thought Lo­gan O’Con­nor was the best player on the ice tonight,” Mont­gomery said.

The Pi­o­neers (11-2-3, 5-0-3 Na­tional Col­le­giate Hockey Con­fer­ence) out­shot the Tigers (3-11, 1-5 NCHC) by a com­mand­ing 36-20, in­clud­ing 18-5 in the first pe­riod. Mike Cham­bers: mcham­bers@ den­ver­ or @mikecham­bers

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