Denver, CO – Sophomore forward Henrik Borgstrom has made a practice of feasting on the Huskies in his short career at DU. During the 2016-17 season, he had three goals in four games including two game-winners. On Friday, Borgstrom again victimized the Huskies scoring twice in a 4-2 win at Magness Arena in Denver, CO. Fellow mates Jarid Luosevicius, Troy Terry and Dylan Gambrell also combined for 4 points including the game-winner and two goals from Lucosevcius. The win snapped a Husky seven-game streak to start the season and also a two-game losing streak by the Pioneers.
With the two squads attempting to create some flow in the first period, Borgstrom was the first to do damage on a nifty goal at 12:31 of the period. Borgstrom stick handled laterally across the goalmouth fending off JImmy Schuldt who was attempting to defend and lifted the puck over Jeff Smith for a 1-0 DU lead. That was the extent of the scoring in the period although the Huskies had two unsuccessful man-advantage opportunities. The Huskies outshot DU 13 to 8 in the period.
The Huskies did respond early in period two with a goal by Mika Ilvonen (Jackson/Newell) , his first career goal at 5:06. Robby Jackson curled from the right corner and fed Ilvonen who buried his own rebound to knot the game at 1-1. But, Denver regained the lead at 9:35 on Lukosevicius’s first of two goals of the contest. A turnover at the red line by SCSU’s Jack Ahcan created a 3X1 in the other direction with Dylan Gambrell connecting with Lucosevicius at the goalmouth for a tap-in and a 2-1 lead. Again, the Huskies had two additional power play opportunities in the period but Denver shut down both. The Pioneers had the 11-7 shot advantage in the period.
Denver extended their lead to two goals on a power play goal by Lucosevicius, his second of the game. A shot from the point by Ian Mitchell was deflected by Lucosevicius for a 3-1 lead. A possible turning point in the game occurred with slightly over nine minutes to go in regulation as an apparent goal by SCSU’s Eyssimont was waved off after review. Judd Peterson made a strong move from behind the goal to feed Eyssimont who back-handed a shot for a seemingly one goal deficit. However, the officials ruled Peterson interfered with DU goaltender Jaillet and waved it off clearly stunting some momentum for the Huskies. Peterson also collided with a Denver defender on the play which could be argued led to the contact between Peterson and Jaillet. The Huskies again attempted to rally with a power play goal – their first in six attempts during the game at 18:58 by Blake Winiecki (Schuldt | Jackson). Schuldt threw a knuckleball toward the net that was defected by Winiecki to narrow the score to 3-2. Borgstrom then scored his second goal of the game into an empty SCSU net at 19:28 to wrap up the win for the Pioneers.
SCSU outshot Denver 34 to 29 for the contest. Denver shut down the 30%+ power play only allowing one goal on six attempts for SCSU. Denver was 1 for 2 on their man-advantage opportunities. Jeff Smith suffered his first loss of the season turning aside 25 of 28 Denver shots on goal to see his record fall to 4-1-0. Tanner Jaillet stopped 32/34 shots on goal in the win.
Looking sluggish at times and having difficulty creating any flow for large segments of the game, the Huskies were clearly being countered by some good gap control by the Pioneers who forced way too many turnovers by SCSU. the Huskies will have to regroup and do a much better job on the man-advantage which could have been the difference between a win and a loss on Friday. The assumption is David Hrenak will get the call in goal for Saturday’s contest. Also, assume some slight roster juggling at both the defense and forward positions.
Stars of the Game: #1 Jarid Lukosevicius (Denver) #2 Tanner Jaillet (Denver) #3 Mika Ilvonen (SCSU)