Denver, CO – A marquee series between two top-ranked teams culminated in a frustrating penalty-filled contest as the Huskies were swept by a 5-1 score at Magness Arena on Saturday, November 11. In what should have been a highly entertaining game between two skilled teams evolved into a special teams battle won by Denver with three of their goals scored on the power play. The Huskies on the other hand were whistled 12 times for 38 minutes and failed on five of their own man-advantage opportunities in a disappointing weekend. The losses dropped the SCSU overall record to 7-2-0 and their NCHC record to 2-2-0.
After a scoreless first period, the Pioneers took control in the second period with three consecutive goals in the first 9:35. DU’s Adam Plant beat the Huskies Hrenak short-side high with a wrist shot from the right circle for a 1-0 lead. Twenty eight seconds later Tyson McLellan beat Hrenak once again on an identical shot from the right circle for a two-goal lead. The Pioneers added another power play goal at 9:35 off a shot through traffic by Adam Plant from the point for his second goal of the game. SCSU finally got on the board at 11:14 with Kevin Fitzgerald’s ( Jackson | Winiecki) third goal of the year. Robby Jackson fed Fitzgerald from behind the goal and Fitzgerald scored on a point-blank shot from ten feet out to narrow the DU lead to 3-1. The period also saw a continuing onslaught of penalties. After five penalties in the first period, another four were called in the second including the most damaging – a five-minute major and game misconduct to the Huskies Jimmy Schuldt for a check from behind at 13:49. However, the Huskies were able to weather the storm and contain the game to a manageable score of 3-1 despite being outshot 16-5.
The Huskies again got themselves in penalty trouble a minute into period three as Easton Brodzinski was assessed a five-minute major for boarding. This time the Pioneers made them pay with a power play goal off a deflection by Dylan Gambrell at 2:43 for a 4-1 lead. The Pioneers closed out the scoring in the game at 14:02 with a goal by Jarid Lukosevicius, his third of the weekend. Another nine penalties were assessed before the end of the game making for a total of 21 penalties for 56 minutes.
Denver outshot the Huskies 42 to 23 for the contest with SCSU’s David Hrenak stopping 37 of 42 shots in a tough outing for the first-year player. The Pioneers Tanner Jaillet stopped 21 of 22 shots on goal to improve his record to 5-1-2. For the game, the Huskies were 0 for 5 on the man-advantage while Denver was 3 for 8.
Stars of the Game: #1 Adam Plant (Denver) #2 Dylan Gambrell (Denver) #3 Tyson McLellan (Denver)