Denver, CO – With an opportunity to slide into third place in the league standings, the Huskies put forth a clunker on the road vs 5th ranked Denver University getting outshot 48-26 and getting rolled 6-3. When all was said and done, with Omaha defeating North Dakota and Miami defeating Colorado College, the Huskies dropped to seventh in the standings two points ahead of Colorado College. Denver outscored the Huskies 3-1 in the final period and that was the difference in the first of two games this weekend.
With a conservative forecheck and an attempt to contain the Pioneers by clogging the neutral zone, the Huskies kept things close for the first 10 minutes of the period. In fact, the Huskies had a key opportunity off a two on one but Micah Miller was unable to convert and Denver responded with their first goal at 9:59. Ian Mitchell tossed the puck off the back wall and Brett Edwards corralled it and slid it to Hank Crone who was trolling in front of the net and he tipped it past Hrenak for a 1-0 DU lead. With Denver beginning to dominate puck possession, they placed at shot off the post at 7:11 before the Huskies had another great opportunity off a two on one by Micah Miller but again was unable to beat Chrona with a backhand. The Pioneers added another at 19:04 by Kohen Olischefski. Slavin Demin controlled the puck in the Huskies zone and fed Olischefski from the left circle and he tapped the puck past Hrenak for a 2-0 lead. Denver outshot SCSU 12-6 in the period.
Despite being outplayed in period two, the Huskies clawed back into the game with two power play goals. After a tripping call to Cole Guttman, the Huskies scored with four seconds remaining on his penalty to draw to within one goal. Nick Poehling found Nolan Walker at Chrona’s left and Walker sent a quick goalmouth pass to Jack Poehling who kicked the puck off his skate and then punched it past Chrona for SCSU’s first goal. The Huskies tightened up and Hrenak had to make another big save on a point blank shot by Demin to keep the game at 2-1. But, after several minutes of puck control by Denver, Miller was whistled for hooking on a questionable call and DU was on their first power play of the game. It took less than thirty seconds to score with Ryan Barrow netting his fourth goal of the season at 11:43. The Huskies were getting outshot badly 21-8 with nine minutes remaining in the period but they caught a break with a penalty to Brett Edwards of DU with 5:34 remaining in the period. It appeared Brodzinski was hit high in front of the SCSU bench but Edwards was only assessed a two-minute penalty. Brodzinski made up for it tipping the puck past Chrona off a goalmouth pass by Nolan Walker and the Huskies were surprisingly back in the game. The Huskies were outshot 21-9 in the period, Hrenak was doing his part and they were down by one goal.
With DU’s Emilio Pettersen whistled for hooking 7:05 into period three, the Huskies were in an ideal position to tie the game despite being dominated by the Pioneers. However, within seconds of attempting to set up in the Denver zone the Huskies coughed up the puck at the blue line and the Pioneers Ian Mitchell beat Hrenak on a lone break to increase the lead to 4-2. Shortly thereafter, two consecutive penalties to Luke Jaycox and Jack Ahcan had the Huskies defending a five on three and Denver make quick work of the opportunity scoring 35 seconds later with Crone adding his second goal at 13:45 for a 5-2 lead. An empty net goal by Stapley at 18:27 sealed the win. Chase Brand scored off a faceoff with a one-timer with two seconds remaining in the 6-3 final.
In a dominant effort, Denver outshot the Huskies 48-26 with David Hrenak stopping 43 Denver shots. His record drops to 5-7-4. DU’s Magnus Chrona improved his record to 11-4-2 stopping 23 of 26 shots. Both teams had success on the power play converting two of three opportunities. Faceoffs were 33-28 in favor of Denver.
Nolan Walker led the Huskies with 0-2-2 and the only multi-point scorer.
Stars of the Game: #1 Mitchell (DU), #2 Crone (DU), #3 Olischefski (DU)