Huskies Sweep Denver
01/21/2013 - 1:00 AM
The University of Denver came to the Granite City tied for first place in the WCHA with Nebraska-Omaha before their weekend series against St. Cloud State. While UNO was off for the weekend, the other first place team probably would have preferred they were off as well after the Huskies swept the Pioneers out of the National Hockey and Event Center with authority.
After a scoreless first frame, Denver got the weekend scoring started almost seven minutes into the second period Friday night with the sixth goal of the year for Zac Larraza. Less than five minutes later, at the 10:27 mark of period number two, Cory Thorson scored his eighth goal of the season with assists from Brooks Bertsch and Ethan Prow. The score would remain even until 1:34 left in the period when Nic Dowd scored his tenth goal of the season, with an assist again from Prow goaltender Ryan Faragher, his third career assist.
Denver again came out quick in the third period with a goal from Nick Shore at the 2:47 mark, his tenth of the season, which tied the game at two. The rest of the game, however, belonged to Nick Jensen and the Huskies. At 10:40 of the third period, Jensen put the Huskies back in the lead with his second goal of the season and assists for Kalle Kossila and Andrew Prochno. Six minutes later on the powerplay, Jensen tallied his third goal of the year, and second of the game to give the Huskies a 4-2 lead. Drew LeBLanc and Kossila earned assists on the goal, and Nick Oliver would add an empty netter to clinch the win, which gave head coach Bob Motzko 150 wins for his coaching career.
On Saturday night, the Huskies started the game with an extra bounce to their step. The Huskies outshot the Pioneers 20-7 in just the first period, and freshman David Morley was able to give the Huskies the lead with his seventh goal of the year at the 19:18 mark of the first, with assists from Ben Hanowski and Kossila.
While the second period was more even shot-wise, the Huskies cracked the game open and deflated the Pioneers. At 5:27 of the 2nd, Morley notched his second of the game and eighth of the season. LeBlanc and Hanowski received assists. Hanowski’s put him a step closer to the century mark with 99 points. Scoring continued in the third period with a goal from Nic Dowd at the 7:26 mark, his eleventh of the season, with assists from Jensen and Jonny Brodzinski. Just over a minute later, LeBlanc netted his seventh goal of the year, with Prochno and Kossila earning assists. The second period ended with the Huskies leading 4-0, and a 29-15 shot advantage.
The Pioneers were finally able to get on the board half-way through the third period with a goal from Joey LaLeggia to make it a 4-1 game. Two Minutes later, Ben Hanowski flutters a shot past Denver goaltender Sam Brittain to give the Huskies a 5-1 lead. The goal was Hanowski's 100th career point.
St. Cloud goaltender Ryan Faragher stopped 49 out of 52 Denver shots on the weekend. The powerplay went 1-5 on Friday and 2-5 on Saturday. With the four points the Huskies leap over the Pioneers into a first place tie in WCHA standings. The Huskies also moved up in the USCHO poll this week to 16th.
The Huskies completed a ten game homestand and will hit the road next weekend for a series against the University of North Dakota. KVSC will have full coverage of the series on the airwaves. Coverage begins at 7:15 on Friday, and 6:45 on Saturday. Co-Sports Directors Scott Gross and Gina Carlson will have the call from Ralph Engelstad Arena.
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