American Hero Troy Terry sends Sun Devils back to Desert

photo courtesy of Shannon Valerio

American hero Troy Terry returned to Magness Arena for his first collegiate game since championing USA to gold at World Juniors. Terry crafted a career-high two-goal, three-assist night to lead the University of Denver Pioneers to a 6-1 victory over the Arizona State University Sun Devils (ASU) on Saturday, Jan. 7.

Terry, scored the lone shootout goal in the final against Canada and stunned Russia with a hat trick in the semifinal game scoring all three shootout goals five-hole. After returning  from Montreal, Terry rested in absence during Friday’s game where the Pioneers won 5-1, before he made his debut on Saturday.

“He was dancing out there,” Head coach Jim Montgomery said. “You could tell the game was really easy and fluid for him. Obviously a five point night, it’s a career night for him as a Pioneer. Hopefully, he can go five-points every night for the rest of the year and I like our chances there.”

Freshman forward Henrik Borgstrom mirrored his performance from Friday’s game scoring two goals and one assist on Saturday night. Senior goaltender Evan Cowley replaced junior Tanner Jaillet between the pipes.

Denver’s scoring run began as sophomore forward Dylan Gambrell backhanded the puck low in the slot to Borgstrom at 6:46. Borgstrom lofted his shot the puck over ASU goaltender Ryland Pashovitz’s left shoulder to put the Pioneers on the board first. Denver continued to dominate the first period outshooting ASU 22-3.

The Pioneers momentum carried over into the second period, just 1:23 in Borgstrom setup up Terry in the slot. Terry finished shortside over Pashovitz, doubling Denver’s lead. Senior forward Emil Romig was also credited with an assist on the play.

2:29 later, sophomore forward Jarid Lukosevicius converted on the powerplay. After ASU’s Brett Gruber was assessed with slashing, Gambrell found Terry behind the cage. Terry fed  Lukosevicius low in the slot; Lukosevicius drilled his eighth of the season to tally a 3-0 lead.

Just over eight minutes later, Denver went on another powerplay. 50 seconds into the man advantage, Borgstrom dangled past ASU’s blueline and slipped his shot past Pashovitz to extend the Pioneers’ lead 4-0.

The Sun Devil’s hindered Denver’s success in the attacking zone for the first half of the third period until freshman Kevin Conley broke through with 10:40 remaining in regulation. Senior center Matt Marcinew and Lukosevicius drew helpers on Denver’s five goal of the evening.

2:13 later, Gambrell fed a rushing Terry down the right faceoff circle. Terry sniped his sealing Denver’s lead 6-0.

At 16:29, Conley was assessed with slashing, the Sun Devils’ Brett Gruber converted on the powerplay to earn their first goal.

Terry was briefly honored with a highlight video during the first period, “It was awesome, pretty special. To see how much support I have back here for what happened over there was pretty awesome. There’s really nothing like putting on a Pioneer jersey and playing with these guys,” Terry said.

Denver travels to Lawson Arena to face Western Michigan for a conference series beginning Friday, Jan. 13. Puck-drop is scheduled for 5 pm MT.