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It wasn’t a pretty game but DU took care of business with a solid win against UMass Lowell Saturday night to complete an East Coast sweep for the weekend. The University of Denver (10-4-2) faced Hockey East UMass Lowell Riverhawks (8-8-1) Saturday night at the Tsongas Center and came away with a convincing 4-1 win.
Freshman Filip Larsson started in goal for the Pioneers and got the win.
— Denver Hockey (@DU_Hockey) December 29, 2018
Denver was on their heels for the first ten minutes of the game. The Pioneers settled down the balance of the period and created several chances of their own. In the slow moving opening 20 minutes, DU trailed in shots-on-goal, 9-6. The Riverhawks had a narrow advantage on faceoffs 8-7 but UMass Lowell doubled up the Pioneers with 23 shots. Filip Larsson held the home team off the scoreboard on several great saves. The first period ended 0-0.
With three minutes remaining in a sluggish second period, DU freshman Cole Guttman broke the deadlock on an assist from Emilio Pettersen, on his eighth goal of the season, to make it 1-0 at 16:47. Denver thwarted Lowell’s efforts to score the rest of the period as the Riverhawks could only generate 3 shots-on-goal to Denver’s 4 for the entire period.
A beautiful power-play play roof shot by Jarid Lukosevicius, assisted by the freshmen tandem of Petterson and Guttman, made the score 2-0 at 3:19 of the third period. Shortly after that, a second undisciplined penalty by the Riverhawks’ Connnor Sodergren led to another Jarid Lukosevicius power-play goal at 5:23 to make it 3-0.
The Riverhawks finally scored following a Liam Finlay tripping penalty and made it 3-1 at 12:20 of the 3rd period on a rising wrist shot from the Riverhawks Seth Barton. Ryan Barrow countered with Denver’s final goal at 17:45, assisted by Les Lancaster, on a great individual effort to make it a 4-1 final.