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The top-ranked Denver Pioneers looked every bit of their consensus #1 ranking for the better part of three periods on the road against the #7 Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs, but for a defensive breakdown over the last 10 minutes of regulation. But thanks to Magnus Chrona’s magnificence in goal and Brett Stapley’s creativity in the shootout, Denver overcame their third period blown lead to earn the extra point for NCHC purposes. Denver is now 8-0-1.
As frustrating as the final part of the third period was with goals from Kobe Roth and Jackson Cates, both coming with an extra skater for UMD, the rest of the game showcased Denver’s strengths. Liam Finlay tallied two goals while Brett Edwards scored his first career NCAA goal to give the Pioneers a 3-1 lead. Denver, of course, would have preferred to improve to 9-0-0 rather than 8-0-1 but a tie with the extra NCHC point is a good result against the other of the country’s two best teams with a chance to take another three tomorrow night.
Reminder: like tonight’s game, tomorrow night’s game will be televised locally on KWGN Channel 2. It is UMD’s local feed broadcast here (though it isn’t the dulcet tones of our good friend and UMD radio play-by-play Bruce Ciskie, unfortunately).