The perfect DU season start is now just a memory.
The top-ranked Denver Pioneers came swaggering into Duluth, Minn. with an 8-0 record, and left Amsoil Arena with a Friday tie and a Saturday loss, the latter game a bitter 5-2 loss in which DU was simply outplayed by the defending NCAA Champion Bulldogs.
The Pioneers looked strong in the first two periods, taking a 2-1 lead on a Jaakko Heikkinen goal at the 2:27 mark of the second, but after that, it was the Bulldogs who blew out the Pioneers, scoring four unanswered goals over the last 35 minutes for the victory.
Koby Bender evened the game at 2-2 with snipe at the 7:28 mark of the second, and then set up Luke Loheit a few minutes later for the game-winning goal.
The Bulldogs added a couple of insurance goals in the third period, including an empty netter.
Nick Tremaroli will have a full series recap tomorrow.