Denver played the North Dakota Fighting Hawks Friday night. After twenty minutes, the teams were tied 0-0 with DU’s Magnus Chrona between the pipes. The Pios avoided two Fighting Hawk power plays in the period.
In the second period with Kyle Mahew down on the ice, the Fighting Hawks found net at 7:02. A Pioneer turnover from Antti Tuomisto at 7:51 gave North Dakota a quick 2-0 lead. DU’s Cameron Wright countered in the final minute with a goal to pull within one, 2-1 headed into the third period.
Penalty Killed ✅
Great Pass ✅
Bury the shot! ✅
2-1 heading into the 3rd. pic.twitter.com/3NDmFGbuKR
— Denver Hockey (@DU_Hockey) November 6, 2021
The teams played back and forth in the third period but DU could not solve North Dakota’s Zach Driscoll. A Carter Mazur penalty with under two minutes gave the Fighting Hawks the man advantage and the game, 3-1, on an empty net goal.
DU played well in Grand Forks but could not produce timely goals in the loss. The two teams take to the ice tomorrow night in their final meeting of the NCHC regular season.
3 thoughts on “North Dakota Downs DU, 3-1”
Tough road loss. Once again, a bad few minutes in the second, where the Pios lost their concentration, and UND scored a couple of goals, was the ballgame tonight. Pios played very well in the third period, controlling play, but could not score on a couple of power play chances. But a freshman mistake by Mazur by interfering with Driscoll (the UND goalie) in the final minutes took away their extra attacker and allowed the empty netter.
Right now, the Pios are in a scoring drought, with only two goals in the last six periods…
For DU to win, their star forward need to score goals – Guttman, Brink, Savoie — where are you?
At least goaltending and the penalty kill seemed to improve. Power play continues to be a real problem. I am concerned that we may be looking at a .500 season, at best. Unacceptable folks. We have the talent, a little young perhaps, but it’s there. Once again I ask, where is the leadership and where is the coaching?
I agree. I’m starting to think this job is too big for this staff.