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On Saturday night, the University of Denver Men’s Hockey team completed the weekend, two-game sweep of the Michigan State Spartans with a 3-1 victory. DU came into the weekend ranked No. 6 in both of the major college hockey polls, and now with the sweep they have jumped up a few spots.

Sophomore forward Terry leads Pios to victory

Following the win on Friday night, the Pioneers came to play again in this one, grabbing an early 2-0 lead in the first period and never looking back. Sophomore forward Troy Terry scored two goals in the first period, with Henrik Borgström picking up a lone assist.

Denver carried this two goal lead into the third period when Michigan State finally answered back with a goal by sophomore Mason Appleton at the 4:01 mark. The Pioneers got the two goal cushion back with 1:04 left after the Spartans pulled their goalie — Matt Marcinew scored on the empty net, his second goal of the season.

DU won the game 3-1, and completed the two-game sweep in East Lansing for their fourth straight victory.

Denver up to No. 3 in polls

With the sweep, the Pios are now 4-2-0 on the 2016-17 season, and have jumped three spots in both of the polls. On Monday, the weekly poll was released and Denver is ranked No. 3 in both the USCHO.com Poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll. Only NSHC rivals North Dakota (No. 1) and Minnesota-Duluth (No. 2) are ranked above Denver in both.

John Buccigross of ESPN also has his own weekly rankings called the BucciMane #CawlidgeHockey Top 10, in which Denver comes in at No. 2 this week — up two spots from the fourth spot they were in last week.

Pioneers return home to begin conference play

Up next for the DU Pioneers is a two-game series on home ice as they host the University of Western Michigan Broncos in their first NCHC in-conference play this season. Last year, DU went 3-0-1 against the Broncos — winning once and tying at home and sweeping on the road. So far this season, Western Michigan is 3-0-1 in non-conference play.

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