The No. 1 University of Denver Pioneers mens hockey team hosted the Miami University Redhawks on Friday night in game one of a two-game weekend series.
Coming into the weekend, Miami had a record of 3-6-2 overall including going 0-4-0 in conference play so far, which puts them in dead last in the NCHC. Meanwhile, Denver sat in second place in the conference with a record of 3-0-1.
The game did not get off to the start that Denver would have hoped in this one, as Miami sophomore defenseman Grant Hutton blasted a slap shot, top-shelf past DU goaltender Tanner Jaillet to give the Redhawks a surprising 1-0 lead.
Miami carried that lead into the second period even though Denver led in the shots on goal department 15-3 after the first.
Denver finally got on the board when sophomore Troy Terry scored his fourth goal of the season at 3:58 of the second period. The goal was scored unassisted as Terry stole the puck from the Miami defensemen at their own blue line and split them on his way toward goal. A look at the goal is included in this tweet below:
The Pioneers had many other chances the rest of the period generated by Terry, Dylan Gambrell and Will Butcher, but couldn’t get anymore past Redhawks’ freshman goaltender Ryan Larkin. The game was tied 1-1 and Denver led in shots on goal after two periods, 28-14.
Denver would finally get it’s first power play chance early in the third period, when Miami senior Justin Greenberg went off for tripping — DU however, was unable to convert on the power play chance.
The game would remain tied at the 1-1 score through regulation, and would head to overtime.
In overtime, Denver had the majority of the possession and chances to end it, but they just could not find the winner. After the regular NCAA overtime, the two teams officially ended the game in a 1-1 tie, however in NCHC play, there was still an extra point to be determined in 3-on-3 play and eventually a shootout. No one could score in the 3-on-3 overtime, so it was decided in sudden death shootout format — where Henrik Borgström scored and Miami forward Kiefer Sherwood missed the net, giving the Pios the NCHC extra point.
Three Stars of the Game
- Ryan Larkin, Miami — 45 saves
- Tanner Jaillet, Denver — 22 saves
- Troy Terry, Denver — 1 goal
Game two of this series will be played on Saturday night at Magness Arena at 7:00 pm MT.