DENVER - University of Denver sophomore goaltender Juho Olkinuora (Helsinki, Finland) made 32 saves, including 14 in the third period and overtime, as the Pioneers rallied for a 1-1 tie against the University of Wisconsin on Friday night in front of a crowd of 5,147 at Magness Arena.
The tie moves No. 5/5 Denver's record to 9-3-1 overall and 7-1-1 in WCHA action, while the Badgers are 1-7-3 on the year and 1-5-3 in league play.
"I'm very pleased that in a very difficult game and a very frustrating game, we found a way to tie it up," head coach George Gwozdecky said. "We had all kinds of good opportunities early in the overtime, and then we drew a penalty. That seemed to really change the momentum in their favor. Our power play was really poor, it continues to be poor."
After the two teams battled to a scoreless draw over the opening two periods, Wisconsin's Michael Merch redirected a blast off the stick of John Ramage to give the Badgers a 1-0 advantage at the 7:06 mark of the third period.
Sophomore Joey LaLeggia (Burnaby, British Columbia) forced the game into overtime as he beat Wisconsin goalie Joel Rumpel on his short-side to even the score at 1-1. The goal for LaLeggia upped his total on the season to six. Freshman Gabe Levin (Marina del Ray, Calif.) and Nick Shore (Denver, Colo.) both assisted on the game-tying netter.
For the game, Wisconsin out-shot Denver 33-31. Both teams were unsuccessful on the power play, as the Pioneers finished 0-for-3 while the Badgers came away empty on a pair of opportunities.
Denver won the faceoff battle 33-25, led by Nick Shore, who captured 19-of-25 draws.
Denver and Wisconsin will conclude their two-game series on Saturday night in a 7:07 p.m. MT start at Magness Arena. The game will be webcast on PioneerVision and 102.3 FM ESPN.
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