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Nick, Drew, Quentin Shore
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Denver Hockey: A Shore Thing
Courtesy: Pat Rooney, DenverPioneers.com  
Release: 02/28/2012
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It was the sort of play they probably dreamed up a thousand times over.

When University of Denver junior Drew Shore dropped a no-look pass to his brother, sophomore Nick Shore, on Feb.11 against Minnesota, the crucial conversion provided by the younger Shore did so much more than simply lift the Pioneers to victory.

The Shore-to-Shore goal allowed the Pioneers to erase Minnesota's lead and extend the game into overtime, where it took all of 17 seconds for Nick Shore to strike again with the game-winner.The play secured what perhaps was the signature win of DU's stretch drive, giving the Pioneers a crucial sweep of the Gophers.

Moreover, that slick, impromptu clutch play brought full circle a DU legacy that has been brewing for a generation.

Not only are the Shore brothers Denver natives who grew up attending Pioneers games at Magness Arena, but their parents, David and Sarah, met while attending DU's law school.With younger brother Quentin Shore set to join the Pioneers program next season, the biggest Shore-to-Shore play in the brothers' two seasons together at DU was cause for a family celebration.

"I'm sure everyone was really happy.That was a pretty big goal for us," Nick Shore said."It led to us getting the win and that was a big sweep for us.I think from a team standpoint that was huge.

"Obviously, we were down 3-2 and (Drew) made a great play there on the power play.I didn't know if he saw me or anything, but I had a feeling he was going to make a play there, and he did.He gave me a nice pass and I just had to finish it off."

That brotherly connection put an exclamation mark on the Shores' two seasons together, a span that has featured remarkably similar career arcs.

Both brothers arrived in Denver from the U.S.National Team Development Program, where they became the first set of siblings to compete for the prestigious program during the same season.Drew Shore arrived at DU for the 2009-10 season and turned in a solid rookie campaign, compiling five goals and 14 assists.

The following year, however, Drew Shore exploded into national prominence.As a sophomore, he earned second-team All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association honors after producing 23 goals and 23 assists while also leading the WCHA with a plus-29 rating in league games.

This season, Drew Shore has served as one of DU's co-captains and has remained among the top scorers in the league and the nation.He joined DU's prestigious Century Club by reaching career point No.100 with a two-goal, three-assist effort against Bemidji State on Jan.13.

Additionally, Drew Shore has helped his younger brother take a step forward this season in much the same manner as he did a year earlier.Nick Shore registered seven goals and 11 assists last year as a freshman, but this year he has emerged as a more consistent scoring threat for the Pioneers.The tying and winning goals he recorded in the Shore extravaganza against Minnesota gave the younger brother his second two-goal game of the season.

Nick Shore's development has allowed the brothers to share much more ice time during power play situations than they enjoyed during their first season together.

"This year has been fun," Drew Shore said."His freshman year, we both played a lot but we were never really out there together.We've gotten a ton of opportunities on the power play this year together.It makes it a lot more fun.Being on the ice together in big games like that is kind of cool."

Although the Shores and the rest of the Pioneers still hope to take care of unfinished business during the WCHA tournament, Nick Shore already is hard at work at taking care of another team and family matter.

Like all the standouts competing in the WCHA finals, Drew Shore will face a difficult decision following the season, as the 2009 second round selection of the Florida Panthers mulls his future.With Quentin Shore due to join the Pioneers, Drew Shore's biggest lure back to DU might be the family legacy.Nick Shore says a day does not go by in which he doesn't implore his older brother about how special it would be to have three Shore brothers donning DU's crimson and gold.

"I think if I do come back, which I don't really know what I'm doing yet, but that would be the biggest reason that I decide to stay," Drew Shore said."It would be to play with Quentin and Nick."


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