Men's Ice Hockey


Denver Falls to Miami, 4-3

Jan. 5, 2018


Oxford, Ohio -

The University of Denver Pioneers (11-6-4, 5-4-2-1) fell to the Miami University RedHawks (9-8-2, 4-4-1-0), 4-3, on Friday at Steve Cady Arena. 
Denver outshot Miami, 47-19, but was unable to establish a lead in the game. Dylan Gambrell scored twice and Blake Hillman recorded three (3) assists. 
"Special teams were huge and we didn't come back hard enough to our net," Denver coach Jim Montgomery said. "Their first two goals are rebound goals and they're beating us to the net.  Our effort and intensity for 98 percent of this game was really good and it shows how slim the margin of error is. If you want to be successful, we can't have guys thinking that the play is done. You have to play right to the whistle."
The RedHawks opened the scoring at 1:10 of the first period when Conor Lemirande took a shot from the right-wing boards that rebounded in front of the net for Casey Gilling to bury. Denver had a flurry of scoring chances after the goal, but trailed 1-0 after 20 minutes. 
Miami extended its lead to 2-0 on a similar play at 4:12 of the second period as Rourke Russell scored on a long rebound from Kiefer Sherwood's shot. The Pioneers finally broke through at 14:33 of the second period, when Ian Mitchell moved the puck to Hillman whose shot from the point was redirected by Gambrell. Denver was outshooting Miami 32-13 at the second intermission. 
At 4:25 of the third period, the RedHawks tallied again to make it 3-1. Gilling scored the power-play goal with a wrist shot from the high slot. Henrik Borgstrom brought Denver within one (1) goal five (5) minutes later, catching a pass from Hillman as he entered the zone and firing a shot past the blocker of RedHawks goalie Ryan Larkin. Only 47 seconds after Borgström's goal, Miami reestablished its two-goal cushion with Louie Belpedio's power-play goal.
Denver pulled the Tanner Jaillet with less than five (5) minutes remaining in the third period in an effort to close the two-goal gap and was rewarded with Gambrell's highlight-reel toe drag and shot for his second goal of the night at 17:10 of the frame. Terry and Hillman had assists on the goal.
The Pioneers finished 0/5 on the power play and 2/4 on the penalty kill.
Jaillet finished with 15 saves. 

The University of Denver is holding an alumni giving challenge for the 2017-2018 season in an effort to increase student-athlete alumni participation in the Denver Athletics Annual Fund. The sport with the highest percentage of alumni participation will receive an additional $10,000 of support through the generosity of an anonymous donor. Alumni can make a gift onlineby calling 303-871-2388 during normal business hours or by sending a check to: 
Athletics Development Office
Attn: Kaley Rickert
2201 E. Asbury Avenue 
Denver, CO 80208

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