Denver Ties North Dakota, 1-1
Pioneers earn the extra point in the NCHC standings
Jan. 27, 2018
Grand Forks, N.D. -
The University of Denver Pioneers (14-6-6, 8-4-4-3) tied the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks (12-8-8, 6-6-4-2), 1-1, before earning the extra point in the NCHC standings on Saturday at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
"It was a playoff-type game," Denver coach Jim Montgomery said. "It was a hard game to gain anything advantageously offensively or defensively. There weren't a lot of shots and weren't a lot of grade-A scoring chances."
"We're still in a position to take first place (in the NCHC), but we're going to need to play better hockey than we did this weekend," Montgomery said.
Denver carried its momentum from the second half of Friday's game into the first period, generating the majority of the scoring chances. Kohen Olischefkski put the Pioneers in front at 7:21 of the opening frame when he caught an overhead pass from Ryan Barrow, put the puck on the ice and slung a tight-angle shot toward the net that squeezed through the pads of Fighting Hawks' goalie Cam Johnson.
North Dakota evened the score midway through the second period when, on its first power play of the night, Christian Wolanin took the puck between the circles and unleashed a wrist shot to make it 1-1. The Fighting Hawks outshot the Pioneers, 12-5, in the second period.
Neither team scored in the third period, though North Dakota pressured Denver for the final few minutes of regulation and consequently drew a penalty with 40 seconds left. The Pioneers killed the remaining 1:40 of the penalty in overtime and the game extended into three-on-three overtime for the second-consecutive night.
Logan O'Connor connected with Ian Mitchell on a two-on-one rush at 1:19 of three-on-three overtime and Mitchell's deke sealed the extra point for the Pioneers.
Denver finished 0/2 on the power play and 2/3 on the penalty kill. Tanner Jaillet made 21 saves. Denver outshot North Dakota, 24-22.
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