Denver Ties St. Cloud State 1-1, Earns Extra Point in NCHC Standings
Plant scores with 3:27 left in regulation
Feb. 23, 2018
St. Cloud, Minn. - The University of Denver Pioneers (17-7-7, 11-5-5-4) tied the St. Cloud State Huskies (20-6-5, 14-4-3-1) 1-1 and scored in three-on-three overtime to secure the extra point in the NCHC standings on Friday at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.
"We didn't have great life and energy (until the third period)," Denver coach Jim Montgomery said. "In the third, I thought our forwards did a better job of having better puck support and skating."
Adam Plant tied the game with 3:27 remaining in regulation, then Logan O’Connor’s goal at 4:26 of three-on-three overtime moved Denver to within four (4) points of St. Cloud State in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) standings.
"St. Cloud State played a great game," Montgomery said. "They were as good as I've seen them at being physical and taking away time and space. I like the way our players fought through that."
The Pioneers had a pair of scoring chances shortly after the halfway point of the second period. First, Dylan Gambrell found O’Connor with a pass from below the goal line, but O’Connor’s shot from a foot outside the goal crease was denied by David Hrenak. Shortly after, Henrik Borgström took the puck from the right-wing boards to the front of the net but could not sneak his shot around the Hrenak’s right pad.
St. Cloud State scored at 14:03 of the second period as Mikey Eyssimont centered the puck from behind the net and Blake Lizotte worked through traffic to tap it behind Tanner Jaillet.
After being held scoreless through two periods, the Pioneers held the Huskies to zero (0) shots in the third period and broke through late in the frame when Troy Terry evaded pressure and found Adam Plant for a one-timer from the right point. Plant’s shot leveled the score and sent the game to overtime.
The Huskies opened overtime with an opportunity to ice the game, but Jaillet made a glove save to keep the Pioneers alive and ultimately send the game to three-on-three overtime. With 34 seconds left in three-on-three overtime, Plant sent a pass to O’Connor who charged into the offensive zone, batted a rebound from his original shot out the air, then watched the puck roll off the back of Hrenak and into the net.
Jaillet finished with 23 saves in his 125th career game and became the Pioneers’ all-time leader in games played. The games played record was previously held by Stephen Wagner (1996-2000).
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