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Denver Tops St. Cloud State 4-1, Wins Frozen Faceoff

March 17, 2018

St. Paul, Minn - The University of Denver Pioneers (22-9-8, 12-6-6-4) defeated the St. Cloud State Huskies (25-8-6, 16-4-4-1), 4-1, and clinched the 2018 National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Frozen Faceoff championship on Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center.

Goals from three (3) freshmen in the first two (2) periods helped Denver become the first two-time champion in the five-year history of the Frozen Faceoff.

The Pioneers' victory marked their third against the Huskies this season and fourth consecutive win. Denver has allowed only three (3) goals in the last three (3) games. 

"I'm really proud of our group," Richard and Kitzia Goodman Hockey Coach Jim Montgomery said. "I thought we were relentless. After we scored the first goal we really started to play Denver hockey. We were very persistent, very hard offensively and defensively and we were able to push our lead because of it." 

Kohen Olischefski opened the scoring at 4:24 of the first period courtesy of a fortunate bounce off Jack Poehling, who was standing in front of the net when Olischefski swatted a rebound from his own shot. St. Cloud State responded with an opportunity three (3) minutes later when Nick Poehling sent a pass from the point to Judd Peterson cutting toward the net, but Liam Finlay's hook on Peterson interrupted the play. Denver extended its lead with five (5) seconds remaining in the first period as Logan O'Connor put a shot off the pad of David Hrenak and created a rebound for Durflinger. Durflinger's goal made it 2-0 for the Pioneers at the first intermission.


 

 

Early in the second period, Ryan Barrow received a pass from Finlay, took flight through the neutral zone and roofed a backhander over the glove of David Hrenak. Jeff Smith replaced Hrenak following the goal. The Pioneers held a 3-0 advantage through 40 minutes.

The Huskies took a trio of penalties in the third period and were unable to generate much offensively until 15:54 of the period when Ryan Poehling's follow-up on Kevin Fitzgerald's shot made it a 3-1 game. Denver established its three-goal lead at 17:06 of the third period when Dylan Gambrell sealed the victory with a slap shot from the right circle.

O'Connor, Tanner Jaillet, Henrik Borgström and Ian Mitchell were named to the All-Tournament team. Jaillet was named the tournament's most outstanding player. 

The Pioneers finished 0/4 on the power play and 3/3 on the penalty kill. Jaillet made 28 saves. 

Denver's position in the 2018 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship Tournament will be determined during the selection show on Sunday, March 18 at 10 a.m. MT.

ALUMNI GIVING CHALLENGE

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

SEASON TICKET RENEWALS 

Current hockey season ticket holders can renew their seats for the 2019-18 hockey season online or over the phone by calling the Denver ticket office at 303-871-4625. Ticket holders can also renew their seats at the NCHC Quarterfinals games this weekend in person at the sales table located on the concourse next to the Murray Armstrong statue.
 
New season tickets for the 2019-18 hockey season will go on sale Monday, March 19th.
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