No. 1 Pioneers Down No. 19 Huskies 5-2 in Round 1 of NCAA Tournament
Colin Staub Scores Two Goals, Tanner Jaillet Makes 16 Saves as Denver Advances to Elite Eight
March 25, 2017
The No. 1 DU Pioneers skated to a 5-2 victory over No. 19 Michigan Tech at U.S. Bank Arena on Saturday afternoon in the opening game of the 2017 NCAA Tournament’s Midwest Regional to advance to the national quarterfinals. Denver will now face either Penn State or Union on Sunday at 6pm ET/4pm MT (ESPNU/ESPN Denver 1600 AM) with a berth in the 2017 Frozen Four on the line.
Denver took an early 1-0 lead on Saturday when sophomore forward Colin Staub (Colorado Springs, Colo.) redirected a point shot from junior blueliner Adam Plant (Penticton, B.C.) to the back of Michigan Tech’s net at the 4:42 mark of the first period during a DU power play. Staub scored another PPG eight minutes later to put DU up by two, with Emil Romig (Vienna, Austria) netting an even-strength marker shortly thereafter to put the Pios up by three. A bullet of a wrist shot off the stick of team captain Will Butcher (Sun Prairie, Wis.) then gave the Pioneers a 4-0 lead heading into the first intermission. The four goals scored by DU in the opening stanza tied a Midwest Regional record.
Freshman forward Tyson McLellan (San Jose, Calif.) put the Pios up 5-0 early in the middle frame, banging home a loose puck deep in MTU territory to register his fifth goal of the season. The Huskies then scored twice late in the second period to cut Denver’s lead to three but that would be as close as the WCHA champs would get as the Crimson & Gold hung on to take the decision by a 5-2 final following a goalless closing stanza.