Men's Ice Hockey


Late Goal Pushes Denver Past Boston University, 4-3


Oct. 27, 2017


The No. 1 University of Denver Pioneers (3-0-2, NCHC 0-0-0-0) topped the No. 6 Boston University Terriers (3-3-1, Hockey East 1-0-1), 4-3, with a last-minute, game-winning goal at Agganis Arena on Friday night.

Troy Terry’s goal with 16.1 seconds remaining in regulation propelled the Pioneers past the Terriers.

Denver opened the scoring at 2:51 of the first period with Jake Durflinger’s second goal of the season. Terry started the play, carrying the puck through the neutral zone before feathering a pass to Dylan Gambrell whose shot rebounded to Durflinger in front of the net.

One minute after taking a 1-0 lead, the Pioneers went on the power play and Colin Staub found a loose puck outside the crease to extend the lead. Liam Finlay and Adam Plant had assists on the play.

Boston University responded to Denver’s early goals with a pair of its own. First, Ty Amonte received a pass from Drew Melanson and buried the shot past Pioneers goalie Tanner Jaillet to cut the lead in half. About two minutes later, the Terriers went on the power play and a between-the-legs pass from Jordan Greenway set up Bobo Carpenter for a goal at 12:38 of the first.

Before the end of the first period, Denver struck on the power play for the second time in the game. At 18:28 of the first period, Henrik Borgström took the puck from Gambrell, fired a shot on net and Staub quickly located the rebound to put the Pioneers in front, 3-2, at the first intermission.



Terry appeared to give Denver a two-goal lead early in the second period, but the play was reviewed and reversed. The Pioneers had another opportunity for a two-goal advantage on a power play midway through the frame, but the opportunity yielded only a lengthy possession and flurry of shots. Boston University had a similar power play midway through the third period, but Jaillet turned away every shot to preserve Denver’s 3-2 lead.

After an onslaught of shots, the Terriers finally evened the game with 6:39 remaining in regulation on Dante Fabbro’s shot from the point through traffic.

Terry’s game-winning goal came on a wrist shot from the left circle. Staub had the only assist on the goal. 

Staub finished with two goals and one assist. Terry finished with one goal and one assist. Gambrell finished with two assists. Jaillet made 26 saves in his 100th career appearance. 

Denver went 2/4 on the power play and 4/5 on the penalty kill.

Jim Montgomery Post-Game Quotes

Opening Statement

“I thought that was a great game. That’s what college hockey is all about. Momentum shifts like that…we’re up 2-0 and they come storming back. I thought for the majority of the game, they were the better team. I thought their forecheck was incredible and I thought they played with great emotion and energy. I was really proud of our team’s resilience again. When we get pushed, we push back. In the last four minutes, our best players took over the game.”

On the Physicality of the Game

“We’re used to teams being physical on us. That doesn’t change the way we play. It gave them momentum and got the building rocking. It was a great game for us to grow from and I said that after the second period. I said no matter what the outcome is, we’re going to get so much better from this game and that’s why you schedule really good hockey teams.”

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