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Game Preview: No. 3 Denver vs. Colorado College

No. 3 DENVER

(16-6-6, NCHC 10-4-4-3)

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Colorado College

(12-12-4, NCHC 6-9-3-2)

Friday, February 16, 2018 | 8:00 p.m. MT
Broadmoor World Arena (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

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LAST MEETING

Denver 4, Colorado College 4 (Dec. 8, 2017) - Magness Arena

• Denver took a 4-3 lead with 2:28 left in the third period, but Nick Halloran’s goal with seven (7) seconds remaining sent the game to overtime. The Tigers earned the extra point in the NCHC standings

Denver 1, Colorado College 1 (Dec. 9, 2017) - Broadmoor World Arena

Liam Finlay tied the game, 1-1, only 17 seconds into the third period. Finlay scored again in 3-on-3 overtime for the extra point in the NCHC standings

QUICK NOTES

• Denver is on a seven-game unbeaten streak with a 5-0-2 record

• The Pioneers average 3.43 goals per game (6th in NCAA) and allow an average of 2.14 goals per game (5th in NCAA). Denver has allowed an average of 1.62 goals against since Dec. 1 with six (6) shutouts

• Colorado College has earned points in four (4) of its last five (5) games, scoring 21 goals during that stretch

• Tigers forward Nick Halloran enters this weekend 3rd in NCAA scoring with 40 points

DENVER SNAPSHOT

• The Pioneers are 11-1-3 against ranked opponents this season, having not lost to a ranked opponent since Nov. 17 against then-No. 3 North Dakota

• Denver has gone 19/21 (90.5%) on the penalty kill in the last seven (7) games

• The Pioneers have posted six (6) shutouts in 14 games since Dec. 1. Tanner Jaillet has recorded a 1.55 GAA, .939 save percentage and recorded five (5) official shutouts since Dec. 1

• Denver averages 7.5 penalty minutes per game, fewest in the NCAA

• The Pioneers have outshot their opponent in 10 of their last 12 games. The Pioneers average 35.4 shots per game, 2nd-most in the NCAA. Denver has had 40+ shots in nine (9) games this season

DENVER LAST SERIES

Denver 1, Minnesota Duluth (Feb. 2, 2018)

Henrik Borgström scored the lone goal of the game at 2:35 of the third period. The Pioneers went 0/5 on the power play and 1/1 on the penalty kill

Denver 4, Minnesota Duluth 1 (Feb. 3, 2018)

• Minnesota Duluth took a 2-1 lead after the first period, but the Pioneers rallied with three (3) goals in the final 40 minutes to earn their fifth-consecutive win against the Bulldogs. Denver outshot Minnesota Duluth, 44-35, and finished 0/4 on the power play and 3/3 on the penalty kill

DENVER: UP NEXT

• Denver travels to St. Cloud, Minn. for a two-game series against St. Cloud State on Feb. 23-24

COLORADO COLLEGE SNAPSHOT

• Colorado College has its highest win total since the team finished 18-19-5 in 2012-2013 with Denver’s Director of Hockey Operations, Joe Howe, in net

• The Tigers’ top line of Trey Bradley, Mason Bergh and Nick Halloran have combined for 43.6% of the team’s points and 44% of the team’s goals

• Colorado College has gone 17.3% (26/130) on the power play and 74.2% (92/124) on the penalty kill, the lowest mark in the NCAA

• The Tigers have played 13 one-goal games this season, going 7-3-3 in those games

COLORADO COLLEGE LAST WEEKEND

Colorado College 4, North Dakota 2 (Feb. 9, 2018)

• Colorado College upset then-No. 8 North Dakota with a two-goal second period. The teams combined for 32 penalty minutes, but the Tigers went 0/4 on the power play and the Fighting Hawks went 0/6 on the power play

North Dakota 5, Colorado College 1 (Feb. 10, 2018)

• North Dakota used a three-goal third period to gain separation from Colorado College. The Fighting Hawks finished 2/7 on the power play. The Tigers went 0/5 on the man advantage

COLORADO COLLEGE: UP NEXT

• The Tigers are set to travel to Omaha, Neb. to face Omaha on Feb. 23-24

PIONEERS IN THE POLLS

• The Pioneers are No. 3 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll. Denver has been ranked in the Top 5 of the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll for 42 consecutive weeks and each week this season. The last time the Pioneers were outside the Top 5 was Oct. 17, 2016

• Denver is No. 2 in the USCHO.com poll. Denver has been ranked in the Top 5 of the USCHO.com poll for 40 consecutive weeks and each week this season. The last time the Pioneers were outside the Top 5 was Oct. 17, 2016

• The Pioneers are tied for 2nd in the Pairwise rankings

BATTLE FOR THE GOLD PAN

• Since 1993, the winner of the Denver-Colorado College series has been awarded the traveling trophy known as the Gold Pan

• Denver tied both games with Colorado College earlier this season (4-4 T – Dec. 8, 1-1 T – Dec. 9) with the teams split the extra point in the conference standings. In the event of a tie in the season series, the trophy stays with the winner from the previous season (Denver)

• Denver leads the all-time series with Colorado College, 175-116-19

• Each team has won the Gold Pan 12 times. Denver has won the Gold Pan for three (3) consecutive years. Colorado College holds the record for consecutive victories with four (4) from 1999-2002

WHO’S HOT?

Jarid Lukosevicius has seven (7) goals and three (3) assists in his last 10 games

Dylan Gambrell has five (5) goals and eight (8) assists in his last 10 games

Ian Mitchell has one (1) goal and eight (8) assists in his last 10 games

TOP SCORERS

Henrik Borgström enters this weekend tied for 7th in NCAA scoring with 37 points (17-20-37)

Ian Mitchell enters this weekend 2nd among NCAA freshmen defensemen with 22 points (2-20-22) and tied for 15th among all defensemen

TERRY IN OLYMPICS

Troy Terry is competing with the U.S. Olympic team at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea

• Terry was among 23 players named to the roster and four (4) players who are currently playing in the NCAA. He is expected to miss the Feb. 16-17 series against Colorado College and the Feb. 23-24 series against St. Cloud State

BEST IN CLASS

• Denver enters this weekend with the 2nd highest-scoring junior class in the nation, recording 129 points (46-83-129)

Dylan Gambrell (T-7th) and Troy Terry (T-12th) are both among the top-scoring juniors in the nation

HOME COOKING

• Denver enters this weekend with the 6th-best home power-play percentage in the NCAA, converting at 26.9% (21/78)

• The Pioneers enter this weekend with the highest home shots on goal margin in the nation with +200

APPROACHING MILESTONES

Troy Terry has 99 career points. He is targeted to become the 97th member of Denver’s 100-point club

Tanner Jaillet has 75 career wins, which is seven (7) shy of tying school record,  and 122 games played, which is two shy of tying a school record

Logan O’Connor has played 95 career games


 

 

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