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Game Preview: Denver vs. Minnesota Duluth

DENVER

(20-9-8, NCHC 12-6-6-4)

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MINNESOTA Duluth

(21-14-3, NCHC 13-11-0-0)

Friday, March 16, 2018 | 7:00 p.m. MT
NCHC Frozen Faceoff - Semifinal
Xcel Energy Center (St. Paul, Minn.)

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SEASON SERIES

• Denver 1, Minnesota Duluth - Dec. 1, 2017 - AMSOIL Arena

• Denver 2, Minnesota Duluth 1 - Dec. 2, 2017 - AMSOIL Arena

• Denver 1, Minnesota Duluth 0 - Feb. 2, 2018 - Magness Arena

• Denver 4, Minnesota Duluth 3 - Feb. 3, 2018 - Magness Arena

• Denver has played five (5) consecutive one-goal games against Minnesota Duluth. Nine (9) of the last 10 games have been decided by one (1) or fewer goals

QUICK NOTES

• Denver has a 1-3 record in the Frozen Faceoff semifinal, winning the championship in 2014

• Minnesota Duluth has a 2-2 record in the Frozen Faceoff semifinal, winning the championship in 2017 and losing in the championship in 2016

• The Pioneers and Bulldogs have met once in the NCHC playoffs with Denver defeating Minnesota Duluth, 4-3 and 4-0, in the first round of the 2015 tournament

DENVER SNAPSHOT

• Denver averages 3.30 goals per game (9th in NCAA) and 2.11 goals against per game (7th in NCAA)

Henrik Borgström leads the team with 49 points (21-28-49) and is 5th in NCAA scoring

Tanner Jaillet has a 1.90 GAA (6th in NCAA), .927 save percentage (8th in NCAA) and five (5) shutouts (T-5th in NCAA)

• The Pioneers are 11-2-4 against ranked opponents this season

• Denver averages 8.1 penalty minutes per game, 2nd-fewest in the NCAA

• The Pioneers power play converts at 22.0% (14th in NCAA) and their penalty kill converts at 84.6% (T-10th in NCAA)

DENVER LAST SERIES

Colorado College 2, Denver 0 (March 9, 2018)

• Denver outshot the Tigers, 37-23, but allowed two (2) third-period goals to fall behind, 1-0, in the series

Denver 3, Colorado College 2 (March 10, 2018)

Troy Terry scored twice in the third period to help erase a 2-1 deficit and secure the victory

Denver 6, Colorado College 1 (March 11, 2018)

• Denver established a 5-0 lead through two (2) periods. Troy Terry finished with four (4) assists. Jarid Lukosevicius had two (2) goals and one (1) assist

MINNESOTA DULUTH SNAPSHOT

• Minnesota Duluth has won seven (7) of its last eight (8) games

• After posting a .471 winning percentage through the first half of the regular season, the Bulldogs posted a .658 winning percentage in the second half of the regular season

• Scott Perunovich leads the Bulldogs with 34 points (10-24-34)

• Minnesota Duluth converts at 24.7% on the power play (6th in NCAA) and 84.7% on the penalty kill (9th in NCAA)

• The Bulldogs averaged 2.35 goals per game through the first half of the regular season (54th in NCAA) and 3.89 goals per game through the second half of the regular season (2nd in NCAA)

MINNESOTA DULUTH LAST WEEKEND

Minnesota Duluth 5, Western Michigan 0 (March 9, 2018)

• The Bulldogs scored three (3) power-play goals and Joey Anderson finished with two (2) goals and one (1) assist

Minnesota Duluth 2, Western Michigan 0 (March 10, 2018)

• Louie Roehl scored with 2:24 left in the second period and the Bulldogs added an empty-netter to win the game and the series

DENVER - MINNESOTA DULUTH PLAYOFF HISTORY

• Denver leads the all-time postseason series with the Bulldogs, 20-8-2

• The Pioneers are 2-0-0 in the NCHC playoffs and 16-8-2 in the WCHA playoffs against the Bulldogs

• Denver is 1-1-0 against Minnesota Duluth in the Xcel Energy Center

PIONEERS IN THE POLLS

• Denver is tied for 4th in the PairWise rankings

• The Pioneers are 5th 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 46 consecutive weeks and each week this season. The last time the Pioneers were outside the Top 5 was Oct. 17, 2016

• Denver is 4th in the USCHO.com poll. Denver has been ranked in the Top 5 of the USCHO.com poll for 44 consecutive weeks and each week this season. The last time the Pioneers were outside the Top 5 was Oct. 17, 2016

WHO'S HOT?

Henrik Borgström has four (4) goals and eight (8) assists in his last 10 games

Jarid Lukosevicius has seven (7) goals and four (4) assists in his last 10 games

Troy Terry has two (2) goals and eight (8) assists in his last five (5) games

NCHC ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS

Ian Mitchell was named to the NCHC All-Rookie Team

Henrik Borgström and Tanner Jaillet were named to First-Team All-Conference

Troy Terry and Dylan Gambrell were named to Second-Team All-Conference

NCHC INDIVIDUAL AWARD FINALISTS
Henrik Borgström was named a finalist for NCHC Player of the Year and NCHC Forward of the Year

Dylan Gambrell was named a finalist for the NCHC Three Stars Award

Ian Mitchell was named a finalist for NCHC Rookie of the Year

Tanner Jaillet was named a finalist for NCHC Goalie of the Year

JAILLET A SEMIFINALIST FOR 2018 MIKE RICHTER AWARD

Tanner Jaillet was named among 10 semifinalists for the 2018 Mike Richter Award, the honor for the most outstanding goalie in college hockey

• Jaillet won the 2017 Mike Richter Award. No player in the five-year history of the award has won twice

• The winner will be announced at the NCAA Frozen Four on Friday, April 6

TOP SCORERS

Henrik Borgström is tied for 5th in NCAA scoring with 49 points (21-28-49)

Ian Mitchell is 5th among NCAA freshmen defensemen with 24 points (2-22-24)

DENVER FROZEN FACEOFF HISTORY

• Denver has won the Frozen Faceoff once (2014) in the five-year history of the conference tournament

• The Pioneers have finished in third place for three-consecutive years

20-WIN STREAK

• Denver has had 17-straight 20-win seasons, dating to the 2001-2002 season

BEST IN CLASS

• Denver has the 2nd highest-scoring junior class in the nation, recording 168 points (60-108-168)

Troy Terry (8th) and Dylan Gambrell (T-12th) are among the top-scoring juniors in the nation

REACHING MILESTONES

Tanner Jaillet set a school record in all-time games played by a goalie on Feb. 23, surpassing Stephen Wagner `s school record of 124 set from 1996-2000

Troy Terry reached 100 career points (42-58-100) on Feb. 23, becoming the 97th member of Denver's 100-point club

Tanner Jaillet has 77 career wins, five (5) shy of tying Denver Athletic Director Ron Grahame's school record set from 1970-1973

Logan O'Connor played his 100th career game on March 2, 2018

Henrik Borgström is eight (8) points shy of 100 career points

TAKE SHOTS

• The Pioneers have outshot their opponent in 18 of their last 21 games and 27 games this season

  Denver averages 35.7 shots per game, 2nd-most in the NCAA. Denver has had 40 or more shots in 13 games this season




 

 

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