DENVER - Freshman Beau Bennett (Gardena, Calif.) tallied the game-winner at 9:22 in the third period and senior captain Kyle Ostrow (Calgary, Alberta) scored two goals, as the No. 4 Denver Pioneers remain unbeaten in their last seven games (4-0-3) by claiming a 3-2 victory over Alaska Anchorage Friday night at Magness Arena.
The Pioneers move to 15-5-5 overall and 11-3-3 in the WCHA and are now 11-1-3 overall in their last 15 games. Alaska Anchorage goes to 7-11-3, 6-9-2 WCHA. Denver moves into first place in the WCHA with 25 league points.
"Being able to win close games is a great characteristic to have. This was a good win for us," Denver head coach George Gwozdecky said. "The chances were there and we took advantage of them tonight."
Senior Anthony Maiani (Shelby Township, Mich.) recorded two assists and Anchorage native Adam Murray stopped 21 shots in the win.
Mitch Bruijsten and Matt Bailey scored for the Seawolves. Rob Gunderson made 22 saves for Alaska Anchorage.
The Pioneers got on the scoreboard immediately when Kyle Ostrow took a Maiani pass off the opening faceoff to give Denver a 1-0 lead nine seconds into the first period.
The Seawolves answered with a Bruijsten goal from Nick Haddad at 9:48 to tie the game 1-1 and the score remained 1-1 going into the first intermission. Denver outshot Alaska Anchorage 10-5 in the opening session.
Kyle Ostrow again gave the Pioneers the upper hand at 9:34 in the second when he buried another Maiani pass to put Denver up 2-1. UAA outshot the Pioneers 11-6, but Murray was impenetrable in the period and DU led 2-1 after 40 minutes of play.
Alaska Anchorage tied the game 2-2 early in the third period when Bailey scored at 2:21 from Brett Cameron.
Denver retook the lead when Bennett buried the game-winner from Nick Shore (Denver) to make the final score.
DU outshot UAA 25-23, and went 0-for-3 on the power play in the game. Alaska Anchorage finished 0-for-3 with the man-advantage.
The series finale is set for Saturday night at 7:07 p.m. MT.
Notes: Denver is 4th in the latest PairWise Rankings. The Pioneers scored the first goal for the first time in six games. Kyle Ostrow's first goal was the third-fastest goal in Denver history. Ostrow's second goal of the night marked his first two-goal game of the season and moved him to within five points of reaching 100 for his career. Alaska Anchorage's Andrew Pickering was injured midway through the second period and did not return.