DENVER - Senior Anthony Maiani (Shelby Township, Mich.) scored the game-winner and freshmen Beau Bennett (Gardena, Calif.) and Jason Zucker (Las Vegas, Nev.) and senior Kyle Ostrow (Calgary, Alberta) tallied a goal and an assist each, as the No. 4 Denver Pioneers charted a 4-1 win and series sweep of Alaska Anchorage before a sellout crowd of 6,033 Saturday night at Magness Arena. DU
The Pioneers, who remain unbeaten in their last eight games at 5-0-3, move to 16-5-5 overall and 12-3-3 in the WCHA. Alaska Anchorage goes to 7-12-3, 6-10-2 WCHA. Denver is also 12-1-3 overall in their last 16 games.
"Our offense took advantage early. To get out to a big lead like that is what we wanted," Denver head coach George Gwozdecky said. "Anchorage is a good team and there were times when we were out played, but we were able to finish around the net when we needed to."
Freshman Jarrod Mermis (Alton, Ill.) scored his first career goal and senior Kyle Ostrow (Calgary, Alberta) also scored for the Pioneers. Freshman Sam Brittain (Calgary, Alberta) stopped 28 shots in the win.
Chris Crowell scored and Rob Gunderson made 27 saves for Alaska Anchorage.
Alaska Anchorage grabbed the early lead when Crowell netted a pass from Craig Parkinson at 3:06 in the first period, but from that point on it was all Pioneers.
Mermis got Denver on the board late in the first period when he buried a pass from Bennett at 16:43 to tie the game 1-1. Maiani followed with the eventual game-winner, a shorthanded goal from Matt Donovan (Edmond, Okla.) at 18:56 to give Denver a 2-1 advantage. Seconds later Bennett netted a Nick Shore (Denver) pass at 19:19 and the Pioneers went into the first intermission up 3-1.
Denver scored early in the middle stanza with a Kyle Ostrow goal at 1:36 from Zucker that put the Pioneers up 4-1.
The Pioneers tallied another goal at 4:29 of the third period when Zucker tucked away a pass from John Ryder (Colorado Springs) to make the final score 5-1.
DU outshot UAA 32-29, and went 0-for-4 on the power play. Alaska Anchorage finished 0-for-5 with the man-advantage.
Denver travels to Colorado College Friday, Feb. 4. Puck drop is set for 8:07 p.m. MT.
Notes: Denver is 4th in the latest PairWise Rankings. The Pioneers' eight-game unbeaten streak is the second-longest in the nation. Kyle Ostrow needs three points to reach 100 for his career and has a six-game point streak. Jason Zucker leads the WCHA with 17 goals in league games. Denver has six shorthanded goals this season.