Senior forward Dustin Jackson nets game-winning goal for Pioneers

Dustin Jackson scored the game-winning goal for the Pioneers

Mankato, Minn. --- Sixth-rated Denver overcame a three-goal deficit in downing Minnesota State 4-3 in overtime Saturday in Mankato.

MSU struck first at 5:12 in the first period when freshman Chase Grant picked up a turnover at the DU blue line, skated it past a defender who fell on the play, and beat Pioneer sophomore Adam Murray high on the stickside.

MSU then took a 2-0 lead early in the second period when senior defenseman Channing Boe took a shot from the point that deflected off of a DU player's stick over Murray's shoulder. The Mavericks upped their lead to three goals just 49 seconds later when sophomore Eriah Hayes caught senior Andrew Sackrison's pass from the boards and put it in from the top of the crease at 2:41. DU answered back for the final goal of the period at 5:30 with a one-timer from freshman Beau Bennett on a pass by freshman Nick Shore.

DU struck again at 11:31 in the third period when Bennett's shot deflected off of Nick Shore and past MSU sophomore goaltender Phil Cook. The Pioneers tied things up 13:31 with freshman Jason Zucker went in and deked before putting the puck past Cook to send the game into overtime. Overtime ended quickly at 0:21 seconds into the period when junior Dustin Jackson caught a pass from behind the net and one-time a shot that hit the right goal post for the game winner.

Cook stopped 26 shots from DU, while Adam Murray was credited with 24 saves. For the second night in a row Chase Grant had a goal and an assist.

Now 4-9-3 in WCHA play and 10-9-5 on the season, MSU plays at the University of Wisconsin next weekend. The Pioneers improve to 10-3-3 in league play and are 14-5-5 overall.