DENVER - Sophomore Shawn Ostrow (Calgary, Alberta) scored twice in the third period, including the game-winner, to lead No. 6 Denver to a 4-2 come-from-behind win over Minnesota State in game one of the WCHA Playoffs Friday night at Magness Arena.
Senior Kyle Ostrow (Calgary, Alberta) and freshman Beau Bennett (Gardena, Calif.) also scored as DU posted four goals in the final period to improve to 22-10-5. Zach Lehrke and Kurt Davis scored for Minnesota State (14-17-6) and Phil Cook made 23 saves in the loss.
"Any win at this time of year is important, especially in the WCHA Playoffs," head coach George Gwozdecky said. "We started off a little slow, but we made some tactical changes during the second intermission, found our rhythm, and came away with the victory. I'm really happy for Shawn Ostrow. He really stepped up when we needed him to."
Freshman David Makowski (Wildwood, Mo.) had two assists and freshman Sam Brittain (Calgary, Alberta) made 22 saves for the Pioneers. Denver can clinch its fourth consecutive WCHA Final Five berth with a win tomorrow night.
Trailing 2-0 after two periods, Kyle Ostrow got Denver on the board with a goal at 4:20 of the third from freshman Jason Zucker (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Makowski. Minutes later Bennett tied the game at 2-2 when he flipped in a pretty goal from senior Chris Nutini (Centennial, Colo.) at 8:00. Shawn Ostrow sealed the win for Denver, burying back-to-back goals at 17:35 from Makowski and senior Anthony Maiani (Shelby Township, Mich.), and an empty-netter at 19:05 to give the Pioneers a 4-2 win.
Minnesota State opened the scoring with a Lehrke goal at 10:49 from Chase Grant and took a 2-0 advantage when Davis scored on the power play from Evan Mosey at 19:58. The Pioneers were outshot 12-8 in the period and trailed 2-0 at the first intermission.
The Pioneers outshot Minnesota State 27-24 and each team scored once on the power play.
Denver and Minnesota State play game two of the series tomorrow night at 7:07 p.m. MT.
Notes: Denver and Minnesota State are meeting for the first time in the WCHA Playoffs. Denver is 9-0-2 in its last 11 games against the Mavericks. The Pioneers are tied for fourth in the latest PairWise Rankings.