Freshman defenseman David Makowski's first career goal is game-winner for Pioneers

David Makowski scored the game-winner for the Pioneers

DENVER - Freshman David Makowski's power-play goal at 14:11 of the third period lifted No. 15 Denver to a 3-2 win over Minnesota State in college hockey action tonight at Magness Arena.

Drew Shore (Denver) and Luke Salazar (Thornton, Colo.) also scored and Sam Brittain (Calgary, Alberta) stopped 31 shots for his fourth win. Denver improves to 5-4-1 overall and 4-2-1 WCHA, while Minnesota State falls to 2-4-5, 2-3-2.

"David Makowski stepped up with a big goal for us tonight," DU head coach George Gwozdecky said. "You need those kinds of plays to win games like these."

Makowski broke a 2-2 with his first collegiate goal with a shot from the top of the left circle. John Lee (Moorhead, Minn.) and Salazar earned assists on the play.

Shore netted a first-period breakaway goal from Beau Bennett (Gardena, Calif.) at 5:56, but Justin Jokinen tallied the equalizer eight minutes later from the slot.

Matt Donovan (Edmond, Okla.) weaved around the Maverick defense to set up Salazar at 4:24 of the middle stanza. John Ryder (Colorado Springs, Colo.) started the play in the Denver zone. Eriah Hayes converted a Donovan turnover with an unassisted goal at 19:21 to make the score 2-2.

Denver outshot Minnesota State, 38-33, and went 1-for-5 on the power play. The Pioneers' penalty kill unit went 7-for-7 after allowing six power-play goals in their last outing at Colorado College. Phil Cook took the loss with 35 saves.

Notes: Drew Shore has a four-game goal streak and five-game point streak, which are both career bests. Nick Shore (Denver) and Paul Phillips (Darien, Ill.) returned to the DU lineup after missing nine and four games, respectively, with injuries.