DENVER - No. 15 Denver scored three times in the first period en route to a 6-1 win over Minnesota State in WCHA action tonight before 5,104 fans at Magness Arena.
Luke Salazar (Thornton, Colo.) and Anthony Maiani (Shelby Township, Mich.) each scored twice, and Beau Bennett (Gardena, Calif.) and David Makowski (Wildwood, Mo.) also scored as Denver completed the two-game sweep to improve its record to 6-4-2, 5-2-1 WCHA. Minnesota State falls to 2-6-4, 2-6-2.
Maiani became the 92nd member of the Pioneer Century Club for 100-point scorers with a shorthanded goal at 18:25 of the third period to complete his three-point night. Makowski added two assists for a career-best, three-point night. Matt Donovan (Edmond, Okla.) chipped in two assists.
"We were pretty average until that first power-play goal," DU head coach George Gwozdecky said. "I thought that goal and our fourth goal really gave us some energy."
Sam Brittain (Calgary, Alberta) got the win with 29 saves before giving way to No. 3 goaltender Josh Rosenholtz (Ridgefield, Conn.). Phil Cook (19 saves) took the loss. Eli Zuck scored Minnesota State's lone goal.
Maiani buried a Donovan feed on 5-on-3 advantage at 14:30 of the first period. Makowski also earned an assist on the play.
Salazar made it 2-0 after netting a Jason Zucker (Las Vegas) feed at 18:53 and Bennett's first career goal from Makowski and Maiani at 19:16 made it 3-0.
Zuck cut the lead to 3-1 with a second-period goal, but Salazar struck again from the slot off a feed from Jarrod Mermis (Alton, Ill.) 46 seconds into the final period.
Makowski made it 5-1 with a power-play goal at 4:50 from Donovan.
DU sparkled with a 7-for-7 effort on the penalty kill and went 2-for-6 on the power play. The Pioneers outshot the Mavericks, 35-30, in the game.
Denver hosts new WCHA member Bemidji State on Nov. 19-20.
Notes: John Lee (Moorhead, Minn.) missed the game with a broken left hand. Lee suffered the injury in last night's 3-2 win. Denver is 10-0-2 in its last 12 games against Minnesota State in Denver. Brittain has started nine straight games in net. Salazar has four career two-goal games. The assist marked the first career point for Mermis.