DENVER - Michigan Tech ended its 25-game winless streak, scoring two shorthanded goals in a 3-2 upset victory over No. 4 Denver Friday night at Magness Arena.
Michigan Tech improves to 4-23-4, 2-19-2 WCHA with the win. Denver is now 18-8-5, 14-6-3 WCHA. The win snapped Denver's eight-game winning streak over Michigan Tech.
"We got beat by a better team tonight. Michigan Tech wanted it more and they played smart, hard hockey," head coach George Gwozdecky said. "We just did not get it done in this one."
Sophomores Matt Donovan (Edmond, Okla.) and Drew Shore (Denver) scored for the Pioneers. Freshman Sam Brittain (Calgary, Alberta) saved 18 shots in the loss.
Patrick McCadden, Bryce Reddick and Ryan Furne scored for Michigan Tech. Kevin Genoe made 23 saves for the Huskies.
Denver fell behind 1-0 early in the first period when McCadden scored an unassisted shorthanded goal at 5:23. The Pioneers started to get things clicking as the period wore on and tied the game 1-1 when Donovan netted a Nick Shore (Denver) pass at 15:45.
Michigan Tech gained a 2-1 lead to open the second period when Reddick scored from Bennett Royer at 5:11. Denver got into a deeper hole minutes later when Furne scored another Huskie shorthanded goal from McCadden at 8:38 to give MTU a 3-1 lead.
The Pioneers climbed back within one goal to begin the third period when Drew Shore scored at 2:18 from Jason Zucker (Las Vegas, Nev.) and John Lee (Moorhead, Minn.) made it a 3-2 game.
DU outshot MTU 25-21 and went 0-for-4 on the power play in the game. MTU finished 0-for-4 with the man-advantage
Game two at Magness Arena is set for tomorrow night at 7:07 p.m. MT.
Notes: The Pioneers are fifth in the latest PairWise rankings. Drew Shore extended his point streak to five games. David Makowski (suspension) and Kyle Ostrow (injury) sat out the game. Denver has allowed the first goal in its last six games. DU will honor its five WCHA Scholar-Athletes (Jesse Martin, Chris Nutini, Kyle Ostrow, Shawn Ostrow and Paul Phillips) for achieving a 3.5 GPA or better during the first intermission at tomorrow night's game. Earlier today former Pioneer forward Joe Colborne and two future draft picks were traded from the Boston Bruins to the Toronto Maple Leafs for defenseman Tomas Kaberle.