DENVER - Co-captain Drew Shore (Denver, Colo.) recorded his 100th career point and registered a career-high five points on two goals and three assists as No. 16 Denver powered past Bemidji State, 6-3, Friday night at Magness Arena.
Ty Loney (Valencia, Pa.) added two goals and Joey LaLeggia (Burnaby, British Columbia) also scored as Denver overcame a sluggish first period to improve to 12-8-3 overall, 7-5-3 WCHA. Sophomore Jason Zucker (Las Vegas, Nev.) recorded two assists in his first game back from the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championships.
"That was one of the worst starts we've had in quite a long time and considering how important this series was, this game was, I was disappointed and I let them know that," DU head coach George Gwozdecky said. "They responded and came out and got a power-play goal. Ty Loney scored a big time goal and obviously Drew Shore had a huge night for us."
Bemidji State (11-10-2, 5-8-2 WCHA) opened the scoring on defenseman Kyle Brodie's goal at 5:19 of the opening frame. BSU outshot DU 10-5 and maintained the 1-0 lead over the Pioneers in the first period.
Loney knotted the game at 1-1 at 2:28 of the six-goal middle frame, finding the back of the net behind Beaver goalie Andrew Walsh (18 saves). Drew Shore assisted on the goal.
Drew Shore buried his own rebound on the man-advantage less than two minutes later to put the Pioneers up 2-1. Nick Shore (Denver, Colo.) and LaLeggia recorded assists on the power-play goal.
Jordan George evened the game at 2-2, beating Murray glove-side from the right circle at 6:17 of the middle period. LaLeggia re-gained the lead for Denver at 12:04 of the second, firing a bar-down goal from between the circles to make it 3-2. Zucker and Drew Shore had the assists.
Drew Shore made it 4-2 with what proved to be the game-winning goal at 13:54, deflecting the puck off a Bemidji State skate and past Walsh. Loney lit the lamp for his second goal of the night at 16:28, putting the Pioneers up 5-2 after receiving a pass from Luke Salazar (Thornton, Colo.) and Paul Phillips (Darien, Ill.).
Brance Orban cut the lead to 5-3 with a power-play goal at 8:38 of the third period. Chris Knowlton (Colorado Springs, Colo.) sealed the victory for the Pioneers with an empty-net goal at 17:46. Drew Shore reached the 100-point barrier with an assist. John Lee (Moorhead, Minn.) also picked up an assist.
Bemidji State outshot Denver, 30-24, but Denver went 1-for-4 with the man-advantage and killed 4-of-5 penalties.
The Pioneers complete the series against the Beavers tomorrow night at Magness Arena at 7:07 p.m. MT.
Notes: Denver improves to 10-1 all-time against Bemidji State. DU is 16th in the latest PairWise Rankings. Drew Shore leads the nation with six game-winning goals. LaLeggia has eight points (3g, 5a) during his five-game point streak. Nick Shore has six points (1g, 5a) during his five-game point streak. Loney has eight points (4g, 4a) during his four-game point streak.