DENVER - Three freshmen tallied their first career goals and Jason Zucker (Las Vegas, Nev.), Joey LaLeggia (Burnaby, British Columbia) and Shawn Ostrow (Calgary, Alberta) netted two goals each in No. 3 Denver's 10-2 victory over Minnesota State at Magness Arena on Saturday night.
Denver moves to 3-1-0 on the season (2-0-0 WCHA). Minnesota State falls to 1-5-0 (0-2-0).
"It was a good weekend for us and we're pleased with both wins," DU head coach George Gwozdecky said. "It was a good Homecoming and we're looking forward to next weekend."
Freshmen LaLeggia, Daniel Doremus (Aspen, Colo.) and Scott Mayfield (St. Louis, Mo.) scored their first collegiate goals. Junior Drew Shore (Denver, Colo.) recorded a career-high four assists, sophomore David Makowski (Wildwood, Mo.) tallied a career-high four points with a goal and three assists, and Ostrow notched a career-high four points with two goals and two assists. Sophomore Beau Bennett (Gardena, Calif.) added three assists.
Junior netminder Adam Murray (Anchorage, Alaska) recorded 33 saves in the victory and was replaced by freshman Juho Olkinuora (Helsinki, Finland) at 10:46 of the third. Olkinuora finished with two saves.
Zucker hammered in DU's first goal 44 seconds into the opening period from Makowski and Drew Shore. LaLeggia made it 2-0 with his first collegiate goal at 4:36 from Bennett and Ostrow.
Doremus recorded the game-winner at 3:11 of the second from freshman Matt Tabrum (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Drew Shore. Zucker netted his second goal of the night 33 seconds later from Bennett and Makowski.
Mayfield scored from Bennett at 4:58 of the middle period to give the Pioneers a 5-0 lead and Ostrow scored at 6:52 of the second from Makowski. Sophomore Jarrod Mermis (Alton, Ill.) made it 7-0 at 15:08 of the second from Ostrow and freshman Zac Larraza (Scottsdale, Ariz.).
LaLeggia added his second goal of the night, shorthanded, at 2:15 of the third period, putting Denver up 8-0. Drew Shore recorded his third assist of the night.
The Mavericks cut the DU lead 8-2 on goals by Jean-Paul Lafontaine and Zach Palmquist.
Makowski added a goal from Drew Shore at 12:16 of the third to give the Pioneers a 9-2 lead. Ostrow scored his second goal of the night at 16:25 from freshman Josiah Didier (Littleton, Colo.) and Mermis.
The Pioneers outshot the Mavericks 39-37 and went 3-for-7 on the power play. Denver was 8-for-10 on the penalty kill. Minnesota State was 2-10 with the man-advantage and 4-for-7 on the penalty kill.
Denver travels to Michigan Tech on Oct. 28 and 29.
Notes: Chancellor Robert Coombe, Vice Chancellor Peg Bradley-Doppes and former Chancellor Daniel L. Ritchie participated in a ceremonial puck drop prior to tonight's game to celebrate Pioneer Athletics Day. Drew Shore and Zucker both have four-game point streaks. Tabrum, Larraza and Didier each recorded their first career points with assists. Olkinuora made his collegiate debut, playing the final 9:14 of the game. This is the first time since an 11-1 rout of Air Force on Dec. 27, 1995 that the Pioneers have scored 10 or more goals.