NEBRASKA OMAHA AND DENVER SKATE TO 3-3 TIE
Junior forward Ryan Walters nets game-tying goal for Mavericks
DENVER - The No. 9/9 University of Denver ice hockey team had to settle for a 3-3 tie in its series finale with No. 13/13 Nebraska Omaha in a back-and-forth affair before 5,456 fans at Magness Arena on Saturday night.
The tie extends Denver's streak of games without a loss to four straight and marked its fifth overtime game this season. The Pioneers now stand at 0-1-4 in games that required extra time.
The Pioneers record now stands at 13-6-4 overall and 8-4-4 in league play, while Nebraska Omaha moves to 13-9-2 and 9-5-2 in the conference action.
Sophomore Zac Larraza (Scottsdale, Ariz.) picked up right where he left off in the opening game of the series as he followed a shot by Daniel Doremus (Aspen, Colo.) and blasted it into the net for his third goal in the last two games and fifth of the season to give Denver a 1-0 advantage just 1:31 into the contest.
Nebraska Omaha (13-9-2, 9-5-2 WCHA) managed to knot the game at 1-1 with just 20 seconds remaining in the opening period when Matt White got loose on a breakaway and put away his 12th goal of the season.
Senior Shawn Ostrow (Calgary, Alberta) allowed Denver to reclaim the one goal advantage at 2-1 when he scored a power play goal at the 2:44 mark of the second period when he put away a rebound following a blast from Scott Mayfield (St. Louis, Mo.).
Josh Archibald responded for the Mavericks just over a minute later with his 12th tally of the season at 3:49 of the second period to tie the contest at 2-2.
Denver (13-6-4, 8-4-4) reclaimed the lead at 3-2 with a short-handed tally after sophomore Joey LaLeggia (Burnaby, B.C.) was sent off for a hit from behind. Shortly after, Larazza set up senior Paul Phillips (Darien, Ill.) for a one-timer right in front of the net which Phillips buried for his second career goal 9:16 into the second period.
Ryan Walters answered again for Nebraska Omaha with his 14th goal of the season with 2:17 remaining in the second period to tie the game for the third and final time at 3-3.
Denver was out-shot for the game 46-36. The Pioneers finished the game 1-for-3 on power play opportunities, while limiting Nebraska Omaha to a 0-for-3 showing.
Denver goalie Juho Olkinuora (Helsinki, Finland) turned away a career-best 43 shots while running his personal streak of games without a loss to eight.
Denver won the overall faceoff battle 48-31. Ostrow led the Pioneers on the draws capturing 19-of-26.
Denver will return to the road next weekend as it travels to No. 18 St. Cloud State for a two-game WCHA series against the Huskies. The series opens Friday at 6:37 p.m. (MT) and will be and broadcast live on 102.9 FM KDSP (Denver).