Jan. 3, 2010
DENVER - Rhett Rakhshani (Huntington Beach, Calif.) scored two goals and tallied an assist and Joe Colborne (Calgary, Alberta) scored the game-winner to propel No. 2 Denver (13-5-2) to a dramatic 4-3 comeback victory over No. 5/6 Boston College (10-5-2) in the championship game of the Wells Fargo Denver Cup. Rakhshani was named tournament MVP as DU claimed its 14th Wells Fargo Denver Cup championship in front of a crowd of 5,983 tonight at Magness Arena.
“BC is one of the top teams in the country and we knew that they were going to come out strong against us,” DU head coach George Gwozdecky said. “We were able to fight back from our slow start and came away with a win. Rhett was terrific all weekend and he led our team to the championship tonight.”
After being blanked the first two periods, Rakhshani put the Pioneers on the board with a long wrist shot 30 seconds into the third period. Drew Shore (Denver, Colo.) scored off a faceoff at 6:45 to bring Denver within one goal. At 14:44, with a scrum in front of BC goalie John Muse, Rakhshani was able to find the back of the net to even the score at 3-3. Colborne then hammered home Rakhshani’s rebound for the game-winning goal with 3:15 remaining.
Marc Cheverie (Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia) made 28 saves in the victory. DU outshot BC, 39-31, and went both teams were held without a power-play goal.
Earlier this afternoon, Nebraska Omaha defeated St. Lawrence in a shootout after the teams skated to a 2-2 tie.
Rakhshahi was joined on the all-tournament by Colborne, Cheverie, Patrick Wiercioch (Maple Ridge, British Columbia), BC’s Tommy Cross and St. Lawrence’s Travis Vermeulen.