Jan. 30, 2010
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Joe Colborne (Calgary, Alberta) scored his second game-winning goal of the weekend and Marc Cheverie (Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia) made 22 saves to lead No. 3 Denver to a 4-2 comeback win tonight before 11,750 fans at Engelstad Arena. Kyle Ostrow, Drew Shore and Rhett Rakhshani also scored as the Pioneers record the weekend sweep and improve to 16-6-4 and 12-4-4 WCHA. North Dakota falls to 13-10-5, 8-9-3 WCHA.
“Our guys should be proud of this accomplishment,” DU head coach George Gwozdecky said. “Tonight was a real character win for our team, especially after falling down 2-0 in the second period.”
Anthony Maiani (Shelby Township, Mich.) setup two goals, while Shore and Rakhshani added assists as the Pioneers swept their first four-game, regular-season series against North Dakota since 1992-93.
North Dakota jumped to its 2-0 lead on a pair of goals from Chris VandeVelde. The senior redirected Andrew MacWilliam’s blast at 12:19 of the first and scored at 2:42 of the second with assists going to Jason Gregiore on each goal.
Denver then scored three consecutive goals to take a 3-2 lead after two periods. Ostrow netted a nifty centering feed from Maiani at 10:31, Shore ripped a blast by Brad Eidsness (24 saves) from the high slot at 13:37 and Colborne gave DU’s first lead when he converted from the slot at 17:52.
Rakhshani iced the win for DU with a blast from the right circle at 12:16 of the third period.
DU outshot UND, 28-24, and went 1-for-3 on the power play. The Pioneers sparkled on the penalty kill with a 4-for-4 effort.
DU hosts Mercyhurst on Feb. 5. Puck drop is set for 7:37 p.m.
Notes: DU is first in the WCHA with 28 points. The Pioneers are second in the latest PairWise Rankings. Colborne has 5-7=12 during his eight-game point streak. Maiani has 1-5=6 during his five-game point streak. Denver leads the WCHA on the penalty kill at 88.5%.