Oct. 10, 2009

*Courtesy of Denver Athletics

DENVER - Top-ranked Denver began its 60th Anniversary celebration of varsity hockey with a 5-4 comeback victory over No. 14 Vermont tonight at Magness Arena.

Sophomore Joe Colborne (Calgary, Alberta) scored a pair of third-period goals as DU overcame a two-goal deficit to start the final stanza.

The Pioneers trailed 4-2 heading into the third period, but rallied behind power-play goals from sophomore Patrick Wiercioch (Maple Ridge, British Columbia) and Colborne. Colborne then netted his second goal of the game with 2:01 remaining to give DU its first and only lead of the game at 5-4.

Freshman Matt Donovan (Edmond, Okla.) and Wiercioch each tallied a goal and an assist, and senior Rhett Rakhshani (Huntington Beach, Calif.) had two assists.

"We were fortunate to get the win tonight," head coach George Gwozdecky said. "I thought a lot of our guys had some pre-game jitters and it showed during the first two periods. It's a big weekend for our program with a lot of our alums in attendance and we're happy to start the season with a win."

Vermont led 2-1 after the first period on goals by Patrick Cullity and Jack Downing. Junior Kyle Ostrow (Calgary, Alberta) tallied the lone goal for DU in the first period with assists credited to seniors Tyler Ruegsegger (Lakewood, Colo.) and Matt Glasser (Calgary, Alberta).

Josh Barrows and Wahsontiio Stacey scored for the Catamounts in the second period, while Donovan netted his first collegiate goal on an unassisted effort.

Wiercioch cut the Catamounts lead to one just 23 seconds into the third period, and Colborne tied the score at 4-4 with 11:48 remaining.

The Pioneers outshot the Catamounts, 43-22, in the contest. Vermont goaltender Rob Madore posted 38 saves, while junior Marc Cheverie (Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia) tallied 18 for DU.

DU went 2-for-5 on the power play, while Vermont was 0-for-2.

The Pioneers continue their celebration of the 60th Anniversary of hockey against Vermont tomorrow night at 7:07 p.m.

Notes: DU won its third consecutive season-opener against an NCAA Frozen Four participant from the previous year. The Pioneers defeated Maine to start the 2007-08 season and Notre Dame to start last season. DU is now 8-1 in its last nine home openers. Colborne tallied his ninth career multi-point game.