Ruegsegger's Closing-Minute Goal Delivers No. 2 Denver To Split With Anchorage
Jan. 10, 2010
DENVER - Senior Tyler Ruegsegger (Lakewood, Colo.) scored the game-winning goal with 38.9 seconds remaining to lift No. 2 Denver to a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Alaska Anchorage before 5,931 fans in WCHA action tonight at Magness Arena. Denver moves to 14-5-3 and 10-3-3 in the WCHA, while Alaska Anchorage falls to 6-13-1, 4-11-1 WCHA.
"Tonight was a character win for our team," head coach George Gwozdecky said. "Some teams just matchup really well and that's the case with us and Anchorage. It's been a challenging four games against Anchorage this year. It's important to be prepared to play hard and execute to give yourselves the chance to win, and that's what we were able to do tonight."
Rhett Rakhshani (Huntington Beach, Calif.) setup the game-winner with a no-look pass between his legs from behind the Anchorage net. Ruegsegger took Rakhshani's pass at the right circle and beat Jon Olthuis (26 saves) glove-side for his second game-winning goal of the season.
Patrick Wiercioch (Maple Ridge, British Columbia) gave DU a 1-0 lead with a slap shot from the point on the power play at 18:35 of the first period. Rakhshani and Ruegsegger earned assists on the play.
Mickey Spencer tied it at 1-1 with a power-play tally from Sean Wiles and Daniel Naslund at 18:59 of the second period.
Joe Colborne (Calgary, Alberta) redirected a John Lee (Moorhead, Minn.) blast to give DU a 2-1 lead at 9:48 of the second, but the Seawolves answered immediately with a Nick Haddad goal from the low slot at 10:58.
Marc Cheverie (Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia) stopped 20 shots to earn his 12th win. DU outshot UAA, 29-22, and went 1-for-6 on the power play. UAA went 1-for-3 with the man-advantage.
DU returns to action at Wisconsin on Jan. 22-23.
Notes: DU is first in the WCHA with 23 points. DU improved to 4-4-2 on Saturday and 2-1-1 against the Seawolves this season. Denver is 3-0-1 in its last four games. Ruegsegger increased his career-best point streak to 11 games. He has 6-11=17 during the streak. Wiercioch has 2-5=7 during his five-game point streak, while Colborne has 3-5=8 during his four-game point streak. Rakhshani leads DU in scoring with 15-14=29.