DENVER — Senior Chris Knowlton scored two goals and added a pair of assists, leading No. 2 Denver to a 6-2 victory and a weekend sweep of No. 14 Colorado College in front of a sellout crowd of 6,096 at Magness Arena on Saturday night.
It marked the first time the Pioneers (9-1-0, 7-1-0 WCHA) swept a weekend series against the Tigers (7-5-0, 4-2-0 WCHA) since Dec. 2-3, 2005. DU needs just one point against CC in the series on Feb. 8-9, 2013, in order to reclaim the Gold Pan Trophy for the fourth time in the past five years.
“We were really able to establish how the game was going to go by the way we played in the first period,” head coach George Gwozdecky said. “We played well, we dominated puck possession, and we scored three good goals. We gave up a pretty easy goal on a miscommunication between our goalie and defensemen, but other than that it was the best opening period we played all year. And it set the tone for the way we wanted the game to be played.”
Freshmen Gabe Levin and Quentin Shore, sophomore Matt Tabrum and senior Shawn Ostrow also found the back of the net for the Pioneers.
Junior goaltender Sam Brittain finished the night with 28 saves, while CC goaltender Joe Howe posted 24 saves.
The Pioneers got on the board first as Levin scored his first career goal just 3:39 into the game, finding the puck on the goal line and poking it in after a Knowlton shot and David Makowski pass.
Tabrum scored at the 10:14 mark in the first period, his second goal in as many nights, off an assist from Quentin Shore.
Ostrow put the Pioneers up three goals on a power play at the 17:21 mark in the first off passes by Daniel Doremus and Scott Mayfield.
Just 14 seconds later, Colorado College got a goal when Scott Winkler scored on an assist by Archie Skalbeck.
The Tigers scored again with just two minutes left in an otherwise scoreless second period, when William Rapuzzi scored with Mike Boivin and Scott Winkler getting the assists, just six seconds into a Makowski penalty.
In the final minute of the second period, Winkler was given a game misconduct penalty for contact to the head, and 31 seconds into the third period the Pioneers capitalized. Nick Shore and Joey LaLeggia passes set up Knowlton’s seventh goal of the season to put Denver up 4-2.
At the 5:01 mark in the third period, Quentin Shore riffled a wrister top shelf on a breakaway for his third of the season, which was assisted by Knowlton.
Knowlton sealed the game at the 17:31 mark in the third period off assists from Nick Shore and Levin.
In the game, Denver went 2 for 5 on the power play and killed off 4 of 5 penalties. DU dominated in the faceoff circle with a 33-14 advantage, including Nick Shore’s 18-3 and Ostrow’s 10-4.