DENVER – No. 14 Denver scored three goals in the first period, including a pair in a span of nine seconds, as it cruised to a 6-0 shutout against No. 6 Boston on Saturday before a sellout crowd of 6,026 at Magness Arena in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum Faceoff Classic.
The win snapped the Pioneers’ eight-game winless streak and improved their overall mark to 10-6-3 on the season, while Boston U slipped to 10-6-0. The shutout marks the first time Boston U has been blanked by an opponent in 125 contests – which entering Saturday’s game was the longest such streak nationally.
Six different players scored in the win for Denver and was the seventh time that DU has notched at least five goals in a game this season.
Denver (10-6-3) got on the scoreboard just 4:59 into regulation when senior Shawn Ostrow redirected a blast off the stick of Nick Shore past Boston goalie Matt O’Connor (32 saves), to make the score 1-0.
Following a game misconduct penalty on Denver’s Scott Mayfield for elbowing, the Pioneers responded with a pair of goals in a span of nine seconds to open a 3-0 margin. Sophomore Zac Larraza put away his second goal of the season at the 10:56 mark of the first period followed by Quentin Shore’s fourth goal of the season at 11:05.
The three first-period goals marked the first time that the Pioneers have scored three times in a single frame since netting three in the first period against New Hampshire on Nov. 24.
Nick Shore got into the scoring act as he put away his eighth goal of the season with 5:43 remaining in the second period following a setup by Ty Loney and Joey LaLeggia, upping the Denver advantage to 4-0.
Boston tried to change momentum with back-to-back breakaway attempts in the first two minutes of the final period, but both were turned away with outstanding saves by Denver goaltender Juho Olkinuora, who finished the game with 29 saves while recording his first shutout this season and the third of his career.
Senior Chris Knowlton added his team-leading 11th goal at the 7:10 mark of the third period off an assist from Quentin Shore. Knowlton put away a blast in the top corner past Boston’s O’Connor. Nolan Zajac added a goal with just 35 seconds remaining in regulation to account for the final 6-0 margin.
The two teams combined for a total of 29 penalties and 91 penalty minutes as well as three ejections.
For the game, Denver out-shot the Terriers 38-29. The Pioneers were successful on 3-of-8 power play chances, while Boston finished 0-for-5.
Denver won the faceoff battle 35-33. Ostrow led the Pioneers on the draws capturing 18-of-30.