No. 12 Denver ends regular season on uptick with win vs. Alaska Anchorage
DENVER -- The No. 12 Denver scored three goals in the first period and never looked back as it posted a convincing 6-1 win against Alaska Anchorage in the regular-season finale for both teams Sunday afternoon at Magness Arena.
Denver upped its record to 19-11-5 overall and 14-9-5 in the WCHA. Alaska Anchorage fell to 4-23-7 and 2-20-6 (WCHA). Denver outscored Anchorage 13-2 in sweeping the two-game set. The Pioneers posted a 7-1 victory Friday.
On Sunday, sophomore Scott Mayfield ripped a rising slap shot from right on the blue line to give the Pioneers a 1-0 lead 7:03 into the game. The goal marked Mayfield's fourth this season and his second in the past three games.
Denver stretched the margin to 2-0 at 12:03 of the first period when Zac Larraza redirected a blast by teammate Paul Phillips into the Anchorage net for his third goal in the past two games and his 11th on the season.
The Pioneers added a power-play goal with just 1:16 left in the opening frame as freshman Nolan Zajac put away a slap shot from the right circle following a feed from teammate Joey LaLeggia. The tally marked Zajac's sixth this season.
Senior Shawn Ostrow registered his 13th tally of the season 5:24 into the second period to increase the margin to 4-0.
Phillips set up Ostrow for his second goal of the period less than 10 minutes later. Phillips wrapped a pass around from the back of the net and found Ostrow's stick just outside the crease for a one-timer than made the score 5-0 at 14:15 of the second. The goal marked Ostrow's team-leading 14th on the season.
Junior David Makowski buried a slap shot from the slot for his eighth of the season at 11:02 of the third period to account for the final goal for Denver.
Anchorage avoided the shutout when Tyler Currier scored with less than four minutes remaining.
Junior goalie Sam Brittain turned away 27 shots en route to the victory. Chris Kamal made 28 saves in defeat for Anchorage.
Denver outshot Anchorage 34-28 for the game. The Pioneers won 33 of 57 faceoff chances. Nick Shore led the Pioneers on the draws, capturing 14 of 22.
Denver enters the 2013 WCHA tournament as the No. 5 overall seed. It will open the postseason on Friday night at home vs. Colorado College in the first game of the best-of-three WCHA first-round playoff series. The Pioneers have only been defeated once in their past 10 games on the Magness Arena ice.